Friday, January 6, 2012

Public Comment Period for Draft Update of SERU: Shared Electronic Resource Understanding (NISO RP-7-201X)

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the availability of a draft update of SERU: A Shared Electronic Resource Understanding (NISO RP-7-201X) for public comment through February 19, 2012.

SERU offers publishers and libraries the opportunity to save both the time and the costs associated with a negotiated and signed license agreement for e-resources by both content provider and customer agreeing to operate within a framework of shared understanding and good faith. The SERU framework provides a set of common understandings for parties to reference as an alternative to a formal license when conducting business.

The draft updated SERU Recommended Practice and an online comment form are available on the NISO SERU website ( All parties involved in licensing electronic content are encouraged to review and comment on the document.

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