New Feature – Title History Tool

This week, I want to highlight one of the enhanced features of GOKb’s data model. The latest release of GOKb features a title history tool that allows users to track publication dates and title history events that describe the state of a title before and after the event. Title history events can be used to describe all types of changes that may occur during a title’s lifespan. These include simple title changes, as well as more complex events like splits and mergers. The goal is to create title history linkages that will bring together the entire title family.

Of course, the big challenge here will be populating all of this information. We know it’s a huge job and too much to do by hand. The development team has been brainstorming ideas about better ways to collect this data. We’ve already got a possible leg up,  thanks to the KB+ data managers, who have documented many title history events using standardized notes. We think we might be able to parse their notes and use that information as seed data for GOKb. Another possibility is harvesting data from 780/785 fields in various union and institutional catalogs that are available to us. These ideas are still in the experimental phase, but I’m excited about the possibilities they present.

Happy 4th of July!

-Kristen Wilson, GOKb Editor