NISO Publishes Special Digital Preservation Issue of Information Standards Quarterly

by | Jun 24, 2010 | 0 comments

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of the Spring 2010 issue of the Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) magazine with a special issue theme of Digital Preservation. ISQ Guest Content Editor, Priscilla Caplan, Assistant Director for Digital Library Services, Florida Center for Library Automation, has compiled a stellar set of articles on the topic—authored by experts in the field from the U.S., U.K, Canada, and New Zealand.

“A vibrant international community of preservation specialists,” Priscilla Caplan explains, “is both developing and implementing standards and best practices in the areas of digital curation and preservation to ensure continued access to digital information. This special issue of ISQ describes many of the preservation endeavors underway and provides guidance that others can use in their own preservation efforts.”

This content-rich issue has features ranging from digital preservation-related metadata standards to trustworthy repositories, digital preservation planning, and the unified digital formats registry. The “In Practice” section provides practical advice from actual implementations and testing on preservation file formats, audiovisual digitization guidelines, and risk assessment to mitigate format obsolescence.

The opinion piece for this issue takes aim at digital preservation education in the U.S. (and the lack thereof), and the NISO member spotlight is on a major force for preservation in the U.S., the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

Rounding out the issue is a NISO report on the new OpenURL quality project—IOTA: Improving OpenURLs Through Analytics—and conference reports on the NIST Digital Preservation Interoperability Framework, the NISO E-Resources Preservation webinar, and the Electronic Resources & Libraries 2010 Conference, followed by Noteworthy reports on several preservation-related new publications and project milestones.

ISQ is available free to all NISO members and by subscription. Individual issue copies may also be purchased as supplies last (US: $36; international: $45). Selected articles from each issue are made available for free download. Visit the NISO ISQ webpage ( for more information. A limited number of ISQ sample issues, including this special issue on Digital Preservation, will be available at the NISO booth (#1410) at the American Library Association (ALA) 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. from June 25-29.

Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) is NISO’s print and electronic magazine for communicating standards-based technology and best practices in library, publishing, and information technology, particularly where these three areas overlap. ISQ reports on the progress of active developments and also on implementations, case studies, and best practices that show potentially replicable efforts.

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