Research and Innovation

Our aim is to  stimulate research and collaborative initiatives, encourage innovation and promote standards for good practice. We instigate projects to research or develop new solutions. In particular the research we undertake  facilitates an efficient information chain and a better information experience. In many cases the work we initiate is developed by industry bodies (such as NISO).

We want your ideas for new areas of research

Give us your ideas. They don’t have to be fully formed.  Use our Ideascale community to suggest research topics and to read, comment on, and vote on the suggestions of others. Tell us:

  • What is the topic that troubles you most?
  • What question(s) do you want answered?
  • What outcome are you looking for?

Together we can identify the biggest issues and we can work with others to begin to find solutions.


Past Work

Past work includes:

KBART: Knowledge Bases And Related Tools

Standardised formats and best practice for metadata exchange e.g. for OpenURL knowledge bases

This work is now managed by NISO KBART Standing Committee.



Ensuring minimum disruption for subscribers when journals are transferred between publishers

This work is now managed by the NISO Transfer Standing Committee.


Usage Factors

Exploring online journal usage statistics as the basis of a new metric of journal value

This work is now managed by COUNTER.


Assessing the Impact of Library Discovery Technology on Content Usage




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