GOKb Update Forum: Data Enhancement Strategies and New Services

UPDATED 8/10/2016: If you missed the live session, you can view the recording on the Open Library Environment website.

Please join the Open Library Community Forum featuring GOKb!

Topic: GOKb Update Forum: Data Enhancement Strategies and New Services
When: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 11 AM EDT / 1500 GMT
Where: Webex

Speakers will discuss the Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb), which is an open data repository for publication information about electronic resources. In this forum, facilitated by the Open Library Environment (OLE), attendees can ask questions about GOKb’s current data enhancement strategy, learn about potential new services built on the FOLIO platform, and how they can participate as GOKb partners.

Attendees are encouraged to post their questions for an interactive discussion. Come with your questions about GOKb!

Kristen Wilson, Associate Head of Acquisitions and Discovery, North Carolina State University
Jennifer Solomon, GOKb Editor, North Carolina State University


When: August 10, 2016 from 11:00am-12:30pm EDT
Webex webinar registration: https://olf.webex.com/olf/onstage/g.php MTID=e849d4fdb33b7d4eab3512ffbfa170c96

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What’s next for GOKb?

GOKb’s grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation officially ended on March 31, 2016. We’re pleased to announce that Kuali OLE will support the ongoing maintenance of GOKb through funding of the GOKb editor position and a support contract with our developers at Knowledge Integration (K-Int). We will continue to pursue opportunities for additional funding that will allow us to return to active development. In the meantime, we are working with K-Int to tie up loose ends and bring the project into a stable maintenance state that will allow our community data managers to continue their work.

ER&L Presentation

Many thanks to Kate Hill from UNC-Greensboro and Nat Gustafson-Sundell and Zorian Sasyk from Minnesota State University– Mankato for their excellent presentation about GOKb’s community management strategy at the Electronic Resources and Libraries Conference. The presentation was very well attended and generated a lot of interest, including five new volunteer data editors who will begin working on data review tasks and title histories later this spring.

Data Loading and Enhanced Title Records

NC State staff are busy updating packages and working on title histories. This summer we will continue working on data enhancement and expanding the number of packages in GOKb.

New Volunteer Training

Would you like to contribute your expertise to GOKb? If you are available 3-5 hours a month and would like to participate in the Title History data enhancement and Data Review Tasks, contact Jennifer Solomon, GOKb Editor, jhsolomo@ncsu.edu to learn more. The next training will be held at the end of May, date and time TBD.

New Features in GOKb

On November 3 we launched GOKb 5.0, which includes new features, enhancements, and bug fixes for both OpenRefine and the web application.


  • New ability to capture reusable code for cell-level edits
  • New warning messages for conflicts between coverage dates and publication dates
  • New ability to clear unwanted (yellow) warning messages
  • Enhanced controlled entry field for new package names
  • Enhanced UI improvements

Web Application:

  • New curator dashboard view
  • New KBART export includes phase 2 fields
  • Enhanced Title History tab can expand to show additional relationships

Charleston Conference Highlights

We were very busy during the Charleston Conference, from staffing the GOKb/Kuali OLE booth on Wednesday, to meeting with potential new partners from across the globe, and checking in with the GOKb steering committee members. We even found time on Friday to present at a shot-gun session on GOKb’s next steps: Ebooks, Community Management, and the Futures(s) of the Global Open Knowledgebase.

Development Updates

As we move into 2016, our development focus will shift to ebooks functionality. This is an exciting and necessary addition to the knowledge base, as it will not only enhance the quality of the data, ebooks will also make the knowledge base a more useful tool for all of our users and partners. The development team has already begun testing this workflow; please check out the screencast to learn more:

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New Packages, Enhanced Data, News, Conference

50 new packages added to the knowledge base this month

  • Duke University partners recently added packages from Sage.
  • Harvard University Press provided data for the Loeb Classical Library.
  • Partners at North Carolina State University loaded packages including the American Chemical Society, World Scientific Publishing, the Directory of Open Access Journals, and Annual Reviews, sourcing the files from the CUFTS knowledgebase and publisher websites.

Enhanced data through title histories

As part of the ongoing data enhancement project, we’re adding title histories to the knowledge base. GOKb’s title history display aims to make this valuable information available in a simple, easy to use way. For example, Physica B+C shows the title changes, beginning with Physica in 1975 through the present. Currently this work includes partners from NC State University and UNC-Chapel Hill.

GOKb in the news

Bringing GOKb to Life: Data, Integrations, and Development(open access)

Managing Serials Data as a Community: Partnering With the Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb) (subscription required)

Charleston Conference, November 4-7, 2015

Stop by the Kuali OLE/GOKb booth at the Charleston Vendor Showcase, on Wednesday, November 4. We’ll be at Table 104 in the Gold Ballroom of the Francis Marion hotel all day and would love to chat with you.

We will also present “Ebooks, Community Management, and the Future(s) of the Global Open Knowledgebase” on Friday, November 6 at 3:30 P.M. Join us for a fun and informative “shot-gun” session.

New Data Added to the Knowledgebase

The project team has been working hard to get new, useful data into the knowledgebase. This data is available to the public through the GOKb web application and the API.

  • We now have data for all of the Elsevier and Taylor & Francis packages thanks to efforts by partners at North Carolina State University and The University of Chicago.
  • Partners at Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Bremen have been contributing packages from German publishers, including the Springer master list and title lists from many other small publishers.
  • GOKb has collaborated with the VIVA and TRLN consortiums to load custom title collections. Consortium members now have access to well-formed data about their unique title lists.
  • NCSU completed a pilot project to collect title history data. Experienced serials catalogers researched all of the Elsevier titles with known title changes and entered title history information and other bibliographic data into GOKb to create enhanced records.

Jennifer Solomon joins the GOKb team

We’re pleased to announce that Jennifer Solomon has joined the GOKb team as our new GOKb editor. Jennifer’s is a full-time position and will be focused on building the knowledgebase. She will have primary responsibility for coordinating the data collection and ingest process, including designing workflows, setting policies, and collaborating with project partners.

Jennifer has a diverse background in project management, librarianship, and communications. Most recently, she served as the Data Science Program Manager at the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences in RTP, North Carolina. She holds an MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University.