In recent years, link resolver technology has become integral to ensuring successful institutiona...
In recent years, link resolver technology has become integral to ensuring successful institutional access to electronic content. The corresponding take-up of OpenURL compliance among content providers in response has resulted in a global solution to the ‘appropriate copy’ problem. However, this solution is only effective if the knowledge base behind the link resolver is up to date, accurate and comprehensive and is a factor that is often overlooked in establishing OpenURL compliance. This presentation explores the importance of OpenURL and knowledge bases to the information community as a whole and provides an overview and update of the role that the KBART (Knowledge Bases and Related Tools) working group has to play in improving knowledge base metadata.
KBART, a joint initiative between NISO and UKSG, is a working group comprised of stakeholders (libraries, content providers, and knowledgebase vendors) seeking to improve the metadata supply chain to the knowledgebases that OpenURL linker resolvers depend on. The aim of this work is improved quality and consistency of metadata that knowledgebases receive from content providers, ensuring a better experience for library patrons. The first set of recommendations was announced in January of this year. Since then several content providers and knowledgebase vendors have endorsed KBART guidelines. Learn about the experiences of content providers and linking vendors that have taken up KBART Phase 1 recommendations and the working group’s plans for next phase. Discover what libraries can do to improve the metadata exchange between content vendors and the knowledgebases they use.