[openbiblio-dev] Open data and Research Libraries UK

Peter Murray-Rust pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Fri Aug 3 10:08:02 UTC 2012

On Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 10:43 AM, Owen Stephens <owen at ostephens.com> wrote:

> Hello all
> I've been commissioned by Research Libraries UK (RLUK) to look at the
> possibility of making RLUK data openly available, and the related issues
> and challenges. As part of this work it is important for us to understand
> who the audience for such open data might be, how they might use the data,
> and what licences, formats and mechanisms will best support this use. I
> hope you are able to help by completing the survey linked below.
Excellent. I assume you liaise with Mark MacGillivray on technical issues.

> To give a bit more detail on the data we are talking about. Research
> Libraries UK, through JISC and MIMAS, makes available a large database of
> bibliographic data. RLUK estimates that approximately 16 million
> bibliographic records in its database are free from restrictions in terms
> of redistribution and open licensing.

Technically this is manageable, I think.

> RLUK is committed to the principle of open bibliographic data, and is a
> signatory to the JISC Discovery Open Metadata Principles (
> http://discovery.ac.uk/businesscase/principles/). RLUK would therefore
> like to determine the most effective way of publishing the available
> records as open metadata, with an emphasis on enabling reuse.
> The survey should only take about 10 minutes to complete and is available
> at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5RH8KH8
> Thanks and best wishes
> Owen
> Owen Stephens
> Owen Stephens Consulting
> Web: http://www.ostephens.com
> Email: owen at ostephens.com
> Telephone: 0121 288 6936
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Peter Murray-Rust
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
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