SERU (Shared Electronic Resource Understanding) is a NISO Recommended Practice intended as ‘a mechanism that can be used as an alternative to a license agreement. The SERU statement expresses commonly shared understandings of the content provider, the subscribing institution and authorized users; the nature of the content; use of materials and inappropriate uses; privacy and confidentiality; online performance and service provision; and archiving and perpetual access.’
Since one of the intentions of SERU is to allow flexibility of interpretation within a set of broad principles, there cannot be a single definitive expression. The ONIX-PL sample expression should be seen as a template, representing a possible interpretation of SERU, and suitable to be used as a starting point for developing more precise expressions which take into account the policies of the parties concerned and any clarifications to which they have agreed separately.
The sample expression has been reviewed by NISO’s SERU Standing Committee, and is endorsed by the Committee on the understandings set out in the preceding paragraph.
A substantially revised version of the SERU text was published on the NISO website in 2012 as part of http://www.niso.org/publications/rp/RP-7-2012_SERU.pdf. This text covers both academic libraries and ‘public libraries and other cultural memory institutions’. These two different classes of users would require somewhat different ONIX-PL expressions. The sample expression therefore applies only to academic and educational libraries.
All relevant parts of the SERU text are stored in full as part of the ONIX XML document. Sections of the text are linked explicitly to elements in the ONIX-PL expression, so that the justification for the ONIX elements can be seen by reference to the SERU wording.
Additionally, the SERU text is assumed to be accompanied by a separate schedule which lists the parties to the understanding, the digital resources to which it applies, and other details specific to an individual application. The schedule is also linked into the ONIX expression.
Notes on the ONIX-PL expression of SERU 2012 for academic libraries
These notes explain the approach which has been taken in creating the ONIX-PL expression of the SERU 2012 text. Notes are cross-referenced to the ‘full view’ and ‘summary view’ of the expression wherever it is felt that this would be helpful. We recommend that you keep the notes open for reference when you look at the full or summary view.
ONIX-PL ‘summary view’ of SERU 2012 for academic libraries
One of the features of the OPLE editing software is that it can be used to generate an HTML ‘summary view’ of an ONIX-PL expression. The summary view is intended to provide a concise and easily readable representation of the main features of the expression, with the ability to click on any selected element and see the SERU wording on which it is based.
For a general introduction to the way in which the summary view is presented, click here. We recommend that you also refer to the notes on the ONIX-PL expression of SERU 2012, above.
ONIX-PL ‘full view’ of SERU 2012 for academic libraries
Also generated by the OPLE editor, the ‘full view’ of an ONIX-PL expression is a readable representation of the complete expression as a single navigable HTML page.
For a general introduction to the way in which the full view is presented, click here. We recommend that you also refer to the notes on the ONIX-PL expression of SERU 2012, above.
ONIX-PL expression of SERU 2012 for academic libraries
The ONIX-PL expression is a single XML document, which can be viewed in a browser or downloaded for offline reference. Note, however, that this is a ‘native’ ONIX XML file, which is intended for machine interpretation rather than for a human reader.