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.

GOKb Reveives Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant

We are pleased to announce that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $333,000 to North Carolina State University to support the second phase of the development of GOKb.

Phase 1 of the GOKb project is now available for public preview. The preview showcases the latest version of the GOKb software and contains representative seed data that describes organizations, packages, titles, holdings, and templates for licensing. Libraries and publishers are invited to use the GOKb preview to search and browse metadata, export package information, and experiment with the system’s API and co-referencing service.

Kuali OLE Workshop, GOKb 4.0, NC State & Chicago, Charleston Conference

We’ve been quite busy with GOKb over the past month or so, and I wanted to share a bit what we’ve been up to:

  • On August 26, we held a GOKb workshop for the Kuali OLE partner libraries. We had 19 attendees from 9 institutions. The group talked about goals for the project and next steps for Kuali OLE partner involvement. We also had a chance to do some hands-on training using GOKb and the OpenRefine ingest tool.
  • The GOKb development team is currently hard at work on GOKb 4.0.0, our public beta release which is now scheduled for late October. This release will contain features that will help make GOKb more useful to a wider audience, including export of KBART-formatted files, full documentation for the API and co-referencing service, and lots of UI improvements. There will also be plenty of enhancements for data contributors.
  • NC State and Chicago are both preparing to begin contributing data to the live system during the month of October. The process of locating the best quality data, developing workflows for data curation and ingest, and providing training to our new data contributors has been a big job. But we’ve made great strides over the past few months and plan to have some data ready for our public release. (Data collection efforts will be a long-term process, which is why we’re launching as a beta service this fall.)
  • I’m preparing a presentation about  GOKb for the Charleston Conference. I plan to do a demo of the system, talk about our data collection methods, and share some details about the current integrations with KB+ and Kuali OLE. The presentation will be on Friday, November 7 at 11:30am. Hope to see you there!

—Kristen Wilson, GOKB Editor

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