Building a better Knowledge Base

I have been in my new role as data manager for a few months and one of my main tasks is adding new collections of titles into KB+. Our first priority has been Nesli2 collections. In some cases publishers kindly supply KBART files of their collection, others direct us to a title list on their website or we garner the information directly from their web pages . Once we receive the files we need to reformat them in order to upload into KB+.

Before uploading we often attempt to check the data quality. This can include comparing against a title list acquired from a different source, comparing against last years list (using the comparison basket feature in KB+), checking for known title cessations or transfers. We are currently using tools such as SunCat to help with the data verification but are looking to other services and collaboration with international services to ensure consistency and accuracy. Depending on the outcome of these checks we are then faced with how best to resolve any found issues, such as title misspellings, incorrectly assigned DOIs, incorrect ISSNs before this data is loaded into KB+.

I have been mainly using Excel to manage and manipulate the data prior to loading into KB+ and therefore tools such as the ‘conditional formatting’ to find duplicate ISSNs have proven to be useful. I am planning investigating tools such as Google Refine to help manage this data more effectively, especially with regards to breaking down large title lists into appropriate collections and automate some standard formatting.

I am also looking forward to release 3.1 of KB+ which is looking to provide more integrated communication channels.

In working collaboratively and sharing data errors I think we can help build a good quality source of data.

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KB+ Content Update

Since the start of the new year JISC Collections have appointed two new Data Managers to the project. Myself (Damyanti Patel) & Christina Ley. I previously worked as eLibrary manager for Birmingham City University and Chrissie is currently working at Bangor University as Library Assistant (e-resources). We have joined Magaly Bascones who has been working on KB+ since the beginning. One of our key roles is to liaise with publishers and suppliers, gather list of titles within collections verify the information before loading into KB+. In the last couple of weeks we have added titles from a wide range of publishers highlights include

  • American Chemical Society – including the ACS Chemical & Engineering news archive
  • Brill – including the NESLI2 full collection
  • Duke – including the NESLI2 expanded collection
  • Karger – including the NESLI2 full collection
  • Project Euclid – including the NESLI2 prime collection
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • SAGE Publications
  • Taylor and Francis – including the NESLI2 collections STM & SSH
  • Wiley – including the full NESLI2 collections, STM, SSH & library opt in titles

A full list of publishers we have added was sent to the subscribers mailing list (kbplus-updates@jiscmail.ac.uk) and full details of all the collections within KB+ are available on our exports page.

We have also begun working on identifying further NESLI2 collections and non NESLI2 publishers to begin working with so hopefully we will be adding titles from publishers & collections such as JSTOR, Emerald, Springer, Elsevier and more.

We would appreciate your help in identifying titles and collections you are keen to see in KB+ so please drop us an email or leave a comment on any packages you would welcome seeing in KB+