National Bibliographic Knowledgebase – progress

It’s been a while since we updated you about what’s going on with the NBK. While there isn’t much to see yet, there’s a lot going on in the background. OCLC are┬ábusy with the technical aspects, creating an instance of the CBS system which is going to host the NBK data, and we’ve been contacting libraries to get data to put on it.

We’re asking all libraries for new full loads for the NBK, rather than using data we already hold for Copac. With a new database and new processing procedures we wanted to start with a new, clean, up-to-date set of data. We also know that some libraries don’t currently send all their data to Copac – for instance, they might send book data to Copac and serials data to SUNCAT – and for the NBK we want to include all the data that is visible on the local catalogue.

We’ve passed data from 11 libraries over to OCLC for loading, and have more lined up to send us their data. We have a target of 75 libraries to be on the NBK by January 2018 – if you’d like to be one of them, please contact us: nbk.copac@jisc.ac.uk. More libraries will be added to the NBK in 2018 and 2019, with the aim of reaching 225 libraries by 2020.

We’re looking for new libraries as well as existing Copac and SUNCAT contributors, so if you’re an academic, research, or specialist library we’d like to hear from you.

There will be a chance to hear more about the NBK at the NoWAL conference on July 20th, where we will be presenting a poster about the project, and Bethan will be available to discuss and answer any questions.

We’re also going to be running some regional events to talk to libraries about the NBK and how they can get involved. The first one will be in Manchester on September 4th, and you can sign up here. We’re planning to run more events around the country over the course of the project.

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