The NISO Plus Forum is a new, in-person event that will provide a bridge between the virtual NISO Plus conferences—an opportunity to continue some of the conversations we started at the last conference and connect them to the next one in concrete and meaningful ways. With thanks to the American Geophysical Union for their support, this year’s conference will be held at the AGU headquarters in Washington, DC on September 20, 2022. Future Forums will be held in different locations around the world, enabling us to engage more deeply with the global information community.

The theme of this year’s Forum is Metadata: Structures, Exchange, Identifiers. Benefits of attending include:

  • In-person networking and the opportunity to share your perspectives with a diverse group of colleagues from across the information industry—and to better understand theirs
  • A focus on practical work in small groups, to help shape the focus of the NISO Plus conference and NISO’s standards development priorities more generally
  • Updates on concrete outcomes from previous NISO Plus conferences and other relevant existing and potential NISO standards and recommended practices  

The 2022 NISO Plus Forum is intended for information professionals with an interest in metadata, who have enough seniority to understand the external challenges and opportunities and enough functional expertise to understand challenges and opportunities specific to their organization. This includes product managers, community managers, department directors, heads of functional units, and others—from publishers, libraries, vendors, government agencies, and more.

Where the NISO Plus Conference is about breadth and scale, the NISO Plus Forum is about depth and scope. Registrations will be strictly limited to 100 attendees, in order to ensure maximum interaction and conversation for a day of in-person, active, collaborative work on metadata—identifying actionable areas of needed activity and the next steps necessary to move them towards solutions for the information community.

Registration will open for NISO members on June 29th, and for non-members a week later, on July 6th. Sponsorships (which include a free registration) are also available. Registrations will be strictly limited to 100 attendees, and organizations can reserve a maximum of three tickets each initially. Since attendance is limited, we know that not everyone who wishes to attend will be able to do so, and we are looking at options for continuing these conversations between the NISO Plus Forum and the NISO Plus Conference in February 2023. Please sign up for NISO Plus emails and/or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn for updates.

PLEASE NOTE: This will be NISO’s first in-person event since the start of the pandemic. We want the NISO Plus Forum to be safe and welcoming for everyone, so we will be abiding by the Washington, DC guidelines at the time of the event.