Minutes: 27th Virtual Meeting of the OKFN Working Group for Open Bibliographic Data

Date: January, 8th 2013, 16:00 GMT

Channels: Meeting was held via Skype and Etherpad


  • Adrian Pohl
  • Peter Murray-Rust
  • Richard Wallis


Schemabib Extension group update

  • Links:
  • W3C community and business group, started by Richard Wallis (OCLC) in September 2012
  • Conference meeting once a month
  • Idea: Get consensus across the bibliographic community about how to extend schema.org.
  • Lightweight approach, should not compete with MARC
  • Most people interested in bibliodata come from the library community. Richard tried to extend the group to other people (publishers, scholars etc.).
  • Background: OCLC publishing Linked Data in worldcat.org using schema.org vocabulary. schema.org missed properties
  • In the end: Publish extension proposal to the public-vocabs list
  • Peter comments on schema.org: schema.org is going to work because its built by people who know how the web works
  • Currently discussion about the concept of work and instances; FRBR comes up but such a model wouldn’t make it into schema.org
  • Richard: It makes sense to publish schema.org alongside BibFrame or RDA.
  • Peter: Talking to Mark McGillivray might make sense to find out how schema.org bibdata can relate to BibJSON and the accompanying tools.

Bibframe draft data model

GOKb (Global Open Knowledgebase)

Adrian heard about this project but all he could find on the web about it was litte information:

“Kuali OLE, one of the largest academic library software collaborations in the United States, and JISC, the UK’s expert on digital technologies for education and research, announce 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.
from http://gokb.org/post/25021222983/gobkpressrelease

GOKb is … focused on global-level metadata about e-resources with the goal of supporting management of those e-resources across the resource lifecycle. GOKb does not aspire to replace current vendor-provided KB products. But it does aspire to make good data available to everybody, including existing KBs, and to provide an open and low-barrier way for libraries to access this data. Our goal is that GOKb data is permeates the KB ecosystem so that all library systems, whether ILS, ERM, KB or discovery, will have better quality data about electronic collections than they do today.
From http://kualiole.tumblr.com/post/32942331929/bib-data-is-now-more-open-what-about-knowledge-base

  • The oparticipants didn’t know much more about this initiative. Adrian will try to find out more for upcoming meetings.


  • Peter briefly informed about some interesting developments:
    *Open citations: http://opencitations.wordpress.com/ (David Shotton, Oxford, Uk)

    • Hargreaves report: UK government says it’s legal toc mine content. See Peter’s post at [http://blogs.ch.cam.ac.uk/pmr/2012/12/21/opencontentmining-massive-step-forward-come-and-join-us-in-the-uk/](http://blogs.ch.cam.ac.uk/pmr/2012/12/21/opencontentmining-massive-step-forward-come-and-join-us-in-the-uk/]
    • Pubcrawler
    • Crossref biblio/citation data
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