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DCL and American Water Works Association Collaborate on NISO STS XML Conversion
Forging a Path to Sustainable Upgrades with an Industry Standard

Fresh Meadows, NY, November 6, 2018 – DCL, an industry leader in structured data and The American Water Works Association (AWWA) embark on a new digital strategy for Standards content and manuals. DCL transformed AWWA’s content into the XML markup standard NISO STS to provide a platform for useful content interchange and industry interoperability.

AWWA, the international non-profit, scientific and educational association founded to improve water quality and supply, recognized that the NISO STS format provides a critical component to its publishing strategy. The NISO STS: Standards Tag Suite, is a Standard for Standards XML. It defines a suite of XML elements and attributes that describes the full-text content and metadata of standards-related information. NISO STS preserves the intellectual content of Standards independent of the form in which that content was originally delivered.

“Converting AWWA content to NISO STS improves the publishing process and certainly opens up the opportunity for new product development and digital delivery,” explains Dan Berger, Senior Manager of Production at AWWA. “But more importantly, NISO STS benefits the larger Standards ecosystem with an infrastructure that better enables the dissemination of ideas and technologies; we are proud to lead this charge.”

The Standards industry recognizes the inflexibility of PDF and the benefits of structured content for manufacturers, researchers, and libraries. “For Standards publishing there are compelling benefits to convert to NISO STS,” states Brian Trombley, National Sales Director at DCL. “Many Standards publishers have already implemented JATS or ISO XML and moving to STS is a natural extension. Transforming AWWA’s PDF content (both Standards and technical manuals) was an 8-month process, including the critical components of analysis, specification, conversion, QA/QC, and final delivery.”

DCL is an active member of industry organizations that support the management and effective interchange of data and content.

About Data Conversion Laboratory

DCL ( provides data and content transformation services and solutions. Using the latest innovations in artificial intelligence, including machine learning and natural language processing, DCL helps businesses organize and structure data and content for modern technologies and platforms. With expertise across many industries including publishing, life sciences, government, manufacturing, technology and professional organizations, DCL uses its advanced technology and U.S.-based project management teams to solve the most complex conversion challenges securely, accurately and on time. DCL is the industry leader in XML content conversion, DITA conversion, S1000D conversion, SPL conversion services, and so much more. Founded in 1981, DCL was named one of EContent's Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry.

About the American Water Works Association (AWWA)

Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 51,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.

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