Associate Director for Programs
National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Planning, Libraries
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Chief Strategy Officer
Ex Libris Group
The Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) is a National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Working Group formed to develop a recommended practice in the area of index-based library discovery services. These single search services, ever-more relied upon as a primary basis for accessing a library’s collections, have improved the research experience immensely, but they remain firmly seated in a heterogeneous ecosystem consisting of diverse players with individual interests. With the intent of streamlining communications and processes in order to better serve library end users, ODI is investigating the stakeholder landscape in the following areas: data format and data transfer; communication of libraries’ rights to specific content; level of indexing performed for content; definition of fair linking to published content; exchange of usage data between discovery providers and information providers. This session will report on the progress of the group’s research work, including interviews and surveys of stakeholders, and preview the Draft ODI Recommended Practice, expected to be released for public comment soon after the Coalition for Networked Information spring 2013 membership meeting.