January 23, 2022

Metadata: NISO and UKSG Release Draft Revised Recommendations for Knowledge Bases and Related Tools (KBART)

From the National Information Standards Organization and UKSG:

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the UKSG announce the release of a draft for public comment of a revision to the Knowledge Bases and Related Tools (KBART) Recommended Practice.

Issued in 2010, the original recommended practice provided all parties in the information supply chain with straightforward guidance about metadata formatting to ensure the exchange of accurate metadata between content providers and knowledge base developers. Building on the initial recommendations, the draft revision focuses on the more granular, complex issues that cause problems in metadata supply, including consortia-specific metadata transfer, metadata transfer for open access publications, and metadata transfer for e-books and conference proceedings.

“Since the first Recommended Practice was issued, over 50 publishers and content providers have endorsed KBART and demonstrated their commitment to good quality metadata provision,” states Magaly Bascones, Data Manager at Jisc Collections and Co-chair of the KBART Working Group. “The endorsement process requires submission of a sample file and verification by the KBART Working Group. With this endorsement, users can be assured that the providers’ metadata is trusted and has the required level of granularity without the burdensome task of title-by-title checking.”

“Following the publication of the KBART Phase II Recommended Practice, the project will transfer to Standing Committee status within NISO,” states Nettie Lagace, NISO’s Associate Director for Programs. “This Committee will be responsible for managing the endorsement process, providing ongoing education and promotion of KBART, and maintaining the Information Hub.”

The KBART Phase II draft is open for public comment through October 4, 2013.

Direct to KBART Phase II Draft (79 pages; PDF)

Direct to KBART Workroom 
Additional materials and links including the KBART Registry 

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.