The Jisc Collection Management Community Advisory Board met on June 21st 2018. A summary of discussions is provided below:
Board membership: Dawn Holland from the University of Hull is stepping down from the Board. Her colleague from Hull, Chris Awre, will be joining the Board at the next meeting.
The University of Sydney have reported on their pilot project using CCM Tools. Some interesting areas of overlap in East Asian collections was identified but the sample size (1000 records) was relatively small. The pilot was a useful proof of concept but a larger scale collaboration would be needed to investigate the feasibility of any international service offering. The Board agreed that it was sensible to keep options open and to pursue this further when resources allow.
Service Updates: CCM Tools service enhancements are currently paused as we work towards the launch of NBK services and incorporate requirements into the Jisc TLSS UX development work. However, the team have been busy with events and will be testing NBK data with the CCM Tools interface in the autumn. Copac is in a stable state with some new data loads and reloads still taking place. Activity is merging into NBK workflows as the project progresses so will not be reported on separately at future meetings.
Community Engagement: The team have been busy with a full calendar of CCM and NBK events since the last meeting. As well as promoting the NBK and collection management services, the events provide valuable insight and feedback from the community. This has included insights into NBK use cases for post 1992 institutions around acquisitions and managing e-book collections. There has also been much valuable activity in Wales resulting in discussions with WHELF about supporting some specific metadata projects for the consortium and plans for CCM Tools training. The CM@Edinburgh event took place on 29th June and was a great success with over 50 delegates attending.
National Bibliographic Knowledgebase:
The Board were shown some prototype data visualisations using elastic search and NBK data. These show the potential to deliver new functionality and data analysis tools to support data quality and collection management workflows and are an excellent practical demonstration of the services which the NBK could deliver. It was noted that it would be very useful to show this to the wider community to give insight into the potential for strategic analysis and delivery of new tools. The Jisc team will be doing so at forthcoming events.
Data loading has slowed recently, often due to local issues getting in the way of progress rather than a lack of awareness or support. In response to this we are engaging with individual institutions with support from Jisc account managers. While data loading remains a priority we are also putting an emphasis on communicating benefits to institutions, libraries and end users to drive engagement.
Serials data: work is progressing to incorporate expertise from the SUNCAT team into the development of appropriate functionality into NBK services. This will support serials data workflows, including the UKRR.
Data ownership: a consultancy has been procured to look into the issues of data ownership and re-use which the NBK has highlighted to date. This will include dialogue with data suppliers, libraries and the NBK team to provide an analysis of the data supply market place and business models, in the hope of finding a way forward to enable sharing of data. It will conclude by mid-October and will also involve the creation of a small community working group to provide a discussion forum for the duration of the work.
Participant framework: a draft document was circulated detailing all NBK service components potentially on offer and the access points for different categories of participants (such as Jisc members, non-members etc.) for comment. The Board supported the broad thrust of its principles but suggested some changes to the structure to improve clarity. These will be incorporated before a public version of the document is released.
Community Data Groups: details of the four groups have been posted to this blog. The groups developed a survey about bibliographic data in libraries which was open to the community for completion during June. Analysis of the results is now taking place and the Groups will be meeting again on 26th July to discuss these and decide on recommendations and next steps.
Dates of CMCAB meetings for the 18/19 session will be confirmed as soon as possible.