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NISO Meetings on Open Source and ISBN

Perens To Highlight Legal, Technical Curbs on Information Exchange in NISO Keynote

Annual Meeting Free and Open to All

Other Events Include ISBN and NISO Standards Briefings

Bethesda, MD, USA. December 08, 2003.

With a focus on the potential threats to the future of libraries, Open Source leader Bruce Perens will address the National Information Standards Organization's (NISO) Annual Meeting, to be held in conjunction with the midwinter meeting of the American Library Association. The international meeting -- free and open to the public -- on Sunday, January 11, 2004 at the U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego will include participants from technology vendors and software developers, publishing companies, content aggregators, universities, government, and libraries.

Citing the value of an Open-Source approach to information standards and distribution, Perens will explore the places where intellectual property law can impinge on the operation of libraries. "We now have the technological means to control the copyright of material in ways we never had before," he noted. "I will cover specific efforts to curb the distribution of information by libraries or otherwise restrict it" in the speech entitled "A World of Constraint." Among those efforts are HR 3261, the Database and Collections of Information Misappropriate Act; the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA); and software patenting.

"The big question for libraries," Perens continued, "is 'will it be considered legal to be a lending repository of knowledge?'" Perens ( is a leader in the Free Software and Open Source community. He is creator of the Open Source Definition, the manifesto of the Open Source movement in Software. He is founder or co-founder of the Open Source Initiative, The Linux Standard Base, Software in the Public Interest, and No-Code International.

On Monday, January 12, NISO will continue its programming with "An ISBN Briefing: Size Matters!" The program in Room 2 of the San Diego Convention Center will tell participants how to transition to the new 13-digit International Standard Book Number (ISBN) from the current 10-digit format. Free to NISO members, the registration fee for non-members is $149. Pre-registration is required.

Two other member events precede the Annual Meeting and ISBN Briefing:

  • On January 9, NISO will hold a joint meeting with the Automation Vendor Information Advisory Committee (AVIAC) at the San Diego Convention Center, Room 17A/B. The meeting will focus on the new NISO Networked Reference Protocol and the trial implementations to be launched in the first quarter 2004. Participants will explore how this new standard can be the cornerstone of expanding a company's services.

  • On January 10, NISO will conduct a standards briefing for the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) Standards Special Interest Group. To be held at the Courtyard by Marriott Bankers Room, the meeting will explore the new Statistics and Metrics Standard, the OpenURL, and the Metasearch Initiative, among other projects.

About NISO

NISO (, a non-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), identifies, develops, maintains, and publishes technical standards to manage information in our changing and ever-more digital environment. NISO standards apply both traditional and new technologies to the full range of information-related needs, including retrieval, re-purposing, storage, metadata, and preservation.

Contact for Registration

Pat Harris
Executive Director
National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
4733 Bethesda Avenue, Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20814 USA
Tel: +1 301-654-2512

Contact for Press Credentials

Maryann Karinch
Tel: +1 970-577-8500

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