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NISO Plus!

February 23-25, 2020
Lord Baltimore Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland

In February of 2020, NISO will introduce a new-and-yet-not-a-new thing to your calendar: the NISO Plus Conference! Continuing in the tradition of the NFAIS conference which ran for 61 years, we will inaugurate a 62nd year, celebrating the merger of NISO and NFAIS with a new and different conference experience for the information community. Our goal is to bring all of the constituencies in the information economy together to generate discussion, seek common ground, identify areas of opportunity and provide a space and resources to work towards solving common problems.

NISO Plus will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, from February 23-25 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. Baltimore is the home of NISO, and we hope to make the city an integral part of the conference, in all its artsy and quirky character. While we are building on the over-half-a-century experience of NFAIS conferences, this will be the first NISO conference, and we are planning a multi-year strategy of bigger and better for NISO Plus.

We will be continuing some of the best traditions of the NFAIS conferences of the past, including the Miles Conrad Lecture, while making those traditions far more affordable by reducing the cost of attendance from previous years. With two and a half days of networking and education on tap, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about emerging and exciting areas of change and development like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, the rise of decentralization and blockchain, new content types like Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality, and more. There will also be sessions to help attendees wrap their heads around current issues and problems, and to work towards solutions for those in areas like Electronic Resource Management systems, Open Access issues, Digital Humanities, Data management, and the difficulties associated with measurement and statistics. We will also be featuring attendees themselves by offering Lightning Talk and other attendee-driven sessions that allow participants to highlight their own work.

NISO Plus will combine the strengths of both NFAIS and NISO, bringing together the future-forward thinkers of the information community and the practical accomplishments of the standards community into something more than the sum of its parts.