Jul 172012
The Discovery programme takes forward the Vision of the earlier JISC and RLUK Resource Discovery Taskforce (RDTF) which has been working with partners from the libraries, archives and museums since 2010. EDINA, as a JISC designated National Data Centre, has significant existing operating capacity and experience in delivering key aspects of the Digital Infrastructure, including shared services, which provide cost-effective delivery of national services to a broad UK HE/FE constituency.   EDINA fully supports the Resource Discovery Task Force vision and is a signatory to the Discovery Open Metadata Principles.  SUNCAT is a key part of the UK Digital Infrastructure and has been involved in initiatives under the Discovery banner

SUNCAT: exploring open metadata ran from February 2011 to July 2011.  This project sought to determine what must be done to extend access to the catalogue, including holdings’ information, and explored what may be done within the project timescales. It looked at:

  • exploration of licensing issues
  • establishing or validating existing use cases
  • mechanisms for providing open access
A XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformation) was developed and the code is here.
This work included developing a mapping of holdings’ information and this documentdescribes the work which was carried out. 
Further funding was supplied for a follow up project entitled, DiscoverEDINA,to run from 1st December 2011 to 31st July 2012 .  One of the three components of this project is further enhancement of the SUNCAT work carried out in the first project. 
An overview of the licensing issues is provided in the DiscoverEDINA Blog and can be updated with the information that a licence has just been signed by Glasgow University.  Work is currently underway to transform the data for the libraries which have signed the licence using the XSLT transformation developed in the SUNCAT: exploring open metadata project.
SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at http://www.suncat.ac.uk or the SUNCAT blog at http://suncatblog.blogspot.com
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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 (http://www.jisc.ac.uk/). JISC has been actively involved in Open Data, which has resulted in the Discovery Open Metadata Principles (http://discovery.ac.uk/businesscase/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 (http://rdtf.jiscinvolve.org/wp/) 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: http://www.opendatacommons.org/licenses/pddl/ ) with reference to the ODC Attribution Share Alike Community Norms (the set of norms are published at: http://www.opendatacommons.org/norms/odc-by-sa/ ). 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 (suncat@staffmail.ed.ac.uk).

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 http://www.suncat.ac.uk or the SUNCAT blog at http://suncatblog.blogspot.com
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