UK libraries want to make data-driven decisions about the management of their collections. They also want to ensure that researchers and learners have sustainable and convenient access to scholarly resources, particularly in digital formats.
Developed alongside OCLC, the national bibliographic knowledgebase will be a transformative new service that will aggregate bibliographic data at scale and link with a number of other data sources to help users to more effectively find, access and use print and digital scholarly resources. It will also greatly enhance the ability of libraries to more effectively manage and develop their collections.
Working at a much greater scale than existing services, it will draw on more diverse data sources, offer more functionality and provide greater flexibility for libraries and their users.
It will also support the sharing and re-use of contributed data, especially between UK libraries for the purposes of cataloguing. And support discovery though the systematic exposure of library data to global search engines and other high impact web-scale channels.