Minutes: 14th Virtual Meeting of the OKFN Openbiblio Group

Date September, 13th 2011, 15:00 GMT

Channel Meeting was held via Skype and Etherpad


  • Adrian Pohl
  • Peter Murray-Rust
  • Jim Pitman
  • Karen Coyle


Brief reports from Jim

Progress on BibServer/BibSoup

  • http://bibsoup.net/
  • We have working uploads of BibTeX data with conversion to BibJSON, updating elastic search index, and faceted search and browse. Please browse around and register issues on the feedback form. May need to get a login for that.

Invitation from Microsoft Academic Search

  • email from Greg Tannenbaum who is contracting for MAS, Aug 9 : “we have been discussing the Open Bibliography project and it struck us that it would be useful to explore how we might get Microsoft Academic Search designated as compliant with your standards. Have you and the team thought about this type of seal of approval? If so, can we set up a time to discuss how we might qualify. We see Open Bibliography as a valuable undertaking and would like to both promote it and comply with it if possible”.
  • Jim has a call scheduled on this with Lee Dirks for 1:00 PM PDT for Tuesday, 9/20.
  • Agreed on strategy to engage MAS in openbiblio. Try to get them to provide export with an open license.

Google Scholar Citations

The European Digital Mathematics Library (EuDML)

Centre for Open Science (CeON (Centrum Otwartej Nauki in Polish)

  • is a newly created subunit of Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (ICM), http://www.icm.edu.pl/ which is in turn an autonomous research department of University of Warsaw, a public university, funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. CeON is in its inception and its webpage is still under construction. It should be visible to the outside world in about two months.
  • CeON has four priorities of equal importance:
    1. promotion of open science,
    2. providing access to scientific literature and databases for the scientific community
    3. software development for digital repositories and
    4. research in the area of document analysis, text mining, bibliometrics.

Name spaces for bibsoup

  • Need help with name spaces
  • From http://info-uri.info/ which is now deprecated: “The Linked Data idiom is currently ascendant, and accommodates both resource resolution and identification, which is different than the simple “info” premise of URI identification alone. This approach to resource identity is likely to conform more closely to evolving practice”.
  • We need guidance on managing name spaces for use in BibJSON for BibServer/BibSoup dev. (For ISBN there is a urn:isbn-namespace. (RFC: http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3187.)

Berkman Digital Registry Proposal

ACTION: Jim, Karen and Adrian will come together to collect solutions for finding/minting URIs for legacy identifiers.

Bibliographic Metadata Guide

ACTION: Adrian & Karen will make proposals for improvement on the openbiblio-dev list.

Author’s Guild suing HathiTrust

  • Quick report by Karen, see http://kcoyle.blogspot.com/2011/09/authors-guild-sues-hathitrust.html
  • Twice mentions bibliographic metadata in ways that seem to include it in “unauthorized use”
  • Sections from the suit:

    sec. 43:
    “The digital copy comprises a set of scanned image files, files containing the text of the work extracted through optical character recognition (“OCR”) technology, and data associated with the work indicating bibliographic and other information.”

    sec. 59
    “Third, HathiTrust provides a variety of tools to allow its users to access content in the HDL. For example, all users may search and identify bibliographic information (title, author, subject, ISBN, publisher, and year of publication) for the works contained in the HDL.”

  • The concerned bibliographic data is derived from library catalogs.

  • This case is an opportunity to remind people of our agenda.

ACTION: wait a bit (for responses by others) and then post on the OKFN blog

Open article data from ZB MED

Bibliographic-archival database by Wikimedia

  • See http://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/open-bibliography/2011-September/001133.html
  • Rufus contacted people from Wikimedia. There are two things going on at Wikimedia Germany which are relevant here:
    1. The bibliographic database project which current goal is to have a workshop about the topic, and work out how best to proceed. There won’t be significant work done on it in the short term.
    2. The WikiData project: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/New_Wikidata. WikiData is to provide a central database for all kinds of structured data, for use in other wikis.
  • We’ll stay in touch with the people from Wikimedia regarding this.
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