SUNCAT: resource discovery and making contributed data open

The Discovery programme takes forward the Vision of the earlier JISC and RLUK Resource
Discovery Taskforce
(RDTF) which has been working with partners from the
libraries, archives and museums since 2010. EDINA, as a JISC designated
National Data Centre, has significant existing operating capacity and
experience in delivering key aspects of the Digital Infrastructure, including
shared services, which provide cost-effective delivery of national services to
a broad UK HE/FE constituency.   EDINA
fully supports the Resource Discovery Task Force vision and is a signatory to
the Discovery Open
Metadata Principles
.  SUNCAT is a key
part of the UK Digital Infrastructure and has been involved in initiatives
under the Discovery banner

SUNCAT: exploring open
ran from February 2011 to July 2011.  This project sought to determine
what must be done to extend access to the catalogue, including holdings’
information, and explored what may be done within the project timescales. It
looked at:

  • exploration
    of licensing issues
  • establishing
    or validating existing use cases
  • mechanisms
    for providing open access
A XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language
Transformation) was developed and the code is
This work included developing a
mapping of holdings’ information and
this document
describes the work which was carried out. 
funding was supplied for a follow up project entitled, DiscoverEDINA,
to run from 1st December 2011 to 31st July 2012 .  One of the three components of this project
is further enhancement of the SUNCAT work carried out in the first project. 
An overview
of the licensing issues is provided in the DiscoverEDINA Blog and can
be updated with the information that a licence has just been signed by Glasgow
University.  Work is currently underway
to transform the data for the libraries which have signed the licence using the
XSLT transformation developed in the SUNCAT:
exploring open metadata

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