ER&L 2015 Session Report on “Come One, Come All: Building a Community for the Global Open Knowledgebase”

ERL 2015 Session Report CoverSession Report on “Come One, Come All: Building a Community for the Global Open Knowledgebase” at ER&L 2015 prepared by Xiaoyan Song, North Carolina State University

I don’t know when exactly open source has become inseparable with our daily life, such as Youtube and Wikipedia. And community to open source is like water to fish. Without community support, there wouldn’t be Youtube or Wikipedia.

Here is a presentation on an open-source community-managed project Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKB). In this session, Kristen Wilson, editor and PI for GOKb, shared with the audience on what is GOKb, why do we need it, a GOKb demo, GOKb partners and partnerships and the next steps.

Funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, GOKb is a “free and community-managed data repository containing key publication information about e-resources”. Kristen W. pointed out that GOKb is “not a replacement of discovery tool”, nor “to store local holdings”.

She made an excellent point on the need of GOKb: it can solve duplication of effort; improve data quality, such as title level metadata for title changes; as a stand-alone data repository, provide a neutral environment by untangling data and software.

GOKb is partnering with Quali OLE partners and other partners. She elaborated on the partnerships:

  • NCSU & Chicago have been working on how to build a knowledgebase. They’ve been working on how to take data from publisher, validate and clean it up and get it into the knowledgebase.
  • OLE partners including Lehigh, Duke and Rutgers start to receive trainings and planning on contributing data to gokb in a “manageable way”.
  • Jisc, the Melon grant partner, is migrating from KBplus to GOKb.
  • There are also conversations with other partners
  • The way to partnering with publishers and vendors can be to help publishers to improve their data and fix data at the source.
  • There is also possibility to partner with other commercial knowledgebase.

During the GOKb web application demo, she showed the audience the package records, title records, and the Title Instance Package Platform (TIPP) records.

The presenter finished the presentation with what’s coming next, which includes to hire a GOKb editor, continue training existing partners, and work with new partners.

The reporter thinks the project is of great importance. It provides a hub to bring together everyone on the electronic resource data supply chain including publishers, aggregators and institutions. It calls for community contribution to the community-based projects, and in return, everyone will benefit from such a data repository.

For more information about GOKb, go to or contact Kristen Wilson


Xiaoyan Song is an Electronic Resources Librarian in the Acquisitions & Discovery Department at the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries. Prior to joining NCSU in the summer of 2014, she worked at Harvard University Libraries and the Earl Gregg Swem Library at The College of William & Mary. She received her MLS from Simmons College. She is NCSU’s local coordinator for the GOKb project.

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