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Of course you can, but you don't have to eat only fish what you have to do is follow the progress of the Protocol for Exchanging Serial Content working group! PESC is a NISO Working group approved in May, 2013, that will recommend a practice for the exchange of serial/periodical content. The nineteen member group, led by co-chairs from LC and NIH, had their first meeting in September 2013, and began by sharing packaging and submission guidelines and determining a number of subgroups to focus on various issues within the recommended practice. The PESC Working group will have been meeting for about 9 months by the time of the NASIG conference, and it will be a great opportunity to present the groups' progress to the attendees. Libraries, archives, indexing services, content aggregators, publishers, and content creators all need to exchange serial data and work with digital files of serials. These may be text based, image based, text with images, or some other combination. The file formats may be XML, EPUB, HTML, PDF, ONIX, etc. And the recipient of the files needs to be able to accommodate the various data and formats if they are to incorporate that serial content into their product or service. Having a recommended practice will improve the interactions between and among these constituents, resulting in a better end-result.
Several other NISO and ISO committees and working groups are related in some way to PESC, including ISO/IEC CD 21320-1 (Information technology Document Container File) and NISO's Supplementary Materials for Journal Articles. The session will examine the overlap, discuss the plans to ensure that the recommendations aren't contradictory, and look at the next steps as PESC works towards their 18 month goal to deliver the recommendation. Questions and comments from the audience will be encouraged.
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