*NISO Launches New Project to Improve Communication Around Content Platform
Migrations *

*January 15, 2019 – Baltimore, MD*.   The National Information Standards
Organization (NISO) Voting Members have approved a new project, *Recommended
Practices Around Content Platform Migrations*, to provide a standard
process and recommendations to all parties dealing with online content
platforms, which would improve communication between stakeholders before,
during, and after migration. NISO is now forming a working group; community
members with experience in aspects of content migration are invited to
engage in the creation of this Recommended Practice to better guide
publishers, vendors, and libraries.

“With so many publishers making their data available online, the platform
’market’ is very active. Librarians have reported over 30 content platform
migrations from 2016 to the present,” says Athena Hoeppner, Discovery
Services Librarian at the University of Central Florida and a co-sponsor of
the NISO proposal. “Such migrations are happening more and more often,
affecting end-users, librarians, publishers and vendors and a problem-free
migration is the exception rather than the norm. We anticipate that the
NISO working group, with all stakeholders represented, will benefit from
shared experiences and input from the community.”

“A migration that is well-planned, communicated and coordinated with
customers and well-executed will deliver content on a new platform with no
broken links or loss of functionality, no interruption of access and no
loss of customer information,” adds Kimberly Steinle, Library Relations
Manager at Duke University Press and anther proposal co-sponsor.
“Migrations can be complex with many things to track, from customer
holdings to particularities of EZProxy and other authentication
methodologies, to user accounts and security settings. The deliverables
from this working group will raise awareness and fill gaps, creating
smoother experiences for customers and end users alike.”

NISO’s Associate Director of Programs, Nettie Lagace, notes, “NISO is eager
to begin this work to develop standard processes for those responsible for
handling and communicating specifics about upcoming platform migrations.
Just as NISO developed recommended practices for the handling of transfers
of journal titles between publishers, a set of guidelines and checklists
for how best to handle content migrations will be of enormous aid to the
various stakeholders. Just one example might be a checklist for actions
that librarians might want to handle before a transition – tasks like
pulling usage statistics from an old platform or entitlement information.”
Those interested in participating in the working group now being formed
should contact Lagace at [log in to unmask]

*About NISO *NISO, based in Baltimore, MD, fosters the development and
maintenance of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent
management, and effective interchange of information so that it can be
trusted for use in research and learning. To fulfill this mission, NISO
engages libraries, publishers, information aggregators, and other
organizations that support learning, research, and scholarship through the
creation, organization, management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works
with intersecting communities of interest and across the entire lifecycle
of information standards. NISO is a not-for-profit association accredited
by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information,
visit the NISO website <http://www.niso.org/>.


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