NISO ODI Standing Committee Releases Templates for Conformance Statements

June 17, 2015, Baltimore, MD – An important part of the NISO Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) is furthering transparency in library discovery services via completion and publication of voluntary ODI Conformance Statements.

The ODI Standing Committee has released templates for these checklists (available from in an effort to encourage the release of ODI conformance statements by content providers and discovery service providers. Such statements outline the degree to which a provider’s services conform to the June 2014 Recommended Practice RP-19-2014.

This is an important first step in providing data in a consistent, standardized way so that libraries can better assess content providers’ participation in discovery services.

If you are a publisher, content provider, or discovery provider, we urge you to work with the ODI Conformance Checklist and publically disclose your level of conformance. We look forward to announcements of the first published ODI conformance statements soon. For convenience and to promote the visibility of these conformance statements, ODI will maintain a directory of published statements at

For a summary of the Open Discovery Initiative, see

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