NISO Releases Draft Technical Report on SUSHI Lite for Public Trial and Comment

NISO Announce niso-announce at NISO.ORG
Thu Jul 16 10:02:14 EDT 2015

Baltimore, MD - July 16, 2015 - The National Information Standards
Organization (NISO) is seeking trial users and comments on the draft
technical report, SUSHI-Lite: Deploying SUSHI as a lightweight protocol for
exchanging usage via web services, NISO TR-06-201X. This technical report
proposes and describes a method of exchanging COUNTER statistics ranging
from usage for a single article to a complete COUNTER report, using
commonly used approaches to web services. The SUSHI-Lite technical report
does not replace the SUSHI standard but rather supplements it with an
alternative approach for requesting and exchanging usage.

"Librarians and publishers are well aware of how critical the SUSHI
standard is for communicating measurement of electronic resources," states
Oliver Pesch, Chief Product Strategist, EBSCO Information Services and
co-chair of the SUSHI-Lite Working Group. "However, since SUSHI was
originally published by NISO in 2007, there have been numerous changes to
the online environments in which we work, such as alternative metrics, the
COUNTER Journal Usage Factor, and the rise of institutional repositories
and the need to measure their use. There is a need for more lightweight
technologies to allow smaller sets of usage to be exchanged in real-time,
and the technologies and approaches described in the SUSHI-Lite technical
report can support these newer requirements. We anticipate that in time and
with further practical experiences applied to it, the SUSHI-Lite protocol
will become part of ANSI/NISO Z39.93, the Standardized Usage Statistics
Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol.”

"SUSHI-Lite supports modern, commonly used approaches to web services, such
as RESTful interfaces and JSON data formats," adds Paul Needham, Research
and Innovation Manager, Cranfield University and co-chair of the SUSHI-Lite
Working Group. "This optional implementation of SUSHI using current-day
practices also includes mechanisms for including additional filters and
report attributes which support limits of scope for data and further
controls for format and completeness of data in returned sets. We think
that ultimately, the SUSHI-Lite protocol is much easier to implement and
will help ensure acceptance of SUSHI and COUNTER by the mainstream web
development community."

"NISO is soliciting users and feedback on this draft Technical Report from
any organization that uses SUSHI or would like to apply it to their data
transmission project," states Nettie Lagace, NISO Associate Director for
Programs. "This feedback will be used to make any needed revisions to the
document before final publication."

The draft technical report is open for public comment through September 30,
2015. To download the draft or submit online comments, visit the SUSHI Lite
Working Group web page at

*About the National Information Standards Organization (NISO)*
NISO fosters the development and maintenance of standards that facilitate
the creation, persistent management, and effective interchange of
information so that it can be trusted for use in research and learning. To
fulfill this mission, NISO engages libraries, publishers, information
aggregators, and other organizations that support learning, research, and
scholarship through the creation, organization, management, and curation of
knowledge. NISO works with intersecting communities of interest and across
the entire lifecycle of an information standard. NISO is a not-for-profit
association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
More information about NISO is available on its website:

For More Information, Contact:
Nettie Lagace
Phone: 301-654-2512
Email: nlagace at


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