Category Archives: eResources

PIE-J: A recipe for improved metadata about electronic journals

**UPDATE:  Deadline for public comment has been extended to July 18**

The purpose of PIE-J (Presentation and Identification of E-Journals) as a recommended practice is to encourage unification of how e-journals are described and identified in places like publishers’ websites, databases, and citations, as well as making e-journals more easily discoverable by standardizing the presentation of information like historical titles and accurate ISSNs by format.

The process of creating an official standard or recommended practice is a lengthy one.  It begins with proposing a problem and getting approval by the NISO (National Information Standards Organization) Business Information Topic Committee to become a working group, followed by months, or even years, of meetings, research, writing, and re-writing.  Once a working group is confident in the solidity of their proposal for a standard/recommended practice, they put a draft out for public comment.  Currently, the PIE-J working group has a draft up for review and public comment until July 5, 2012.

PIE-J working group formed back in December of 2010, and was charged:

To develop a Recommended Practice that will provide guidance on the presentation and identification of e-journals, particularly in the areas of title presentation and bibliographic history, accurate use of the ISSN, and citation practice, that will assist publishers, platform providers, abstracting and indexing services, knowledgebase providers, aggregators, and other concerned parties in facilitating online discovery, identification, and access for the publications. 

During the past two years, members of the working group have produced several publications explaining their mission, progress, and hopes for an outcome, which can be found on the PIE-J Workroom, along with the current draft recommended practice and comment form.

As summarized in the draft, the recommended guidelines resulting from the working group’s research are as follows:

  • Retention of title and citation information under which articles were originally published.
  • Display of title histories, including information relating to title changes and related metadata.
  • Display of correct ISSN for different formats and for changed titles.
  • Retention and display of vital publication information across the history of a journal, including publisher names; clear numbering and dates; editors, editorial boards and sponsoring organizations; and frequency of publication.
  • Graphic design and inclusion of information that allows easy access to all content.
  • Special considerations for retroactive digitization.

For more information or to offer your comments on the draft, please visit the PIE-J Workroom or join the interest group mailing list.

[Originally posted by myself on insight & outlook 6/20/12]

Two Upcoming ALCTS Webinars of Interest

There are two Webinars coming up in February from ALCTS that are of interest to me as a librarian working with electronic resources, licenses, and publisher relations:

Effective Subscriptions Management and Alternatives
February 15, 2012 2-3pm

“Libraries face opposing pressures of reduced budgets, patron demand for new content, and increasing costs. This webinar presents a method to collect and analyze cost and use data to evaluate your journal collection (including how to analyze that Big Deal). The presenters will discuss a variety of alternatives to subscriptions to enable patron access to needed content. Presenters will also discuss how to effectively communicate journal access changes with faculty.”

The Black, White, and Gray Areas of Licensing: A Review and Update for Librarians and Publishers
February 29, 2012 2-3pm

“Building on a preconference offered at ALA Annual 2010 entitled “Taming the Licensing Tiger,” the presenters will carry on the conversation around library licensing issues and answer questions submitted in advance by attendees. Using an interactive approach employing chat, audience polling and presubmitted questions, the presenters will cover hot topics and current challenges facing libraries in licensing digital content. The presenters represent the viewpoints of a publisher (Robert Boissy), an academic library (Becky Albitz) and a consortium (Tracy Thompson-Przylucki).”

Shotton’s Five Star Proposal for Evaluation of Online Journal Articles

Yesterday I came across an article from D-Lib Magazine, an open access publication focused on topics related to digital libraries and technology, proposing a new system for evaluating online journal articles.  David Shotton wrote the article The Five Stars of Online Journal Articles – A Framework for Evaluation to call for a rating system that addresses the following five stars/categories:  Peer Review (for quality); Open Access (for greater reach); Enriched Content (to enhance the reader’s experience and knowledge); Available Datasets (for re-use and validation); and Machine-readable Metadata (for discoverability).

Each category is then rated on a scale of 0-4, with variable definitions by category.  The clear focus is on quality information that is verified and openly available for all to read, and making research data freely available for validation and re-use.  Shotton has also published the Five Stars of Online Journal Ontology, and indicates that Ubiquity Press has expressed interest in using this system.  His reference list is quite extensive, and provides other valuable resources on the topic of open access to scholarly research.