Baltimore, MD, August 1, 2011 - The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced the availability of the recommended practice Providing a Test Mode for SUSHI Servers (NISO RP-13-201x) for a trial use period ending January 31, 2012.
The Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol is a NISO standard (ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2007) that automates the retrieval of COUNTER usage statistics by libraries. The process of developing a SUSHI client requires testing against the SUSHI servers where usage data is expected to be harvested. The new Recommended Practice describes how content providers can easily provide test areas to prospective users of their SUSHI server without providing live, usually confidential, data or placing undue strains on their production servers.
The draft Recommended Practice and an online comment form are available at: www.niso.org/workrooms/sushi/server/. All content providers who provide COUNTER usage statistics are encouraged to implement the recommendations during the trial and provide their feedback.