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March 5, 2024

There are now mailing lists to which you can subscribe to receive future updates and news. We would like to ask you to register by April 8 2024 at the latest. You can find the lists on the page You can choose between the two list names gokb-updates-dach (German-language) and gokb-updates (international). Fill in the first two fields under "Subcribe" and then click on the name of the desired mailing list in the last field. We recommend leaving the box below blank.


Release 1.7 published

January 25, 2024

The current release 1.7 integrates the DDC classification at title and package level. For journals, the DDC classification is automatically enriched via the German Union Catalogue of Serials (ZDB). In addition, more views of the GOKb can be accessed via unique URLs, so that URLs for individual tabs, specific searches and package titles can be saved. You can find out more about Release 1.7 here.

We mourn the loss of Hans-Jörg Lieder

Hans-Jörg Lieder

We were shocked to learn of the sudden death of our highly esteemed colleague Hans-Jörg Lieder. As head of the ZDB he was a key member of the GOKb team and represented us in various contexts over the years with great friendliness, humor, competence and serenity. He also provided help and advice to his colleagues and was always motivating and supportive.

One memorable event highlighting his thoughtfulness as well as his improvisational skills was his participation in the opening event of the WOLFcon 2022 in Hamburg, where he represented the GOKb. Thanks to his presence, his many years of experience with overarching issues and his engaging personality, he succeeded in turning this panel into a formative exchange on the positioning of libraries in a crisis-ridden world.

Just a few weeks ago, Hans-Jörg Lieder was elected to the Board of Directors of the Open Library Foundation on behalf of the GOKb, a role in which he was looking forward to strengthening our project and the German community. We are sure that he would have succeeded in doing so.

We will remember him as an outstanding colleague and above all as a warm-hearted person and miss him very much. Our special sympathy goes out to his family.

With condolences from his colleagues of the GOKb Moritz Horn, Kirstin Kemner-Heek, Maike Osters, Johann Rolschewski, Daniel Rupp, Martina Schildt, Christin Seegert, Andrea Stei, Gerald Steilen

It's Christmas time

December 21, 2023

The GOKb team would like to thank you for your support and the great cooperation. We wish you and your loved ones happy and peaceful holidays and a healthy, happy new year.


WOLFcon 2023

August 18, 2023

This year, WOLFCon 2023, the annual meeting of the Open Library Foundation (OLF), will take place as a hybrid event in Chicago from August 22 to August 24. GOKb will be represented with the following sessions:

Release 1.6 published

July 26, 2023

The current release 1.6 offers, among other things, extended search and filter functions. Identifiers can be filtered in the search view by namespace. In addition, it is possible to enter a preferred shortname for the provider. The search results can now be exported as csv. Another innovation is the visual split of the view for editing/adding platforms. The detailed release notes can be found here.

GOKb at the BiblioCON 2023

May 23, 2023

The GOKb team will be represented at BiblioCon 2023 in Hannover with the following events:

• May 24 from 2 to 4 p.m.: Presentation on „GOKb & FOLIO – new possibilities for managing electronic resources“

• May 26 from 9 to 11 a.m.: Workshop „Workflows for package management with the Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb)“

Release 1.5 published

April 17, 2023

With the release 1.5, the display of check requests in the GOKb has been optimized. It now offers a better overview as well as adapted hint texts, which contributes to an increased usability. In addition, there is now improved feedback during validation and when importing KBART files. More information about Release 1.5 can be found here.

Release 1.4 published

December 15, 2022

Release 1.4 of GOKb improves in particular the KBART validation. In addition to a meaningful feedback when uploading KBART files, there is now also a stand-alone KBART validator which can check the correctness of KBART files without logging into GOKb. Numerous other improvements can be found in the Release Notes here.

New Release 1.3

August 04, 2022

GOKb Release 1.3 has been published. The import process has been improved considerably both in the background as well as in the user interface, so that the import of packages less error-prone and gives better feedback. Search and filter views for packages, reference titles, etc. have also been improved and now support Boolean operators and advanced truncation.

The detailed release notes can be found here.

WOLFCon 2022

July 05, 2022

This year, WOLFCon 2022, the annual meeting of the Open Library Foundation (OLF), will take place as a hybrid event in Hamburg from August 31 to September 2. GOKb will be present with several sessions:

  • The GOKb as a Bridge between Provider Data and FOLIO Agreements.
  • Cross project: FOLIO ERM & GOKb - Presentation of a Service
  • Closing Review Requests: The Process for Cleaning up Provider Data with GOKb
  • Collect and Distribute: Utilizing the APIs of GOKb

Registration for WOLFCon is still open and can be done via the WOLFCon website.

New Release 1.2

March 18, 2022

GOKb Release 1.2 has been published. Now you can choose your curatory group to specialize in package import or in bibliographic title redaction. Review Request can be escalated to another group. Further, KBART validation has been improved. Please find the release notes here.

New Release 1.1

November 18, 2021

GOKb-version 1.1 was published. For this version the import routines were significantly updated and optimised and now run much smoother. The colour scheme of the graphic interface was also redesigned. Please find the release notes here.

GOKb & Folio: data flow

October 6, 2021

In Germany the GOKb has central role for the management of electronic resource packages. It provides data to national union catalogues like EZB & ZDB, but also to local library systems like Folio:

German Folio libraries data flow

New User Interface

September 1, 2020

The GOKb has a new user interface! Based on a concept jointly developed with our users we have newly coded the interfacec using modern technologies (Vue.js). The main focus of this redesign was improved user guidance and the reduction of complexity. The import of package data is now realised in four easy steps. Redundant features were eliminated and the management of provider and platform data was also streamlined.

The GOKb system running in the background remains the same, so that legacy data will be preserved. The old interfaces will from now on not be supported anymore.

Enhanced Import Client

May 25, 2020

The enhanced version of the GOKb import client YGOR is now online at With this version, a detailed view of each imported record is shown including feedback on erroneous or problematic data values and the possibility to correct those manually directly in the GUI. A saving and loading functionality allows stopping and continuing the upload process at any time. A manual selection of the content type of the package (serial or monograph) is no longer necessary, as this information will be interpreted from the corresponding KBART fields, so an upload of mixed packages is now possible. A documentation on how to import and enrich KBART data via the YGOR client can be found in the GOkb wiki:

User interface study & pilot phase

April 15, 2019

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’

January 21, 2019

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

May 5, 2018

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

July 1, 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.

Invitation to Establish the Open Library Foundation Global Open Knowledgebase

June 1, 2017

The Open Library Foundation (OLF) invited the Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb) to join its community as a project. For this purpose the GOKb steering committee will establish a Community Charter that describes the mission, organisation, and activities of the GOKb community.