The national bibliographic knowledgebase (NBK) will help transform how libraries manage their collections, provide access to resources and collaborate with each other and work towards the vision for a national digital library.
What we’re building
We are working on a national-scale shared service that will build on and surpass the functionality of Copac, which currently aggregates data from around 90 libraries.
The NBK will eventually include catalogue data from more than 225 academic and specialist libraries. By doing so, it will more effectively support the management of library collections so that they are optimised for contemporary research and learning needs.
Our ambition is that the NBK will make a positive contribution to the overall quality of data that circulates around the bibliographic data ‘ecosystem’.
Specifically, we believe the NBK will:
- Provide a sustainable, next generation national data infrastructure
- Support libraries in making the transition from print-first to digital-first
- Support the formulation of a more joined-up national strategy around retention of print materials
- Aggregate bibliographic data with availability and usage data
- Facilitate more efficient access to e-books, digitised books and journals
- Improve metadata accuracy, effectiveness and standards across the sector
- Positively influence a national approach to authority controls and identifier frameworks in relation to bibliographic resources
- Promote the unhindered flow of data to maximise discovery by users
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