March 5th, 2019

Update on SiQ Support for Industry Initiatives

Academic and scholarly publishing industry initiatives are managed and led by a range of working groups and societies, and Scholarly iQ (SiQ) is proud to be active in supporting and working in these groups. Following is a brief overview of these groups, some of the work they do and updates on latest developments.

Current industry groups and initiatives on which SiQ are represented include:

COUNTER, Technical Advisory Group (
The COUNTER TAG is established to provide transparent technical oversight of the development and implementation of the COUNTER Code of Practice. It provides technical advice and focus for the ongoing development of the COUNTER Code of Practice, to ensure that COUNTER usage statistics remain consistent, credible and compatible.

The group facilitates the debate and where appropriate proposes amendments to the COUNTER Code of Practice reflecting changing needs of publishers, vendors, librarians and institutional repositories, and supports alignment of COUNTER activity with stakeholder need.
In addition the COUNTER TAG works in collaboration with other organisations such as NISO, in the development of codes which assist and support the implementation of the COUNTER Code of Practice.

SiQ is also Gold Sponsor of Project COUNTER, providing additional sponsorship to help contribute towards Project COUNTER’s running costs.

NISO, Information Policy & Analysis Topic Committee (

The NISO Business Information Committee was formed in early 2007 in response to a strategic restructuring. As part of NISO's organizational structure, topic committees that bring together leaders in specific subjects have been created to provide direction to the organization for standards development in those umbrella topic areas. The Business Information Topic Committee focuses on issues regarding the management structure surrounding the acquisition, licensing, purchasing, and analysis of information. Specific areas include: license expression, online usage data, access management, performance measures and other statistics, etc.

Latest developments from the Information Policy & Analysis Topic Committee include Altmetrics, Content Platform Migrations, Transfer Recommended Practice and RA21.

SiQ is also working on the NISO SUSHI and SUSHI-Lite Standards Committees.

CrossRef, Distributed Usage Logging (

The Distributed Usage Logging working group is the community group driving the Distributed Usage Logging project, a planned initiative between COUNTER, Crossref members, and scholarly technology & service providers. This group is exploring how to provide a peer-to-peer channel for the secure exchange and processing of COUNTER-compliant private usage records from hosting platforms to publishers. This will allow members to capture usage across a distributed environment. All data provided back to the original publisher is anonymized, preserving individual user privacy.

SSP Finance Committee (

The Finance Committee oversees the budget and financial operations of SSP.
If you would like further information on any of these groups or SiQ’s work in them please contact

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