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, GOKb began a data ingest pilot phase incorporating 19 German libraries and consortia. The pilot participants will ingest KBART packages into GOKb and maintain them there. They 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 GOKb 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 GOKb user account for the ingest of data 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).

GOKb Planning Meeting 2017

The international GOKb partner institutions met in Berlin to discuss the future orientation and organisation of GOKb. The North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz), the Head Office of the GBV (VZG), and the German Union Catalogue of Serials (ZDB) joined the GOKb steering committee and formally took over the responsibilities of hosting and further developing GOKb.

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.