Random thoughts on future impact of KB +

Knowledge Base+ focuses on the data that underpins e-resource management. Workshops throughout the HE Library community highlighted this as an area that ALL libraries struggle with and that is very time-consuming. That’s one impact.

There is a great deal of confusion and miscommunication between publishers, librarians and subscription agents. But most importantly the people affected by this are the users of our services students and academics. That’s the second impact of KB+ – making the online library more reliable – thereby better supporting the core education and research needs of our institutions.

The benefits of focusing on the data is that the Knowledge Base+ service will ‘add value’ to a whole range of other local databases, ERMs, link resolvers and knowlegebases: that’s the third impact. It has the potential to act as the single point of truth for this core data, enabling it to be reused in a multitude of ways. This means that Knowledge Base + can rightly claim to be vendor neutral.

Vendor neutrality is also very important in terms of getting buy-in from all those involved in the supply chain, especially third party providers who may have their own Knowledge Base. Because Knowledge Base + is built on open standards, other providers can potentially feed data in, and pull data from, this centralised Knowledge Base, cutting down the existing discrepancies between services. So Knowledge Base + does not compete, but instead seeks to enhance, existing related services as well – that’s the fifth impact.

The sixth impact is cultural – the poor state of data management is being exposed by the project with all of us involved in the ERM supply chain being challenged to get our act together and not accept poor quality data. This cultural change should help drive up standards, and enhance the user experience, beyond the confined of this project.

I’m looking forward to seeing how libraries choose to make use of the data provided and we’re expecting exemplars to emerge as we enter the beta phase.

Presentation to Ex Libris User Group for UK and Ireland

I was recently invited to give a presentation to the Ex Libris User Group for UK and Ireland, on the KB+.

As a statement of how we got to where we are and where we hope to take the project in the future it is fairly complete.

Slides are available on slideshare


Knowledge Base+ at Day One

We’ve reached the point in the development of KB+ where we are pretty confident about what we’ll deliver on day one 1st September 2012.

I’ve divided it all up into the data that will be there, the services that will be provided and what libraries and suppliers can do.

We’d really welcome comments…

What data will be there?

Functionality in Place

Activity Undertaken by JISC Collections

Opportunity for Users to Add Data

Title, package, platform and coverage for the current NESLi2, SHEDL, WHEEL and JISC eCollections agreements – in excess of 12,000 titles

Wherever possible institutional entitlements to the above (based on JISC Collections data and local institutional data)

Licence information covering key values such as authorised user, remote access, ILL, use in course packs, post-cancellation access

Non-JISC Collections agreements. Currently we have IEEE publication information, we hope that institutions will add more data on agreements during the testing phase


What services will be available?

Functionality in Place

Activity Undertaken by JISC Collections

Opportunity for Users to Add Data

Additions and changes will be made centrally by JISC Collections in the initial phase, based on information sourced from the community

Monthly usage statistics will be automatically visible as they are collected by JUSP

New licence information will be added as agreements are made available in elcat


What can a library team do?

Functionality in Place

Activity Undertaken by JISC Collections

Opportunity for Users to Add Data

Add records of institutional licences and entitlements through data entry and/or upload


Access and compare key licence terms and related notes


Enter and access current alerts, notes and documents, such as the status of negotiations, issues and guidance with licences, service availability. Including display of current alerts.


Share intelligence (issues, queries, knowledge and responses) across the community


Set privacy levels for your data and documents


Produce reports such as A-Z lists, licence information, renewal dates etc


What can suppliers do?

Functionality in Place

Activity Undertaken by JISC Collections

Opportunity for Users to Add Data

Provide feeds of new records and updates by arrangement with JISC Collections  

Receive feeds of accurate contextualised deal information on publications and associated licences for the agreements covered by KB+ for use in their own knowledge bases