[open-bibliography] Ex Libris forms expert group on open data in Alma

Adrian Pohl adrian.pohl at okfn.org
Thu Aug 11 19:43:32 UTC 2011

Carl Grant from Ex Libris has answered some questions I asked him
after the announcement of the expert group. I posted his response on
openbiblio.net and the OKFN blog, see e.g.


By now, he calls the group "Community Zone Advisory Group", the "open
data" part has disappeared. Nonetheless it seems as if Ex Libris
really takes an open approach for the new system, as the agreement for
the Alma community zone "replicates the key terms of the Creative
Commons PDDL license for customer-contributed records".

All the best

2011/6/23 Peter Murray-Rust <pm286 at cam.ac.uk>:
> On Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 3:27 PM, Karen Coyle <kcoyle at kcoyle.net> wrote:
>> Actually, I know very little about it myself at this point, but I will
>> provide info when I get it. My goal is to push toward openness of the data,
>> and I believe that is also the goal of Ex Libris. As a company, they cannot
>> do anything about "legal" openness, they can only enter into a contract with
>> their users about the data they manage. Making the bibliographic data in
>> their system open is undoubtedly related to a marketing advantage, but
>> having a major vendor take up the question, with openness as a goal, is a
>> good thing.
>> kc
> Just to be boringly clear.
> They may or may not make data more easily accessible and more widely
> distributed and this may be a good thing. It's the use of the term "Open
> Data" that is the point. "Open" has often been used as a marketing slogan,
> like "healthy" or "green". If this term is used, and if this is the goal of
> the advisory group then nothing less than full Open Data (OKD-compliant)
> including the format is acceptable. Adopting this stance at the beginning of
> the project could be useful - aiming for something less is no value for Open
> Data.
> P.
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