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First organisations endorse KBART recommendations

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The American Institute of Physics, Ex Libris, Serials Solutions and OCLC are the first organisations have endorsed the Phase I recommendations of the KBART (Knowledge Bases And Related Tools) Working Group.

KBART is a joint initiative between NISO and UKSG to explore data problems within the OpenURL supply chain. The Phase I Recommended Practice (NISO RP-9-2010) was published in January 2010. It contains practical recommendations for the timely exchange of accurate metadata between content providers and knowledge base developers. A number of other major organisations in the scholarly information supply chain are also working towards KBART endorsement. 

All content providers, from major databases to small publishers, are encouraged to submit a sample file to the KBART working group. Once the file’s format and content has been reviewed and approved, and the provider has made it publicly available (in line with the recommendations), the provider will be added to a public list of endorsing providers. Knowledge base developers can endorse the KBART Recommended Practice by confirming that their systems can process KBART-formatted files. In addition, a contacts registry is now available on the KBART Information Hub where content providers and knowledge base developers can register their organisation’s information for downloading holdings metadata.