User interface study & pilot phase

In 2018 a study for a new user interface for GOKb was funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (Federal Ministry of Education and Research). Results were published in April 2019 and will be implemented within the next year.

Independently of this development, a data ingest pilot phase was started that will incorporate 19 German libraries and consortia, which will ingest KBART packages into GOKb and maintain them there. Participants will share their experiences and discuss with the editorial staff at regular conference calls. The pilot phase is open for all institutions. Please request a GOKb account, and send an email to for further information.

New import client ‘YGOR’

The North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz) developed a new import client: YGOR. YGOR is a multilingual web client which supports the upload of KBART files to GOKb. With its help journal titles are automatically compared to the title data of the German Union Catalogue of Serials (ZDB) and enriched with the ZDB-ID, an identifier that is utilized by all participating information systems in Germany and Austria, thereby disambiguating the journal titles. The client no longer relies on OpenRefine but rather uses the cross referencing API of GOKb. The prototype is hosted at A user account for the ingest of data into GOKb is required.

GOKb Forum

GOKb, formerly run by North Carolina State University, has reorganised as a new coalition of partners. GOKb was formed under the Kuali Foundation as a sister project of Kuali OLE.GOKb is now a community of the Open Library Foundation (OLF), along with OLE and FOLIO among others. At the GOKb Forum event we will introduce new members of the project team and their respective backgrounds. We will also inform in detail about the current activities of the GOKb project team (matching of data against bibliographic databases, new user interface study, participation in FOLIO ERM Sub Group).

Letter of Intent

Three organisations, the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz), the Head Office of the GBV (VZG), and the German Union Catalogue of Serials (ZDB) have signed a letter of intent with a view on engaging in the support, maintenance and development of GOKb. These three networks are providing services for more than 4000 libraries in Germany and Austria and have a strong interest in furthering the automation of electronic resources workflows.

GOKb New Directions Workshop

GOKb is exploring several new directions that would help capitalize on the existing strengths of the project and engage with the new FOLIO collaboration from EBSCO and OLE. To help with this effort, GOKb hosted a half-day workshop with electronic resources librarians from North Carolina State University, Duke University, and The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to brainstorm challenges and potential solutions for issues that affect the electronic resources supply, specifically:

● Supporting management and access when journal titles transfer across publishers
● Understanding and distributing data about OA publications
● Making the best use of standard and proprietary identifiers.

The GOKb New Directions Workshop Report provides a summary of the workshop findings and potential plans for new GOKb services.