Tuesday, August 23, 2016

University of Alberta Libraries Announces Availability of Subscription Expenditures Data

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The University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) is pleased to announce the availability of its subscription expenditures data 2014-2016 via UAL’s Dataverse Network.  The release of this data furthers UAL’s commitment to its core principles of accountability, openness and transparency and aligns with key objectives in the University of Alberta’s Institutional Strategic Plan related to transparency, the timely communication of information, and access to shared, reliable institutional data. 

Kathleen De Long, Acting Vice-Provost, Learning Services and Chief Librarian, commented, “The Libraries supports the freedom of inquiry of our patrons and is dedicated to providing our community with access to information. We are keen to contribute to our community, and the broader open data movement, by allowing all citizens to access, share and reuse data that we produce.”
“While we can’t anticipate how people will make use of this open data set, we are excited to provide access to it in support of continued creativity and innovation within our community,” commented Denise Koufogiannakis, Associate University Librarian for Collection Strategies, Bibliographic Services, and Access Services.

This data set is just one of many currently accessible via the UAL open data web site, which includes APIs for a wide range of scholarly resources and UAL bibliographic data, open source code for various UAL development projects, metadata records for select collections, and UAL library statistics and survey data.

Please contact the Collection Strategies Unit at csu@ualberta.ca for questions or feedback about this data. 

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