New BiblioBoard Partnership Will Expand Access and Provide More Usage Data to Knowledge Unlatched’s Open Access Content
The following partnership announcement was made today.
Knowledge Unlatched (KU) and BiblioLabs, the software company that has built BiblioBoard, are partnering to improve mobile and browser-based access to a growing library of KU content.
The project will also measure the wider impact and usage of OA materials by cross-promoting KU titles and leveraging BiblioLabs’ robust usage tracking infrastructure that captures key data points without compromising the anonymity of readers.
While KU will continue to host its titles on the OAPEN and HathiTrust platforms, it will expand the hosting of the entire collection to a KU Cloud Library built on the BiblioBoard technology.
Anyone in the world will have access to the collections on the BiblioBoard platform, which is integrated with a robust Tableau-based data warehouse to measure high-level and more granular impacts around the world.
“The broad use of content is at the core of Open Access, and it is very important to Knowledge Unlatched,” says Dr. Sven Fund, Managing Director of KU. “We are excited to partner with BiblioLabs to be able to move beyond offering just PDF downloads to delivering a modern reading and interactive user experience to users of KU e-books.”
“We’re delighted to partner with Knowledge Unlatched to make these high-quality titles available in a global user experience that is fully mobile and built for the modern student and researcher,” added Mitchell Davis, CEO at BiblioBoard. “In addition to making these works open to the world on our public access platform, we are also integrating them into the digital collections of several state libraries and hundreds of public libraries, ensuring democratized and widespread access to this important and growing collection. Teachers will able to quickly create course curriculum, and students will have single source access with tools such as notes, bookmarks, citations and an offline bookshelf.”
Continued study of usage and impact will be under the auspices of KU Research led by Associate Professor Lucy Montgomery of Curtin University, Australia.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.