Natasha Aburrow-Jones

Nov 142013

Updates from the following libraries have been loaded into the SUNCAT catalogue. The dates displayed indicate when the files were received by SUNCAT.

Bradford University (09 August 2013)

British Library (27 Sep 13)

CONSER (06 Nov 13)

Glasgow University (11 Sep 13)

Loughborough University (17 Oct 13)

National Art Library (01 Oct 13)

Natural History Museum (25 Oct 13)

Nottingham University (01 Oct 13)

Royal Asiatic Society (18 Oct 13)

Royal College of Nursing (03 Sep 13)

School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London (18 Sep 13)

Southampton University (11 Nov 13)

Swansea University (15 Oct 13)

Wellcome Library (09 Oct 13)
To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.
SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at

 November 14, 2013  Posted by at 2:18 pm Updates No Responses »
Nov 112013

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the catalogue this week (the dates displayed indicate when the file was received).

British Library (02 Aug 13)
CONSER (30 Oct 13)
Durham University (21 Jun 13)
Edinburgh University (21 Jul 13)
Glasgow University (06 Aug 13)
ISSN (12 Sep 13)
Leicester University (24 Oct 13)
Manchester Metropolitan University (08 Oct 13)
NERC: Natural Environment Research Council (10 Sep 13)
Oxford University (25 Oct 13)
Reading University (15 Aug 13)
Royal College of Music (16 Oct 13)
Royal Museums Greenwich Caird Library (18 Sep 13)
Royal Society of Medicine (03 Oct 13)
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Library (16 Aug 13)
Southampton University (27 Oct 13)
St Andrews University (08 Oct 13)
Sussex University (02 Oct 13)
Tate Library – Tate Britain (10 Sep 13)
Warwick University (10 Oct 13)
York University (16 Jul 13)


At present, we have a backlog of updates to load as the upgrade took longer than expected; we are in the process of working our way through them. To check on the currency of library updates in SUNCAT,  please check the updates page for further details.

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at


 November 11, 2013  Posted by at 10:02 am Updates No Responses »
Mar 222012

The SUNCAT team will be attending the UKSG Annual Conference in Glasgow next week, from Monday 26th March until Wednesday 28th March.
UKSG “exists to connect the knowledge community and encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication. It is the only organisation spanning the wide range of interests and activities across the scholarly information community of librarians, publishers, intermediaries and technology vendors”.
Follow the conference through the UKSG blog at and on the Twitter hashtag #uksg

The 35th Annual Conference is being held at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre in Glasgow. We shall be attending sessions covering interesting subjects such as the SCARLET Project: special collections in the age of the app, and Digging for the unknown known: practices and promises around journal article mining.
It looks to be an exciting conference!

SUNCAT will be on the EDINA stand (number 32) covering all breaks. Please come along and see us if you’re attending. It would be lovely to talk to you about SUNCAT and other EDINA services.

 March 22, 2012  Posted by at 11:38 am News Tagged with:  No Responses »
Jun 152011

EDINA and SUNCAT in particular are starting to explore Open and Linked Data, and would like to ask for your help!

SUNCAT is funded by JISC ( JISC has been actively involved in Open Data, which has resulted in the Discovery Open Metadata Principles ( As a result of this, SUNCAT would like to be able to open up the data that is sent by Contributing Libraries. The Resource Discovery Task Force ( was instrumental in linking the opening up of data and SUNCAT involvement. Open bibliographic data offers the chance for librarians and, indeed, anyone, to reuse the data to build innovative services for researches, teachers, students and librarians.

A major first step in the process of making metadata fully open is obtaining the consent of the Contributing Libraries to allow EDINA to make the supplied serials data open, under an Open Data Commons Public Domain Dedication and Licence
(URL: ) with reference to the ODC Attribution Share Alike Community Norms (the set of norms are published at: ). Please contact us for more details of the licence that we have drawn up. We would be expecting all Contributing Libraries who allow us to open up their serials data to sign this.

Once the data has been made open, we may be able to transform it into a set of triples, and release it as Linked Data. This is dependent on the time scale of the project, and the work that we are able to complete in that time.

We understand that there may be licensing issues with allowing EDINA to use all of the metadata that is supplied to us through regular updates to SUNCAT. However, it would be very useful to be permitted to use some or all of this data, such as letting us use records that you created originally, and did not download from an external bibliographic resource.

It must be stressed that this is exploratory project work. As we are working to a tight timescale, we would like to work with a limited number of Contributing Libraries in the first instance.

We would like to hear from you if you would be happy for us to publish some or all of your serials metadata under an Open Data Commons PDD Licence. Please contact us through the SUNCAT email (

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Natasha Aburrow-Jones
SUNCAT Project Officer

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at or the SUNCAT blog at
 June 15, 2011  Posted by at 3:12 pm Developments Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Apr 082009

Last week, two SUNCAT team members (Natasha and Moira) attended the UKSG annual conference in Torquay. This was a fascinating three day meeting, covering anything and everything to do with serials and e-resources. It was also a chance to meet up with some of our contributing libraries’ representatives on a face-to-face basis.

As far as the plenary and breakout sessions were concerned, the highlights included a talk by Joseph Janes from the University of Washington Information School, who commented that an environment which looks familiar, but is slightly off-kilter, is highly disorientating; referring this to scholarly communications, he said that comfortable territory was being left behind in the march forward, but that the future is not yet an alien landscape. However, the serial as it exists now is evolving, and that has to be accounted for in library practices.
Three sessions on e-books were also interesting. One session of note concerned the JISC national e-books observatory project, which concluded that e-books which were free at the point of use did not have a significant impact on print sales. Moira particularly liked these sessions, as she likes to keep abreast of developments in e-resources as a whole, not simply serials, and so found them useful.
Both Natasha and Moira appreciated the talk by Jill Taylor-Roe from Newcastle University, which considered the current economic climate and the “Big Deal” packages offered by publishers. It was interesting to note that a number of libraries are considering cancelling their Big Deals to concentrate on more specific journal titles.
A highlight for Natasha was the breakout session offered by Dave Pattern, from the University of Huddersfield, which illustrated how Web 2.0 can infiltrate the library OPAC to give increased functionality and usability.

However, the high point of the conference had to be the infamous UKSG quiz – with EDINA representatives on the winning team!

Next year, the UKSG annual conference is being held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. SUNCAT hopes to see some of you there!

(For more details of the UKSG conference, please see the website: and the live blog from the conference: )

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at or the SUNCAT blog at
 April 8, 2009  Posted by at 10:09 am News Tagged with:  No Responses »