Minutes: 11th Virtual Meeting of the OKFN Openbiblio Group

Date: May, 3rd 2011, 15:00 – 16:15 GMT

Channel: Meeting was held via Skype and Etherpad


  • Adrian Pohl
  • Peter Murray-Rust
  • Karen Coyle
  • Jim Pitman
  • Mark MacGillivray
  • late: Thomas Krichel

Update on bibliographica

  • Getting Open Bibliographic Data from PubMed Central (PMC), see http://openbiblio.net/2011/05/03/getting-open-bibliographic-data-from-pmc/
  • Thoughts about pushing changes back to British Library (BL) and other data providers.
  • An JSON serialization of RDF will be offered. Discussions around which to choose: RDF/JSON or JSON-LD. See http://openbiblio.net/2011/05/04/comparative-serialisation-of-rdf-in-json/.
  • Working on provenance information in bibliographica: the subdomain-approach for BL-data (bnb.bibliographica.org) resulted in more problems than benefits.
  • Underlying Triple Store is changed back from Virtuoso to 4store because of Virtuoso bugs.
  • In the end use cases of bibliographica were discussed:
    • Long term strategy: bibliographica.org should be only one instantiation of the openbiblio software.
    • Mark: Use cases differ widely. Providing open data to be used freely in the first place is goal.
    • Peter: Use bibliographica/openbiblio for open institutional bibliographies to provide a snapshot of an academic organization.
    • Peter/Mark: Bibliographic data is key for the Research assessment exercises.
    • Karen makes clear the different functions of different data sets, like institutional bibliography vs. library catalog and states that these distinctions should be documented in the triple store.
    • Jim proposes a further use case over bibliographica data: the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) will open up a data set of scholarly authors and their publications. Use case: Linking people information to entries in bibliographica (as well as other sources like Open Library).

Update on BibServer

  • There’s current work on an integration of the BibServer with bibliographica to provide HTML views over bibliographica data like personal or departmental bibliography.
  • BibServer data in BibJSOn format has been pulled into CouchDB with ElasticSearch building a search index over the data. Example query over Jim’s bibliography serving BibJSON: http://elastic.cottagelabs.com/bibjp/bibjp/_search?q=probability.
  • ACTION: discussion over details will be taken to openbiblio-dev list.

Talk at ORCID

As announced in the last meeting, James Griffin and Thomas gave a talk at the ORCID participants meeting. The draft slides can be viewed here (PPT).

Openbiblio Principles

  • An Italian translation of the principles is done and published.
  • ACTION: Karen will solicit Norwegian and Swedish translations
  • As documented in the last meeting, Primavera wanted to have the Korean version checked by a friend. –> ACTION: Adrian will query her again about it.

OKCon 2011 (Berlin)

  • A Bibliographic data workshop will be held at this year’s OKCon.
  • Peter and Adrian will be there.
  • We have define the aims of this workshop.
  • ACTION: Write a description/proposal of the workshop

Action Collection

  • Take discussion of BibServer/bibliographica integration to openbiblio-dev list.
  • Karen: Solicit Norwegian and Swedish translations of the openbiblio principles.
  • Adrian: Query Primavera regarding the Korean translation of the principles.
  • Adrian/Peter: Write a description/proposal for the OKCon openbiblio workshop.
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