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New from BookNet Canada: BNC BiblioShare – Tech Forum 2019


While we're all here soaking in all of this great information, our BiblioShare platform is working away diligently without rest I've been elected by BiblioShare to come here today and speak to you about what it does

My name is Tim Middleton, and I'm one of the on-call babysitters of BiblioShare So let's get to it The heart of BiblioShare is about ingesting ONIX metadata Yes, we do give back quality reports to the providers of the data and yes, we do let them see the history of files being sent, let them search their products in BiblioShare, merge their publishers' records with their suppliers' records when and where it's possible, we can lock their data, exclude their data, and a few other things But at the heart of BiblioShare is ingestion

In 2018, BiblioShare received, on average, each day, 3,014 new records Also, it received 103,232 updated records which is up slightly compared to 2017, where we saw, on average, 1,836 new records added each day and 101,000 updated each day Because every day is different, not to mention every year, and because our recruitment efforts are ongoing, in fact, we've been putting quite a bit of effort into going after more international data in the past year, I wanted you to see what the year-to-date looked like in comparison to 2018 So in 2018, from January to March, we ingested an average of 1,334 new records and an average of 111,000 updated records In 2019, from January to March, we have ingested an average of 1,611 new records, a 17% increase over 2018, and an average of 139,650 updated records or a 20% increase over 2018

Looking deeper into the heart of BiblioShare, BiblioShare currently holds in storage 3 million ONIX 21 records That means, on average, if my math is right, but please don't check it, we're seeing 45% of records getting updated daily The dataset is currently growing at a rate of approximately 0

5% daily with new records Of course, this is a forecast It's only a forecast We have no idea how many new accounts we'll get in 2019 or how big those accounts will be And as many of you know, there's a new version of ONIX out there which we're also ingesting

We have a whopping 268,232 records in 30 data most of which are coming from Canadian-owned publishers But BiblioShare is not so much one heart as it is many hearts beating together The graphs I showed earlier represent only 21 ONIX data coming in, merely only one ventricle of the many hearts

BiblioShare also accepts all sorts of images including over 2 million cover images, 170,000 interiors, and over 4,000 author images We're also still trying to ramp up on samples, as Carol mentioned earlier We are accepting PDF and e-pubs We definitely have ways to go here, but there are more and more cases emerging that require this data And so if you have it, please send it

BiblioShare's heart of hearts is really very Canadian We're driven to help the discovery of Canadian content And looking into the heart of BiblioShare with our Canadian flag glasses on, we see publishers who have added CA when the author is Canadian to the contributor field That's so helpful when we're asked about Canadian content We can and have created files that are used to populate sites that are only looking for Canadian titles and we can add things that our lovely Canadians, like our lovely Canadian flag and products that we create

We can see how, in our ONIX 30 dataset, there's an obvious slant toward Canadian publishers, with 617% of the total showing Canadian contributors I think most Canadian author titles are coming from Canadian-owned publishers, at least I assume that But is it enough? Canada is a big place

Not every author identifies as Canadian So we can look into other places to uncover Canada Thema Thema is an international classification system, I think Tom will speak more on, that's used mainly outside of North America which uses the BISAC classification system Thema is meant to help reduce a need to map multiple national and specialist schemes to one another when trading with international partners

Thema is not meant to replace BISAC right away, but eventually, perhaps If you want to convert your BISACs to Thema, we have you covered Our BISAC to Thema converter which was fairly well used in 2018 by 180 unique users with 3,244 conversions We took a look at the population of Thema in BiblioShare and found that the top 10 Thema codes represented almost 23% of all records with Thema in the main subject field in ONIX The ranking is backwards here

At the bottom is number one and it appears that the Christians are on a crusade to use Thema Thema with Christian life and practices is coming in first and then Christianity in second When we checked in on additional subjects, the top Thema here represented 126% of all records with the Thema subject This time, Christianity is way back in eighth place, while children's, teenage fiction, general fiction snuck ahead of political science and theory for first place

The book with most Thema subjects in BiblioShare is this French title by the publishing company, Peter Lang AG Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, which is not a very French name, being submitted to BiblioShare by their Canadian distributor, UTP That's a lot of different areas that one might consider shelving this book in their store, but if the Thema fits, apply it And I'm not sure if that's actually a best practice, but it sounds good Code value 94 in Thema is a geographical qualifier So this is where we can start to uncover more Canadian content

So again, we looked at the top 10 geographical qualifiers populating the main subject, not likely a good spot for it, but I digress The top 10 represents 69% of all Thema geotags in the main subject That basically means not a lot of providers are placing this qualifier in the main subject Looking at the additional subjects, still a pretty high percentage is represented by these top 10, 5337%

But look, Canada is in second place That's like a silver medal in some situations Another classification system that is still relevant for discovering Canada are the BISAC regional codes A regional theme is intended to refer to the books content and should be used to highlight a book for appropriate sales representatives, regional purchase by booksellers and chain buyers, cataloguing considerations and regional librarians, regional promotions and media, but you likely already knew that I hope this data gives you a little bit of an idea about how Canada is represented in BiblioShare

But what if you don't have ONIX data and you want to have it so you can add to Canada? BiblioShare Webform BiblioShare Webform is for small presses, unconventional publishers, museums, universities, self-published authors, in short, anyone who wants to provide clean accurate metadata about their books to the supply chain through BiblioShare but doesn't have the resources to create complex ONIX files from scratch Currently, in Webform, we have 50 accounts, for a total of 2,767 titles titles in BiblioShare So you can see, it's really small and self-published authors that might be using Webform I say in BiblioShare, but the truth is, just because you use Webform to create your ONIX doesn't mean you have to load it to BiblioShare

Why you wouldn't, I don't know But the point is, you don't have to Only if you want your titles added to CataList catalogues, or picked up by 49th Shelf, or discoverable by bloggers, retailers, and more do you need it But, hey, that's up to you In 2018, we've made a few tweaks for Thema support

Automatically create your Thema subject from your main BISAC subject, so sort of like a built-in BISAC to Thema converter, ability to add more than one subject This was previously limited to one main subject Added support for country of manufacture, very important You can ask Tom Richardson later In ingestion, if ingestion is the heart of BiblioShare, remember that metaphor, then certainly the mind of BiblioShare is thinking about the possibilities of all that data

That is when we start to look at where all the data is going We have web services that provide a complete ONIX record, an ONIX Lite record called BiblioSimple image service, and we also have created a MARC record output that maps an ONIX record to MARC so libraries can have a stub record to start to build their full MARC record In 2018, we had over 64 million requests for data in BiblioShare There were over 7 million BiblioSimple requests and 65 million full ONIX requests, not too shabby

We had users make 39 full image requests, 3 million thumbnail requests, and almost 43 million requests which were just asking about images Like do we have them, when were they updated last, what's their format, perspective, dimensions, all good questions to ask before just taking And even our beta release calendar has seen a lot of action with close to 70,000 requests coming in All of that data can help to solve critical conditions for other users as well, and we've discovered over the years, not everyone wants the same output

A lot of organisations out there don't want ONIX but they do want what is in ONIX This year, we created solutions for sales agencies, vendor management companies, non-traditional and traditional retailers, library wholesalers, and publishers And let's not forget the consumer, the blogger, the reviewers, the media, and more The world knows nothing of ONIX And so the brain of BiblioShare is able to provide solutions for all of those, which brings me to one final story that I would like to share

It's all about supporting legacy It's hard to believe that WordPress is considered old now, but in the ancient digital past with long gone staff and fresh ambitions, we built a plugin that hooked into BiblioShare This used our BiblioSimple web service and had some good uptake After years of just working with minor tweaks here and there, we started to notice things were not just working anymore, not to mention WordPress announced Gutenberg would be the new default editor for WordPress We had to shift some time and resources over to looking into WordPress which is, on part, revving up an old engine after it sat for a couple of years

We fixed some PHP errors, but that wasn't enough The plug-in didn't work in the Gutenberg editor People had to flip to classic, and that was a hassle Most modern themes don't use classic mode If there's a problem with the plug-in and theme developers see a plug-in hasn't been worked on for a bit, right away, the plug-in gets blamed, and that's right

That's a good thing to do, but it's frustrating We had to make decisions Do we build support for the block editor or do we just end up cutting out WordPress out of our stable altogether? We decided, we would try to look at fixing it We tried an experiment on Upwork Our resources were focused more on our core projects

And the potential here was so exciting We could just post on Upwork and get quotes for the job, and done It was a good experience, but we didn't find the developer we were looking for there, but we did find a WordPress development services house through another channel Our experience with this company was excellent and, for us, a great example of how the development world has changed lockstep with the shared economy The final point is that we got what we wanted in lightning speed

Cost was reasonable, and now we can just let the plug-in work for another seven years So, in wrapping up this year in BiblioShare, even though there is so much more to tell, I hope you understand that we wouldn't be anywhere if we didn't have a bunch of people at BookNet and in the industry who are interested in the intricacies of metadata We are a tribe I include myself in there because I'm a project manager on the BiblioShare team I get to dip in and out of metadata and admire its possibilities

I get to see it going through from the beginning to the end, and I get to see the making of a sausage And, of course, along with the tribe interest in metadata is a tribe's guru, and in our case, that is our bibliographic standards manager, Tom Richardson Tom, in his natural habitat, is a mild-mannered ONIX expert This has made Tom, over the years, a much sought-after resource for helping publishers get their act together And as much as he hates BiblioShare, he also loves BiblioShare

Next, we wouldn't get far without programmers who've earned their stripes in ONIX land by supporting numerous BookNet platforms with ONIX data This is Tom Gerrard, our calm, calm hand on the BiblioShare dev wheel Our director of product development keeps us honest She asks questions She dreams of integrations and making things easier, audible, traceable

Without her, things fall into the crapper And our director of product development, Jackie Fry, is all that and more There's also a host of other people at BookNet who have a passion for geeky things like the keywords for Canada, romantic love, or the best way to tell a machine where you're from, about the region you live in, and more This is the team, the soul of BiblioShare If you see them here today, give them a thanks for their geekiness

Likely, you won't recognise them though because they're in their secret identities of book-loving nerds just like you Thank you

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