Wednesday, February 08, 2006


ERMI2: What is it?

The DLF DLF Electronic Resource Management Initiative was launched in 2002, with the goal of creating an electronic resource management system reference model that would stir vendor development. After some critical evaluation of what would be helpful to vendors and librarians today, and some personnel changes in the ERMI Steering Group, we are are excited to launch Phase 2 of ERMI. We're very appreciative of David Seaman's support and active involvement. The work is divided into four main components:

Data Dictionary: Revise the ERMI element set and make them more machine friendly.

License Expression: Working with NISO, EDItEUR, and a large group of stakeholders, work together towards a license expression standard.

Training and Advocacy: Working closely with ARL, and building on the success of the license mapping workshop held at last summer's ALA conference, offer a series of license mapping workshops and build a set of training documents to help librarians map license terms in ERM systems.

Usage Data: We are working with NISO on a Web service protocol for moving COUNTER reports from a vendor site into an ERM or other system. We call this the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI). We also plan to develop a set of functional requirements for reports.

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