Last week we completed three days of meetings in London (6-9 July) bringing together expertise from the JISC Collections KB+ and Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb – http://gokb.org/) project partners from North Carolina State University and the University of Pennsylvania plus technology partners Knowledge Integration (http://www.k-int.com).
GOKb was funded in June 2012 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to build a community-sourced knowledgebase for access to e-resource metadata. It aims to enhance the supply chain lifecycle for libraries in managing e-resources, mobilizing community effort to add quality, timeliness and economies to the library management environment. The project is a joint international initiative between Kuali OLE partners (including Chicago, Duke, Penn and NC State) and JISC Collections.
The UK KB+ project is focused primarily on developing trusted data and workflows for locally negotiated e-resource packages. KB+ recognizes the value of the GOKb international effort in establishing the same quality of data for global titles and packages, covering e-journals and looking beyond to e-books.
The two projects are therefore working together in detail to address globally-identified operational problems, including common transfer formats (KBART-based), data models, rules engine and re-use of the Kuali OLE Document Store repository (https://wiki.kuali.org/display/OLE/OLE+DocumentStore).
The meeting was focused on defining key joint tasks for coming months:
- Identification and classification of sources of periodic information within the publishing supply chain – for example publisher title lists. Whilst this may sound obvious and straightforward, practitioners are keenly aware of issues regarding format, content and provenance that differ from source to source.
- Definition of rules and remedial actions relating to the processing of source data – which will range from format standardisation (such as dates) to much more complex update conditions.
- Specification of an end to end process model and toolset to ingest, transform and process updates with a minimum of human intervention, whilst recognizing the points at which such expertise will be essential (at least in the formative period of operation where rules will need to be optimised and ‘learned’ by the system).
- Design of a shared data model so that KB+ and GOKb are able to share code (such as the rules base), to present a one-stop approach to import/export in common formats and to identify opportunities for shared services based on once-only management of data.
The partners left London sensing there is even greater scope for collaboration and shared services than was originally envisaged. The challenge will be to convert that opportunity into quality data, code and services, starting with the next joint working group in Chicago in August.