Home > ResourceBlog > Article

« All ResourceBlog Articles

 

Feed

Monday, 15th March 2010

Several Libraries in Germany Make Their Bibliographic Data Open Access

This time both public and academic libraries in the Cologne, Germany area are offering cataloging data

From the Announcement

Cologne-based libraries and the Library Centre of Rhineland-Palatinate (LBZ) in cooperation with the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Center (hbz) are the first German libraries to adopt the idea of Open Access for bibliographic data by publishing their catalog data for free public use. The University and Public Library of Cologne (USB), the Library of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, the University Library of the University of Applied Science of Cologne and the LBZ are taking the lead by releasing their data. The Public Library of Cologne has announced to follow shortly. The release of bibliographic data forms a basis for linking that data with data from other domains in the Semantic Web.

Libraries have been involved with the Open Access movement for a long time. The objective of this movement is to provide free access to knowledge to everybody via the internet. Until now, only few libraries have done so with their own data. Rolf Thiele, deputy director of the USB Cologne, states: "Libraries appreciate the Open Access movement because they themselves feel obliged to provide access to knowledge without barriers. Providing this kind of access for bibliographic data, thus applying the idea of Open Access to their own products, has been disregarded until now. Up to this point, it was not possible to download library catalogues as a whole. This will now be possible. We are taking a first step towards a worldwide visibility of library holdings on the internet." The library of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has already published its data under a public domain license in January.

[Snip]

The North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Center has recently begun evaluating the possibilities to transform data from library catalogs in such a way that it can become a part of the emerging Semantic Web. The liberalization of bibliographic data provides the legal background to perform this transformation in a cooperative, open, and transparent way. Currently there are discussions with other member libraries of the hbz library network to publish their data. Moreover, "Open Data" and "Semantic Web" are topics that are gaining perception in the international library world.

Additional Info (in German) and Links to Access Data

Source: hbz

Hat Tip and Thanks: Open Knowledge Foundation Blog


Category:

Views: 2222




« All ResourceBlog Articles

 

FreePint

FreePint supports the value of information in the enterprise. Read more »


FeedLatest FreePint Content:


  • Click to view the article New Angles on Current Awareness, New Light on Research
    Thursday, 27th November 2014

    The FreePint Topic Series: News, and Beyond is now well-advanced, with a host of product reviews, articles and other resources exploring key themes relating to news for current awareness and for research. This update article helps you catch up with recent coverage and gives an update on what information is still to come.

  • Click to view the article Beating the Language Barrier in Research
    Thursday, 27th November 2014

    Andrew Lucas looks at why, despite the proliferation of translation tools, language remains a barrier to using local language content and why local language sources are hard to come by.

  • Click to view the article Why You Might Need a Media Asset Management System
    Wednesday, 26th November 2014

    This article describes why it is as important to manage our corporate audiovisual material as our written documents. Katharine Schopflin outlines what you need from a system to manage your media assets and what to do if you become responsible for creating order out of asset management chaos.

  • ... more ...

All FreePint Content »
FreePint Topics »


A FreePint Subscription delivers articles and reports that support your organisation's information practice, content and strategy.

Find out more and order a FreePint Subscription by visiting the
completing our online form: Subscription Order page.


FreePint Testimonials

"I was very impressed with the quality of the Webinar. I attend a lot of professional webinars and this was one of the best. It was well ..."

Read more testimonials and supply yours »






 

 
 
 

Register

Register to receive the free ResourceShelf Newsletter, featuring highlighted posts.

Find out more »

Article Categories

All Article Categories »

Archive

All Archives »