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Ken Varnum varnum at UMICH.EDU
Thu Sep 27 16:04:08 EDT 2012

(with apologies for cross-posting)

Survey closes October 4, 2012 - please respond to it if you haven't already!

The Open Discovery Initiative (ODI), a working group of the National
Information Standards Organization (NISO), has been formed to develop a
Recommended Practice related to the index-based discovery services for
libraries. ODI aims to investigate and improve the ecosystem surrounding
these discovery services, with a goal of broader participation of content
providers and increased transparency to libraries.

An important component of our work involves gathering information from the
key stakeholders: libraries, content providers, and developers of discovery

If you are involved in discovery services we request that you respond to
our survey. The survey results will provide essential information to the
workgroup as it develops recommended practices related to discovery
services. A full report on the findings of this survey will be made
available publically on the NISO website later this year.

We are especially interested in input from:

   - libraries that have implemented or plan to implement a discovery
   service and
   - organizations that potentially contribute content to one or more of
   these services:
      - primary publishers,
      - producers of aggregated databases of citation or full-text content
      for libraries, and
      - creators of abstracting and indexing services.

We anticipate that the survey will take about 20 minutes to complete.

All respondents that identify themselves will be entered into a drawing for
one of six $25 Amazon e-gift cards, kindly sponsored by Ex Libris and SAGE.
These respondents will also receive a copy of the aggregated results. Note
that any results shared will be anonymous and only aggregate data will be

In addition, if you are interested in keeping up to date with ODI, please
sign up to our Interest mailing list -

Thank you

ODI Working Group

Ken Varnum
Web Systems Manager                  E: varnum at
300C Hatcher Graduate Library        T: 734-615-3287
University of Michigan Library       @varnum
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190   


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