Friday, December 07, 2012

NISO Teleconference - NCIP

The next NISO teleconference; will be on the NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP).
NISO will hold its next open teleconference in our monthly series this coming Monday, December 10th at 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

The topic for the November call will be NCIP (NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol, also known as Z39.83), which is a North American standard with implementations in the US, Canada, and many other countries around the world. NCIP services facilitate the automation of tasks, the exchange of data, the ability to provide information to library staff, and the empowerment of patrons. Each service is comprised of a request from an initiating application and a reply from a responding application. It is possible for a single software application to play both the initiation and responding roles, but typically there are at least two applications involved.

The Standard itself consists of two parts; Part 1: Protocol defines a protocol that is limited to the exchange of messages between and among computer-based applications to enable them to perform the functions necessary to lend and borrow items, to provide controlled access to electronic resources, and to facilitate co-operative management of these functions. Part 2: Implementation Profile defines a practical implementation structure for NCIP. Version 2.02 of these documents was published in 2012 and is available via The Standing Committee maintains further informational pages at

Mike Dicus, Product Manager at Ex Libris and chair of the NCIP Standing Committee, will participate on the teleconference to discuss the group's work and answer any questions.

The call is free and anyone is welcome to participate. To join, simply dial 877-375-2160 and enter the code: 17800743#. All calls are held from 3-4 p.m. Eastern time.

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