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Knowledge bases: improving the information supply chain

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In early 2006, information industry association UKSG commissioned a research report 'to identify the new relationships and information exchange requirements… [necessary] to maximize the benefit of OpenURL linking'. Central to the efficient operation of the OpenURL is the knowledge base, which consists of data supplied by content providers including publishers. The report found that a lack of awareness on the part of many publishers of the OpenURL's capabilities and requirements is impacting the quality and timeliness of the data they provide to populate knowledge bases, and thus undermining the potential of this sophisticated technology. A programme of education and advocacy, particularly among smaller publishers, will be key to improving the efficacy with which OpenURL is currently implemented. The study's findings and suggestions will be taken forward by the KBART (Knowledge Bases And Related Tools) working group co-chaired by UKSG and NISO; this article reviews the initial report and summarizes the planned remit and expected outcomes of the working group.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2008-04-01

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