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June 18, 2012 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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New Collaboration Announced—Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb)

Kuali OLE, one of the largest academic library software collaborations in the U.S., and JISC, the U.K.’s expert on digital technologies for education and research, announced a collaboration that will make data about e-resources—such as publication and licensing information—more easily available. Together, Kuali OLE and JISC will develop an international open data repository that will give academic libraries a broader view of subscribed resources.

The effort, known as the Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb) project, is funded in part by a $499,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. North Carolina State University will serve as lead institution for the project. GOKb will be an open, community-based, international data repository that will provide libraries with publication information about electronic resources. This information will support libraries in providing efficient and effective services to their users and ensure that critical electronic collections are available to their students and researchers.

The GOKb cloud service will provide data for “subscribed resources” from a higher education perspective. It will include data such as publication information, related organizations, and model licences, and will be accessible across all U.S. and U.K. academic libraries.

Many of the concerns libraries have in the management of electronic resources are the same across the world. There are a number of projects, such as the Kuali OLE (Open library Environment) in the U.S. and the Knowledge Base+ service in the U.K., which are exploring community-based solutions.

Kuali OLE is a community of nine research libraries working together to build the first open-source system designed by and for academic and research libraries for managing and delivering intellectual information.

Among JISC’s objectives are to provide cost-effective shared national services and resources and to help institutions improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their business systems.

Source: JISC 

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