Knowledge Base+ is a centralised, shared, above-campus knowledge base of data critical to electronic resources management (ERM) at the institutional level. This community-centric service will provide institutions, and the services they use, with timely, accurate, verified and structured ERM information, including e-resources publication, licensing, subscription and entitlements data.
Knowledge Base+ (KB+) is not another Electronic Resource Management system (ERM), instead the project is taking a data-centric approach to the problems that currently face the management of electronic resources. In particular, the focus for the KB+ service will be on supplying quality metadata and improving the availability of high quality and timely metadata relevant to the UK academic libraries using existing ERM systems and LMS products.
KB+ will minimise the costly duplication of staff time and effort in the population, maintenance and correction of existing knowledge bases.
Importantly, KB+ is working with other services and initiatives, such as the Journal Usage Statistics Portal,
as well as commercial systems vendors and suppliers, to extend and enhance existing data and services, rather than creating yet another data silo.
At launch in August 2012 KB+ will include the following:
- KB+ platform with user interface to allow academic institutions, suppliers, publishers and others to navigate, manage and manipulate data, supported by access management and permission tools.
- Verified, accurate and up-to-date publication information for NESLi2, JISC eCollections, SHEDL and WHEEL agreements in KBART format, suitable for use by link-resolvers.
- Subscription management information – such as post-cancellation access entitlement information, contact information, access management records.
- Licences in machine readable formats for NESLi2, major JISC Collections and major non-JISC Collections agreements
- Integrated usage statistics in machine readable format for NESLi2 publishers and other publishers stored within the Journals Usage Statistics Portal.
- Alerting services covering renewals, opt outs, service availability and disruption.
- Workflow management tools related to the selection, review, renewal and cancellation of publications.
Improved Data and Tools
KB+ intends to put in place a foundation of accurate, authoritative, timely, relevant and structured information in support of e-resource management for UK academic institutions.
In addition it will provide tools to aid the analysis, communication, processes and management of e-resources.
All of this will be made available to new and existing service providers, both commercial and open source, as well as other services provided by and for teaching, learning and research globally
JISC and its services are currently delivering and developing a variety of platforms and tools that support and enhance ERM. The Project will develop these existing services funded by JISC, such as the Licence Comparison Tool and JUSP, so that by the use of open standards, like COUNTER
and ONIX, they become more cohesive, interoperable and responsive to the changing needs of the academic community.
This investment in a foundation of data, tools and platforms using open standards will be leveraged to allow existing service providers to focus their efforts on the development of their systems in such a way that finally delivers on the opportunities offered by ERM systems, that delivers value for money and cost savings for UK academic institutions.
Beyond existing services the investment will pave the way for a variety of new service providers to emerge, lowering the costs of market entry and introducing real drivers of improvement where fragmentation has been a loss to all sides.
Shared Community Activity
The global library community is already undertaking a huge amount of work updating, correcting and improving the information held within knowledge bases. Unfortunately, that work often takes place in local systems and can’t be easily shared with other institutions which end up repeating the same process over and over again. KB+ is one part of an international move towards the co-ordination of this effort to the benefit of all, reducing unnecessary duplication of effort by wherever possible transitioning effort from the local institutional level to shared above campus services.