Monday, November 15, 2010

Open Bibliographic Data Guide: JISC study on the business cases for Open Bibliographic Data

links to the _The Guide to Open Bibliographic Data_ that JISC developed on behalf of its partners in the Resource Discovery Task Force. It is about the business cases for Open Bibliographic Data – releasing some or all of a library’s catalog records for open use and re-use by others. The Guide uses 17 use cases to explore
* How to license the data
* Legal issues to be considered
* Potential costs and savings
* Practical implications in terms of processes, effort and skills
* Data formats and other technical options

The assumed rationale is about discoverability and is gaining in credibility the more our resources are discovered from ‘out there’ (through such as Google) and not from ‘in here’ (through the local OPAC). --most of the above quoted or modified slightly from the Guide.

A PDF version of the use cases is at

On a quick review, the case studies seem useful: specific, brief, comprehensive. Each use case includes sections on description, motivation, benefits, consequences, rights & licensing, practicalities and costs.

A table of use cases and examples is at

An example for use case 1 (publish data for unspecified use) is Open Library and another is Cambridge U. Library

An example for use case 2 (publish open Linked Data for unspecified use) is Libris, the joint catalogue of the Swedish academic and research libraries