[Web4lib] NISO October Webinar: It's Only as Good as the Metadata: Improving OpenURL and Knowledgebase Quality

Cynthia Hodgson chodgson at niso.org
Thu Sep 9 10:12:12 EDT 2010

Date: October 13, 2010
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern time)


OpenURL is inextricably entwined with modern information services supplied
by, among others, libraries, resource providers, and system vendors. All of
these constituents and the end users whom they serve rely on the accuracy
and dependability of OpenURLs to bring information within easy reach;
ideally, within two mouse clicks. But the services powered by OpenURLs can
be brought low quickly by one or more errors within the citation data and/or
the OpenURL encoding itself. Such errors can leave librarians mystified,
resource providers puzzled, and users unhappy at a service's failure to
deliver, yet they are all too common.

NISO’s October webinar--It’s Only as Good as the Metadata: Improving OpenURL
and Knowledgebase Quality—discusses several efforts in place or underway to
ensure the quality of OpenURL data and the knowledgebases that OpenURL links
depend on. Is anyone keeping watch over the accuracy and dependability of
OpenURLs? Are resource providers and system vendors held accountable for
their applications of the OpenURL standard (ANSI/NISO Z39.88)? What can
librarians do to bring these problems to the attention of their suppliers?
This webinar will address these and other issues of OpenURL accuracy in both
theory and practice.


• IOTA: Improving OpenURLs Through Analytics
Elizabeth Winter, Electronic Resources Coordinator, Georgia Tech Library
Adam Chandler, Database Management and E- Resources Librarian, Cornell
University Library will join Elizabeth during the Q&A portion of this event.

• KBART: Knowledge Bases and Related Tools 
Sarah Pearson, E-Resources & Serials Coordinator, University of Birmingham

• OpenURLs and Knowledge Base Quality: Collecting and Improving Knowledge
Base Data
Maria Stanton, Director of Content Operations, Serials Solutions

Registration is per site (defined as access for one computer). NISO and
NASIG members may register at a discounted rate. A student discount is also

Can't make it on the scheduled date or time? Registrants receive access to
the recorded version for one year, which can be viewed at your convenience. 

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage:

Cynthia Hodgson
NISO Technical Editor Consultant
National Information Standards Organization
Email: chodgson at niso.org
Phone: 301-654-2512

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