What happens in 2010
The main focus for BIBSYS in 2010 will be to continue the process of changing the BIBSYS Library System. The tender process, which begun in the autumn of 2009, will in the first six months of 2010 enter into final negotiations. Our aim is to be able to present the chosen supplier, conclude negotiations and have a tender agreement before summer.
Current work with BIBSYS ForskDok includes activities such as adapting ForskDok to the changes in routines of how to report data relating to scientific publications as well as adapting ForskDok to changes in ITAR (Import Service and Authority Register). In addition, BIBSYS also has tasks in connection with the establishment of The Norwegian Science Index (Norsk vitenskapsindeks). BIBSYS will continue to update the BIBSYS Brage system software with the most recently available version of DSpace, and adapt the user interface.
Other development activities in BIBSYS will as much as possible be related to projects that may be transferred to the new Library System. The new library system will be based on a standard system, but will have an open service-oriented architecture so that it can interact with the elements that BIBSYS must develop themselves to meet specific Norwegian requirements.
Development activities include:
- Virtual marketplace: Integration between the various institutions’ administrative systems for library purchases, supply and the BIBSYS Library System
- The national bibliographies: The National Library of Norway (NB) and BIBSYS collaborate on including The national bibliographies in the BIBSYS Library Database
- Harvesting the Library Database: At present, BIBSYS has an OAI server that offers bibliographic records. Our aim is not only to strengthen this service, but also to extend it by including authority records
- Harvesting the open research archives: Develop a solution to be able to harvest the research archives and enter data into the BIBSYS Library Database. The planned solution is to provide the BIBSYS Library Database with a harvester based on OAI-PMH
- The SRU Search Protocol: SRU (Search/Retrieval via URL) is also an important part of the service-oriented architecture of BIBSYS. At present we have a beta-version of this service working. This must be developed to maximum functionality and capacity
- Google: BIBSYS has good experience with delivering bibliographic data to Google. The next step will be to export data for holdings and subscription purposes
- Bokprosjektet (The Book Project): This project includes delivering bibliographic data from BIBSYS Library Database to use as authority data for Frida and ForskDok
In addition we will conduct short-term improvements on our products, enabling more efficient library services.
Participation in national and international cooperation will also be an area of priority for 2010. We had a successful BIBSYS User Meeting in Fredrikstad, in addition to preparing for the 72nd Norwegian Library Conference in Hamar, which we will be the co-organizer of, and which will include a full-day BIBSYS seminar. We will continue our involvement in a number of forums for collaboration: The Group of Library System Suppliers in Norway, Nora (Norwegian Open Research Archives), The Norwegian Committee on Cataloguing, The Norwegian Committee on Classification and Indexing, ELAG (European Library Automation Group), SVUC (Scandinavian Virtual Union Catalogue) and the Dspace User Group, to mention a few.
BIBSYS has state-of-the-art computers, and we will continue our strategic focus on IT-service and work towards maintaining a modern infrastructure. Please contact us to learn more about what we can offer in terms of computer operation, software and rental of file storage.