UKSG and NISO to tackle inefficiencies in OpenURL supply chain

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UK and Baltimore, MD – January 13, 2008 –

UK Serials Group (UKSG) and the National
Information Standards Organization (NISO) are pleased to announce the launch of
the Knowledge Base And Related Tools (KBART) working group. The group comprises
representatives from publishers, libraries, link resolver and ERM vendors,
subscription agents and other parties involved in the creation of, provision of
data to, and implementation of knowledge bases. These key components of the
OpenURL supply chain play a critical role in the delivery of the appropriate
copy to end-users of content in a networked environment.

The
establishment of the group follows last year’s publication of the
UKSG-sponsored research report, Link Resolvers and the Serials Supply Chain.
The report identified inefficiencies in the supply and manipulation of journal
article data that impact the efficacy and potential of OpenURL linking. The
KBART working group will progress the report’s recommendations; its mandate has
been extended beyond the serials supply chain to consider best practice for
supply of data pertaining to e-resources in general.

“Knowledge
bases are the key to successful OpenURL linking and as such are already an essential
facilitator within a sophisticated, valuable technology,” comments NISO
co-chair Peter McCracken, Director of Research at Serials Solutions. “But they
have the potential to achieve so much more if we can smooth out the problems
with inaccurate, obsolete data. We plan to create simple guidelines to help
data providers understand how they can optimize their contribution to the
information supply chain.”

“Many
content providers are simply unaware of the benefits to them of supplying
knowledge bases with accurate data in a timely manner, so a key objective for
us is education,” adds UKSG co-chair Charlie Rapple, Group Marketing Manager at
Publishing Technology. “We’ll be taking a back-to-basics approach that helps
stakeholders to learn about – and to embrace – the various technologies that
depend on their data. All parties in the information supply chain can benefit
from the improvements we hope to make.”

For
more information about KBART, visit www.uksg.org/kbart/
or contact:

Peter McCracken
Director of Research
Serials Solutions
501 N. 34th Street, Suite 400,
Seattle, WA 98103,
USA
+1 607 262 0941
peter@serialssolutions.com

Charlie Rapple
Group Marketing Manager
Publishing Technology plc

Unipart House, Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2GQ,
UK

+44 1865 397860

charlie.rapple@publishingtechnology.com

About UKSG
The
UK Serials Group (UKSG) exists to encourage the exchange of ideas on printed
and electronic publishing and the process of scholarly communication. In a dynamic
environment, the UKSG works to promote discussion and the free flow of
information on serials matters and associated technology; to develop links
between all parties in the serials information chain; and to encourage
professional awareness, stimulate research and provide a programme of training
and education. It is the only organisation spanning the wide range of interests
and activities across the electronic publishing industry. More information
about UKSG is available on its website: www.uksg.org.

About the National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
NISO fosters the development and maintenance of standards
that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and effective interchange
of information so that it can be trusted for use in research and learning. To
fulfill this mission, NISO engages libraries, publishers, information
aggregators, and other organizations that support learning, research, and
scholarship through the creation, organization, management, and curation of
knowledge. NISO works with intersecting communities of interest and across the
entire lifecycle of an information standard. NISO is a not-for-profit
association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
More information about NISO is available on its website: www.niso.org
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