Data Licensing Survey

Consultation on National Bibliographic Metadata Agreements

Building on the recommendations of the Remodelling the Library Data Marketplace consultancy work, Jisc has been in preliminary discussions with two key library data suppliers to explore whether it might be possible to reach national agreements for the supply, use and re-use of bibliographic metadata.

We have reached the point in our discussions with OCLC and BDS where outline costed proposals need to be evaluated by libraries and input is required to guide next steps. We have drawn up a questionnaire and will be inviting libraries to coordinate a single institutional response via an online link that will be distributed via email. The consultation launches on 12th April and will close on 7th May. If anyone is unsure whether their organisation has received access to the questionnaire and the supporting documentation, please write to

The goal is to gauge whether institutions are willing to shift towards a centralised payment model for bibliographic metadata that would enable more open data-sharing and help to streamline and transform the library data ecosystem.

More links and contact details are available here.



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By Neil Grindley

Director of Content & Discovery Services at Jisc. With oversight of Jisc's library and archival discovery services and content solutions for HE and FE.

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