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UKSG and NISO Announce Eight More Publishers Endorse KBART Cynthia Hodgson 13 Jun 2011 18:34 UTC

UKSG and NISO Announce Eight More Publishers Endorse KBART
Support and Demand for KBART Increasing Within Knowledge Community

UKSG and the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) are pleased
to announce that another eight publishers are now able to supply metadata
that conforms to the recommended practice, KBART: Knowledge Bases And
Related Tools (NISO RP-9-2010). Endorsement of this publication, which
contains practical recommendations for the timely exchange of accurate
metadata between content providers and knowledge base developers, indicates
that the format and content of data supplied by the publisher to knowledge
bases and related tools conform to the KBART recommendations.

The newest endorsers are:
. American Geophysical Union
. BioScientifica, representing:
     * The European Society for Endocrinology
     * The Society for Endocrinology
     * The Society for Reproduction and Fertility
. Cambridge University Press
. Credo Reference
. Emerald Group Publishing

"BioScientifica manages significant amounts of data on behalf of the growing
number of societies to whom we provide publishing services," says Kathryn
Spiller, Assistant Director of Publishing Services at BioScientifica.
"KBART's practical guidelines were easy to implement, and fit with our aim
to provide best-of-breed support to all participants in the scholarly
information supply chain."

"We continue to invite all publishers and vendors to publicly endorse
KBART's recommendations," says Sarah Pearson, co-chair of the working group.
"They are simple to adopt, and with mounting awareness among librarians,
KBART endorsement is beginning to be a differentiator when making platform
and content decisions."

To learn about how your organization can endorse KBART, and for more
information on its Phase II activities, visit or

KBART (Knowledge Bases And Related Tools) was set up following the 2007
publication of the UKSG research report "Link Resolvers and the Serials
Supply Chain." Central to the efficient operation of the OpenURL is the
knowledge base, which consists of data supplied by content providers
including publishers. The report found that a lack of awareness of the
OpenURLs capabilities and requirements is impacting the quality and
timeliness of data provided to populate knowledge bases, and thus
undermining the potential of the sophisticated OpenURL technology. UKSG
partnered with NISO to commission the KBART Working Group to develop
guidelines for best practice and provide educational materials. The core
NISO/UKSG Working Group consists of representatives from libraries,
knowledge base developers, publishers, intermediaries and other content
providers, and is supported by a monitoring group of interested parties. Its
Phase I report, KBART: Knowledge Bases And Related Tools (NISO RP-9-2010),
and guidelines have been widely reviewed and tested by a wider group of
information supply chain stakeholders. For more information, visit or