- 01. Publish data for unspecified use
- 02. Publish open Linked Data for unspecified use
- 03. Supply data for Physical Union Catalogue
- 04. Allow Physical Union Catalogue to publish data
- 05. Expose data for federation into Virtual Union Catalogue
- 06. Publish grey literature data
- 07. Contribute data to Google Scholar
- 08. Publish activity data
- 09. Supply holdings data for Collection Management
- 10. Expose holdings / availability data for Closest Copy location
- 11. Share data for Collaborative Cataloguing
- 12. Supply data for Crowd Sourced Cataloguing
- 13. Supply data to be enhanced for own use
- 14. Publish data for LIS research
- 15. Allow personal use of data for Reference Management
- 16. Publish data for lightweight application development
- 17. Allow commercial use of data in mobile application
15. Allow personal use of data for Reference Management
The supply of bibliographic data under an open license to be used by library members (and other users) in reference management software.
Activity - The supply of bibliographic data to be used by library members (and other users) in reference management software (e.g. using Zotero or EndNote).
Actors - Libraries; Suppliers of bibliographic data to libraries; Library members/users.
Data involved - Bibliographic records.
Data flow - Bibliographic data are made available either through standard interfaces or as downloadable files of selected records in appropriate formats.
Does this require Open Data - Data made available by the library for these purposes needs to be open to the extent that a third-party can take, store and reuse the data.
Consequences of doing it as Open Data
What will happen? - Members of the library, and other users of the library catalogue, will be able to download records into personal reference management software, and other software that can make use of structured bibliographic data.
Rights and Licensing Issues
Rights and licensing issues - The JISC Legal resource “Transfer and Use of Bibliographic Records” (http://www.jisclegal.ac.uk/Projects/ TransferandUseofBibliographicRecords.aspx) differentiates between ‘Make available’ and ‘Use’. If records are provided to users who are not library members, this is seen as a ‘Make available’ activity, with associated issues outlined by the guide. Agreements with suppliers of bibliographic data to the library should be checked to ensure they allow this use, and under what restrictions. For the library associating rights and licenses with the records being downloaded by individuals, clearly any licenses should allow reuse in a wide variety of contexts, which must include some level of re-publication of the information contained in the records to allow use of the resulting references and citations in published work.
Data exchange formatting - Reference management software is generally capable of importing bibliographic data in a variety of formats, including both open and proprietary standards. Common formats for downloading records and importing into Reference management software include MARC, RIS (http://www.refman.com/support/risformat_intro.asp) and BiBTeX (http://www.bibtex.org/). Some Reference Management software packages also support searching catalogues using the Z39.50 protocol and saving records directly.
Lifecycle implications - None
Hosting requirements - None
Existing systems impact - In the unlikely event of the existing system not supporting appropriate download formats for end users, this would need to be added. However, it may be that formats need amending to work with specific packages, or new formats may need adding to support specific packages. Again Z39.50 is widely supported in Library management systems, although some configuration may be required.
Skills demands - Configuration of the library system to offer appropriate download and/or Z39.50 access should fall within the capabilities of a systems librarian.