SUNCAT will end as a service on the 31st July 2019. The rationale for retiring SUNCAT comes from a lengthy consultation with the academic library community that resulted in a requirement for a new service that was capable of working at much greater scale to deliver a comprehensive view onto the bibliographic and holdings data of all UK academic libraries. A new national service is in development that will supersede both the SUNCAT service and its sister service, Copac. The Jisc National Bibliographic Knowledgebase (NBK) will be a national-scale aggregated bibliographic database which will facilitate resource discovery, collection management and cataloguing.
It is business as usual for now for SUNCAT, please continue to send data. EDINA and Jisc will co-host a webinar later in the year with a fuller update and time line on the process of retiring SUNCAT. EDINA will also send out regular updates to keep you informed.
To achieve the goal of comprehensive coverage, Jisc would like to encourage current SUNCAT contributors to start submitting their data to the NBK as soon as possible in order that the transition between services is as smooth as possible. The intention is to launch the NBK ‘live’ service in February 2019. It will then run in parallel with SUNCAT until its retirement at the end of July 2019. If you’d like to send your data, discuss the benefits of joining the NBK, or have any other questions about the NBK, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org