[open-bibliography] Ex Libris forms expert group on open data in Alma
Anders.Soderback at sub.su.se
Wed Jun 22 12:37:50 BST 2011
I *guess* the reason ExLibris has formed this group is because the issue might be a bit vague and confusing to them as well. ExLibris highest priority is to be able to sell Alma, not to promote openness, which means that they will need to look at the issue from many different angles. Obviously they need to look at the possibilities for handling different licenses within the Alma Community zone. There will be lots of OCLC libraries in Alma, and not allowing WorldCat data in there would be a bad business strategy for ExLibris.
I don't think the Alma Community zone will revolutionize the bibliographic ecosystem. What is interesting about it is that it is an obvious competitor to WorldCat, and as such it might raise a lot of interesting questions regarding different practices around licensing etc.
ExLibris are not against open bibliographic data, but their main priority is to be able to sell their new system. Which is fine by me. It is we, libraries and others, that need to tell our vendors that open means open. Hopefully a vendor such as ExLibris (or anyone else) will use (true) openness to gain competitive advantage.
Open bibliographic data will lower the total global cost of cataloguing, but this also, however, implies lower profit margins for vendors.
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Datum: Wed, 22 Jun 2011 13:28:30 +0200
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On Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 11:39 AM, Adrian Pohl <adrian.pohl at okfn.org<mailto:adrian.pohl at okfn.org>> wrote:
Ex Libris has formed an "Expert Advisory Group for Open Data in the
Alma Library Management Service", see http://bit.ly/jfPKDj
Karen, can you provide some more information about this? It doesn't
seem to be focused on legal openness. Also I find this document quite
inconsistent. A phrase like the Alma Community zone being "a catalog
of bibliographic records shared by all libraries that are using the
Alma library management service" does sound more like an exclusive
club than an open database to me. Alongside Karen's quote this is a
The word "Open" is often used in ways that are inconsistent with the OKD. I remember a vendor presenting their "Open API" at a JISC meeting. I questioned them and it appeared that the "Open API" was:
* confidential information
* could not be disclosed by purchasers
The best synonym I came up with was "confidential documentation for our software"
"Open" may simply mean that there is a consortium involved.
This is why the OKD is so important. Without its simple precision we flounder in meaningless dialogue.
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University of Cambridge
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