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