NCSU Test Group, New Packages

This week marked the start of an NCSU-based test group for GOKb data loading. In my role as editor, I’ve been collecting and loading data from GOKb’s top 7 priority providers over the past couple of months. Now the time has come to begin expanding GOKb’s user base. The goal of the NCSU test group is to try out the GOKb software, as well as the workflows and documentation I’ve been creating, in anticipation of opening up the system to the Kuali OLE partners at our workshop scheduled for August 26.

The NCSU test group is using Sage as a trial provider, and we’re hoping to load a number of Sage journal title lists into GOKb over the next month. This process will provide seed data for the knowledgebase and give us something concrete to show as we begin to share GOKb with a larger audience.

In addition to the work done by the test group, I also plan to load at least one package from each of our top 7 providers, which include Cambridge, Elsevier, Oxford, Sage, Springer, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley-Blackwell.

Once this data is up on our production version of GOKb, I’ll be sure to share a link with you here.

-Kristen Wilson, GOKb Editor

NCSU Libraries Publishes its First Linked Data Set

This week’s news comes courtesy of my colleague at NCSU, Eric Hanson, who’s working on a linked data project that will tie into GOKb in the coming months. Here’s his announcement:

NCSU Libraries has published its first linked data set, NCSU Organization Name Linked Data, at This data set is based on the NCSU Organization Name Authority, a tool maintained by the Acquisitions and Discovery department since 2009 to manage the variant forms of name for serial and e-resource publishers, providers, and vendors in E-Matrix, our locally-developed electronic resource management system.

The names chosen as the authorized form reflect an acquisitions, rather than bibliographic, orientation. For example, in the Library of Congress Name Authority File, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is represented by its full name, whereas in the NCSU Organization Name Linked Data, it appears as “IEEE, ” which is how it is generally known among acquisitions staff.  Also, there many subsidiary units with valid headings in the LC Name Authority File but for the purpose of managing journals and electronic resources they are simply considered to be variant forms of name for the parent organization that manages acquisitions and licensing-related functions for the subsidiaries.

The data in the NCSU Organization Name Linked Data is represented as RDF triples using properties from the SKOS, RDF Schema, FOAF and OWL vocabularies. Where possible, we included links to descriptions of the organizations in other linked data sources, including the Virtual International Authority File, the Library of Congress Name Authority File, Dbpedia, Freebase, and International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI). These types of links are encouraged in Tim Berners-Lee’s description of 5 Star Open Data and will enable users of the data to easily incorporate properties from these other linked data sources in future applications.

The data set is made freely available with the Creative Commons CC0 License and can be downloaded as RDF-XML, N3/Turtle, N-Triples, JSON-LD or through RDFa embedded in the HTML page for each organization. We plan on periodically updating this data set with new organizations from our E-matrix system.

This data set will also be the seed data for organizations in the Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb) (, a freely available data repository with key publication information about electronic resources that will have its public release in September.  As a part of NCSU’s lead role in the GOKb project, we are collaborating with the GOKb developers on future linked data initiatives involving title, package and platform data.

For questions or reporting broken or incorrect links, please contact:

Eric Hanson
Electronic Resources Librarian
Acquisitions & Discovery
NCSU Libraries

-Kristen Wilson, GOKb Editor

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