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We All Know the Benefits of Standards: Let’s Apply That Knowledge to Publishing Standards

“We’ve moved into an environment where digital publishing, content distribution, is taking place electronically, digitally, mostly on the web. So how do we create standards for that digital environment?”

In this presentation from the 2019 Typefi User Conference, Todd Carpenter, Executive Director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), discusses the history and development of the NISO Standards Tag Suite (STS), an XML standard for publishing standards, and the benefits it offers to the global standards publishing community.


Todd Carpenter, NISO Executive Director

Todd Carpenter

Executive Director | NISO

In his role as Executive Director of NISO, Todd provides leadership to NISO as well as focusing on improving constituency relationships, standards development, and operational procedures.

Prior to joining NISO in 2006, Todd was Director of Business Development with BioOne, where he served the goals of both libraries and publishers by enhancing products, services, and distribution. Previously, Todd directed the marketing of approximately 60 academic journals and was closely involved in the growth of Project MUSE at the Johns Hopkins University Press. He has also held marketing and business development positions at the Energy Intelligence Group, a news service covering the oil and natural gas industries, and the Haworth Press, an academic and professional publisher.

Todd is a graduate of Syracuse University and earned a masters degree in marketing from The Johns Hopkins University. He is editor of The Critical Component: Standards in the Information Exchange Environment, an active contributor to the Scholarly Kitchen blog, and writes a regular standards column in Against the Grain.

In addition, Todd serves as Secretary of ISO’s Technical Subcommittee on Identification & Description (TC 46/SC 9); as a member on the Board of the Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library, the Linked Content Coalition, and the Free Ebook Foundation; and on several publication advisory boards.