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*NISO Releases Draft KBART Automation Recommended Practice for Public

Baltimore, MD - November 2, 2018 - The National Information Standards
Organization (NISO) seeks comments on a new draft Recommended Practice, *KBART
Automation: Automated Retrieval of Customer Electronic Holdings
<> is an
enhancement to KBART, Knowledge Bases and Related Tools
<>, the NISO initiative
which provides a format for content providers to use to transfer journal
and book metadata to link resolver knowledge bases and other library
software. This new draft recommended practice provides instructions to
support automated feeds customized to include the holdings available at a
particular institution, making it much easier for libraries to know their
knowledge bases are up to date with their current subscriptions.

"The purpose of the KBART Automation initiative is to facilitate the
retrieval of KBART Holdings Reports, which are customized files
representing an institution’s holdings at a given time, typically
maintained by the content provider in any case," notes Oliver Pesch, Chief
Product Strategist at EBSCO Information Services and co-chair of the KBART
Automation Working Group. “Besides providing focus on specific KBART fields
to be transmitted automatically, the draft Recommended Practice describes
elements of an Application Programming Interface (API) the content provider
would support to enable interaction with the knowledge base provider."

“KBART Automation will benefit many parties, certainly including libraries,
by reducing their workload to keep their data updated. We also expect it
will help content providers, who will see that more timely and accurate
activation of their content will result in increased usage,” adds Stephanie
Doellinger, Knowledge base Data Ingest Section Manager at OCLC, the other
co-chair of the KBART Automation Working Group. “Working group members are
looking forward to receiving comments from the NISO community on this draft
document, which will enable us to be sure it will be complete for
publication early next year, as well as provide us with further input for
future phases of this work.”

"KBART has been one of the more successful NISO initiatives in recent
years," comments Nettie Lagace, NISO Associate Director for Programs. "We
are pleased that the NISO community members have stepped forward to
collaborate on this enhancement. The NISO KBART Standing Committee will be
considering the input from the KBART Automation Working Group, among other
information, as it moves forward to keep KBART up-to-date. In the meantime
the KBART Automation Recommended Practice will be published separately,
after the Working Group addresses the comments received.”

*The NISO KBART Automation: Automated Retrieval of Customer Electronic
Holdings Recommended Practice is available for public comment from November
2 to December 3, 2018. *To download the draft document or submit comments,
visit the NISO project page at All input
is welcome.

*About NISO*

NISO, based in Baltimore, Maryland, fosters the development and maintenance
of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and
effective interchange of information so that it can be trusted for use in
research and learning. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages libraries,
publishers, information aggregators, and other organizations that support
learning, research, and scholarship through the creation, organization,
management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting
communities of interest and across the entire lifecycle of information
standards. NISO is a not-for-profit association accredited by the American
National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, visit the NISO

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