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NISO Board Proposes Name Change

By kcoyle, Section Standards
Posted on Wed Aug 27th, 2003 at 11:58:19 AM EST
This email was sent today to voting members of NISO. Somehow the new name would still result in an acronym of NISO and not NISOI. I would love to see a good semantic analysis of "networked" -- a term that is rapidly becoming "overworked" but that may still have its uses.


To: <niso-vm@list.niso.org> (NISO Voting Members)
Precedence: list
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 16:59:00 -0400
From: Pat Harris <pharris@niso.org>
Subject: NISO Name Change Proposal

TO:     NISO Voting Members, Representatives and Alternates

FROM:    Jan Peterson, NISO Chairperson
    Patricia Harris, NISO Executive Director

DATE:     August 26, 2003

RE:     Proposed NISO Name Change

Dear members,

In the almost thirty years since NISO was incorporated and evolved from being the "American National Standards Committee Z39" to the National Information Standards Organization our information world has changed dramatically on all levels.  All of NISO's constituencies are working in closer partnership to bring information to the user regardless of format, location, or ownership.  And, as a standards developer NISO is working to address the demand for standards to support connectivity and interoperability.  Standards such as Z39.50, the NCIP protocol, the DOI and OpenURL, the family of identifiers we support and maintain, and the Metasearch Initiative speak to NISO's commitment to an interoperable information environment.
As the Board of Directors examined NISO's mission and developed its current strategic initiatives it agreed that the organization's name should be aligned more closely with our community's interconnected interests and the synergistic information environment in which we are operating.    The Board is therefore proposing to the membership that NISO change its name to:

Networked Information Standards Organization International.

We believe this new name will support NISO's relevance to a changing information community:
*Reflects computer-based and human networking-both essential to the process of establishing standards.  NISO champions the need for interoperability among information systems, developing protocols for interchange of data and setting standards that foster this connectivity; and,
*Emphasizes the human collaboration reflected by NISO's members and the committees and other groups that interact to develop and test standards. This cooperation between individuals and organizations is an important factor in achieving consensus in developing standards and in achieving NISO's mission:  "To improve the processes of managing, exchanging, and preserving information - from creation through use."
*Is added to reflect the broad global information structure that NISO is helping to build; NISO's vision to "Improve worldwide access to information" ; and the global nature of NISO's membership.

We will continue to be known as NISO; with this change the words behind NISO will reflect NISO's commitment to its:
*vision, mission and values;
* membership; and
* the interconnectivity of the global information community we serve.

Effecting this name change will require a letter ballot of the Members to amend the Articles of Incorporation. The ballot will be conducted in early-September.  Two-thirds of the members must approve the name change for it to be effective.
We trust that you will view this change as a positive and energizing move.  Look for the ballot in early-September.
National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
4733 Bethesda Avenue, Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20814 USA
T: 301-654-2512
Fax: 301-654-1721
url: http://www.niso.org

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Mis-spelling and acronyms (none / 0) (#1)
by jaf on Tue Aug 26th, 2003 at 02:35:31 PM EST
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Going off on a slight tangent - but related since somehow the acronym will still be NISO: I've noticed lately how the need to make everything into an acronym has created some very bad practice in acronym formation. For instance, a team here at the University of Arizona changed its name and hence its acronym. The new acronym is spelled 'HROE' (Human Resources something or other), but they want people to pronounce it 'hero'. Now, this got me wondering: Can you dictate how people pronounce acronyms? Heck, my new workteam acronym is DCAP, but I want people to also pronounce it as 'hero'. Hero just sounds so much more.....heroic.

Ahh, well, lefi geos on. (Pronounce 'life goes on')

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