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Welcome to Knowledge Base+

KB+ is a new service from Jisc Collections to provide a shared academic knowledge base for the UK academic community.  It was originally funded through HEFCE's Universities Modernisation Fund in response to studies by Jisc and SCONUL that found significant demand from library directors for shared services in the areas of library management systems, e-resource management and licensing. KB+ captures and represents information that institutions need to manage their subscribed resources, for example the details of titles in publisher packages, e-resource licences and institutional entitlement and holding information.  It seeks to provide a one-stop shop for the management of this information for and by UK institutions but also making sure that this information is widely available throughout the supply chain to any other systems, vendors and services that require it. 

KB+ is available free of charge to all UK academic institutions at www.kbplus.ac.uk.

KB+ is now in its third phase of development.

Deliverables

  1. A centrally maintained and managed knowledge base where Jisc Collections collates, verifies and updates knowledge base data.
  2. Verified, accurate and up-to-date publication information for NESLi2, SHEDL, WHEEL and a growing number of non-Jisc packages made available under an open licence for third parties to use in their systems - currently Ex Libris, Serials Solutions, OCLC and EBSCO all use KB+ data in their systems. For a full list of the packages available from KB+ please visit the public exports page.
  3. Subscription information – issue entitlements and coverage, renewal comparison tools, usage statistics from JUSP, exports formatted for use with link resolvers. Jisc Collections offers support for the inclusion of all subscription information
  4. Licence information covering key values such as walk-in users, concurrent access, PCA and more. Institutions can create their own and make use of templates created by Jisc Collections.
  5. Communications and Collaboration support - To Do lists, annoucements regarding additions  and changes to data in the system, discussion spaces and the ability to add notes and documents to subscriptions and licences.

Project Governance

Jisc has appointed a project board chaired by Dr Richard Parsons, from the University of Dundee and including representatives from EDINA, Jisc, Jisc Collections, MIMAS and SCONUL, to oversee the project and ensure that it meets its objectives.

The project board is supported by two advisory groups:

Community Advisory Group, chaired by Nicholas Lewis of UEA, providing input from the library community on priorities, communications and business models.

Technical Advisory Group, chaired by Mark Toole of the University of Stirling, providing input on the technical development plan, standards adoption etc.

KB+ Team

KB+ is being taken forward by the following:

JISC Collections

  • Liam Earney, Project Director and lead for the project overall.
  • Magaly Bascones, Data Manager
  • Damyanti Patel, Data Manager
  • Christina Ley, Data Manager

Sero Consulting

  • David Kay, Technical Lead Team Manager and Data Architect
  • Owen Stephens, Technical Authority and User Functionality Lead
  • Helen Harrop, Testing Lead

EDINA

Software deployment and hosting

MIMAS

Support for the integration of JUSP data

Knowledge Base+ Blog and Mailing List

An informal blog relating to the project at http://knowledgebaseplus.wordpress.com/ where members of the project team and advisory boards will post on matters of interest.

KBPLUS-UPDATES mailing list (KB+ Updates and Information) to subscribe please go to JISCMail