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Knowledge Base And Related Tools (KBART)


The joint NISO/UKSG Phase II KBART (Knowledge Bases And Related Tools) working group will progress the recommendations of the Phase I Recommended Practice. The group will be co-chaired by UKSG and NISO and will work to:

  1. Develop a second recommended practice to build on the initial recommendations delivered for Phase I of the KBART project in order to effect smoother interaction between members of the knowledge base supply chain. Whereas the Phase I report provided minimum recommendations to reach this goal, the Phase II report will focus on the more advanced, complex issues that cause problems in this area, as defined in the “Next Steps” portion of the Phase I report. Knowledge base providers and their customers (primarily academic libraries) will benefit from provision of higher quality data by content providers. Publishers will benefit from accurate linking to their content and subsequently the possibility of increased usage.
  2. Provide educational events that will address the roles of each (relevant) party in the supply chain, the functions each needs to carry out to improve supply of data to knowledge bases, and the value of doing so in each case. Content providers will benefit from a greater understanding of the needs and activities of those to whom they supply data; knowledge base providers and libraries will again benefit from improvements that can be expected when content providers are better educated.
  3. Deliver a centralised information portal, to support educational activities and provide a comprehensive resource for further learning, e.g.:
    • Glossary (already available on the UKSG and NISO websites from Phase I)
    • Entry-level explanation of OpenURL: purpose, methodology, value (already available in Phase I Recommended Practice)
    • Introduction to knowledge base supply chain parties: roles, needs, responsibilities, value (already available in Phase I Recommended Practice)
    • "How to" guides: outputting holdings data etc.
    • Links to other (selected) OpenURL literature
    • Guidelines for best practice: knowledge base format and terms of provision
    • Relevance of other standards/initiatives/technologies, e.g., ONIX, metasearch
    • Contact details of those willing to provide assistance to the bewildered