Thursday, September 28, 2006

JIBS BSOL Enhancement Group

We had a very positive first meeting of the JIBS BSOL [British Standards Online] enhancement group.
Our impression was that BSI is very keen to work with the academic community and can see a value in our input to help them improve their services.

The highlights of the meeting were:-

- BSI has recognised the weaknesses in the current search engine and interface and has a programme in hand to address the issues that were of concern to JISC, both in the short term to fix bugs and in the long term at a more fundamental level. More news on this will follow very shortly.
- BSI will engage the academic community in user acceptance testing of any changes to interface and search engine software
- BSI are investigating extending electronic availability of withdrawn and superseded standards
- BSI are investigating extending electronic access to Drafts for Comment (DC) standards beyond the DC EN standards

We hope the minutes of this meeting will be available very shortly and they will give a fuller picture of developments at BSI. Our next meeting will be in late November, early December when we hope to review in more detail the BSI development plan.

Roger Hines chairs the group on behalf of JIBS and is happy to receive feedback and comments:

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