TSO's OpenUp platform supports British Library Linked Open National Bibliography

Friday, 25 April 2014, 12:57.

The British National Bibliography (BNB) contains information on over 3 million books and journals published or distributed in the United Kingdom and Ireland since 1950 with over 90,000 new publications being added each year. It is one of the world’s longest running national bibliographic services and has been the standard library listing for UK titles for over 60 years.

As part of its open metadata strategy, the British Library wanted to increase free public access to BNB metadata in order to encourage innovation, assist collaboration and promote knowledge creation. So TSO set up the British Library’s Linked Data Portal through which information on authors, subjects, publication and other details can be searched. Users and developers are now able to download and reuse the BNB data in linked data format RDF, mashing it together with other open data sources to create innovative new research, publishing applications and visualisations.

The British Library chose TSO’s OpenUp® Linked Data platform which is also being used by major organisations including: The National Archives, The Office for National Statistics, The Environment Agency and major science publishers Nature Publishing Group and The Royal Society of Chemistry. This ‘turnkey’ solution for British Library staff  enable them to regularly supply updated RDF data for users to access via the SPARQL query protocol or a Linked Data API.

Neil Wilson, Head of Metadata Services at The British Library said: “We are delighted to be working with TSO to build the BNB into a key international resource for users of Linked Open Data. The British Library has a long history of using cutting edge technologies to improve access to both its catalogues and content and this development is very much in that tradition. The OpenUp®  platform provides an exciting new way for users and developers to exploit this valuable resource and gain a greater understanding of the UK’s rich publishing heritage."

You can read more about the project in this blog: http://data.gov.uk/blog/linked-open-british-national-bibliography