NISO STS, the Standards Tag Suite, became an American National Standards Institute standard (ANSI/NISO Z39.102-2017; supporting materials are located at www.niso-sts.org) in October 2017. This new standard, derived from JATS, was developed by an international working group with more than 40 members.
But that’s not the end of the story! Electronic publishing is rapidly evolving, and ANSI standards must be reviewed and updated regularly. To address these requirements, NISO STS will move into ANSI’s Continuous Maintenance process. The review and update process for STS (ANSI/NISO Z39.102-2017) will be similar to the process for JATS (ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2015). Here’s how it works:
- The NISO STS Working Group has been replaced by the NISO STS Standing Committee, co-chaired by Bruce Rosenblum of Inera and Robert Wheeler of ASME.
- Comments and suggested updates can be submitted to the Standing Committee. Suggestions are already coming in, and more are always welcome! If you have an improvement to suggest, submit it today on the NISO website.
- When the Standing Committee receives enough comments, and at least once per year, a meeting of the Standing Committee will be convened to discuss and accept, reject, or respond to the comments.
- The Standing Committee will then produce new draft XML models and documentation for public comment.
- When the Standing Committee has addressed the comments, the new draft will be moved forward to a NISO membership vote.
We’re excited to be part of the the ongoing evolution of NISO STS, just as we have been with JATS and BITS.