[open-bibliography] Announcing the launch of new biab online service
i.holroyd at britac.ac.uk
Tue Oct 19 14:59:48 BST 2010
Announcing the launch of the NEW biab online service from the CBA!
biab online - the primary research resource for British & Irish archaeology - has now launched a fully upgraded service. The underlying datamodel has been redesigned to bring the dataset more in line with FRBR and developing online bibliographic standards such as RDA.
This free online service now contains c.200,000 records on a huge range of subjects from Palaeolithic DNA to post-medieval housing, and from sources as wide-ranging as published books, journals and post-graduate theses. Powerful new search and browse facilities mean that the dataset can be interrogated far more closely - plus users can now create their own accounts and store their searches and retrieved results, building a reference bibliography as their research takes shape. The launch of the new service also brings with it an astonishing c.60,000 new references with the addition of not only over 5,000 new publication references but also over 55,000 grey literature references from England's Archaeological Investigations Project (AIP), including technical reports deposited by archaeological contractors in Historic Environment Records.
A new and improved interface means that users can search for the references they need, in many cases read abstracts that summarize the content and, where the publication is available online, click through to the source.
biab online is an essential tool for anybody carrying out archaeological research from:
- undergraduate essays to postdoctoral work
- HERs to archaeological contractors
- television screenwriters to archaeological scientists
- national organizations to local societies
biab online is a free service provided by the Council for British Archaeology and funded by all major heritage agencies in Britain and Ireland.
We are looking to frame terms of reference for open data status given that we are an abstracts & indexing service - if anyone has any advice on this please email me direct or to the list. Also, we are looking as a matter of urgency to implement DOI resolver facilities in some form for our users - again all advice extremely welcome!
Isabel M Holroyd, BA (Hons), MIFA
Chief Bibliographer & Editor - biab online
The British Academy
10 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AH
iholroyd at biab.ac.uk
telephone: +44 (0)207 969 5223
fax (shared): +44 (0)207 969 5300
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