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Achieving Standards Nirvana: Why Industry Interoperability Isn’t Easy, but Is Worth the Effort

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Are you sick and tired of hearing about standards? It’s not all rainbows and unicorns, you know. There’s more to standards than smiling PowerPoints and cheerful update newsletters. Standards are created to solve real problems for real people: They define transactions and help with workflows across interdependent organizations, communities and stakeholders. People who bump up against standards (and each other!) every day know about the hidden underbellies of inconsistent data and proprietary formats (just to name a few). Come play standards karaoke with us: Learn how standards affect the scholarly communications lifecycle and why we persevere through pain points to improve exchange and support innovation. You will take away lessons for better standards engagement at your own institution. In this session, using examples from NISO output, we will reveal the frictions that slow progress toward true standards nirvana in our work, but also demonstrate how and why we still cooperate to overcome these obstacles. Join us for an engaging expose of the trials and tribulations of working group standards-making!

Lettie Conrad, Publishing & Product Development Consultant, LYC Consulting, @lyconrad
Jason Price, Director of Licensing Operations, SCELC
Heather Staines, Head of Partnerships, MIT Knowledge Futures Group, @heatherstaines
Julie Zhu, Discovery Service Relations Manager, IEEE
Nettie Lagace, Associate Director for Programs, NISO, @abugseye

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