At Jisc, we’ve never been afraid of a good acronym. But recently we’ve started moving more into meaningful project names. Alas, as excellent intentions so often do, it comes up against expediency, leading to an outbreak of abbreviations.
Two of these meaningfully-named but oft-abbreviated projects are the National Bibliographic Knowledgebase (NBK) and Transforming Library Support Services (TLSS).
TLSS is an on-going programme of work within Jisc to implement more efficient and effective library services and enabling us to continue to deliver the needs of libraries with existing and new services. The NBK is an important aspect of this, and is one of the TLSS transformation activities. You can read more about TLSS, and keep up-to-date on activities and progress, on the project blog: https://libraryservices.jiscinvolve.org/wp/
Another aspect of TLSS is joining-up communication across Jisc Library Support Services – we know that often you’re getting similar messages coming from different places within Jisc, and we’re trying to coordinate our communication so that you don’t need to monitor multiple channels to find out what’s going on. So from now on NBK progress updates will be posted on the TLSS project blog.
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 busy 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: email@example.com. 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.
While we are delighted that the National Bibliographic Knowledgebase will allow us to expose the holdings of many more UK HE libraries than are already part of Copac, this focus doesn’t give the full picture of the rich data sources we’re planning to include in the NBK, which we hope will benefit all areas of library collection management.
Journals and ejournals
The NBK will also provide the new UK platform for information about serial holdings. Building on the success of SUNCAT, and working with the expert SUNCAT team, we’re working to ensure that the NBK database and interface design incorporate the specialist features that are required for serials management, cataloguing, and search.
As well as this library-provided data, Jisc, libraries, and third party organisations are currently developing agreements with publishers for metadata feeds for vendor collections of digital material. Once these agreements are in place, we expect these data feeds to form a regularly-updated part of the NBK.
The NBK aims to reduce friction between users and Open Access material by including records and links to Open Access material. Sources are likely to include public domain material from the Hathi Trust, information from the Directory of Open Access Books and the Directory of Open Access Journals, along with public domain material from other Jisc services such as Historical Texts and Zetoc.
While there will be the ability to search across the whole of the NBK, we know that specialised use cases require specialised interfaces. We’re thinking about what might need to be included in serials, article, and Open Access interfaces. APIs and machine-to-machine interfaces will allow NBK data to be pulled out for use in other interfaces and systems, to meet your needs and workflows.
Community engagement and input is a very important part of the NBK development. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions about the NBK, or would like to be involved in user consultations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re pleased to announce the development of a National Bibliographic Knowledgebase (NBK). This will be a three year development that builds on the long term success of the Copac service. The NBK will provide a new platform for expanding the database to include all UK Higher Education libraries that wish to participate, as well as retaining and increasing the range of non-academic research libraries. This greater inclusiveness of HE (and other) libraries has been the most frequent enhancement request from Copac users and we will now be working towards that goal. Jisc has commissioned OCLC to create the NBK and we will be working with the Higher Education library community to bring on board many more HE libraries, as well as continuing to expand the range of specialist research libraries that contribute their catalogue.
In the short term the NBK will be developed in parallel with the continuing development of Copac and we aim to move all current contributor data onto the new platform. As the NBK becomes established it is anticipated that Copac services, including Copac Collection Management tools (CCM tools), will become integrated into the NBK, to offer functionality that utilises the expanded data set that the NBK will provide. We will be looking to enhance existing services in resource discovery and collection management, as well as developing new services to support libraries in the management of their print and digital resources.
Full details of the NBK are available on the Press release on the Jisc National Monograph Solutions (NMS) blog.
We have also added information about the NBK to the Copac FAQ pages.
This is very early days for the project. The Copac team will be working with current Copac contributors over coming months as we begin to develop the new NBK. We will also talking with library consortia, as well as individual institutions, as we look at widening the range of contributing institutions.