To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> (NISO Voting Members)
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 16:59:00 -0400
From: Pat Harris <email@example.com>
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
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.
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