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OCLC Promotes Linked Data

Andrew K. Pace, executive director of technical research for OCLC, writes, “I’m naturally skeptical when libraries try to apply new technologies to long-solved problems, but I am now thoroughly convinced that the library needs linked data platforms. It’s one of our last chances to embark on innovations that we’ve known for a long time are not possible with the increasingly arcane and anachronistic MARC record.” He explores what doing linked data cataloging could mean for catalogers, special collections staffers, library administrators, and end users.

OCLC has a lot of “skin in this game,” he notes. “In January 2018, OCLC created a linked data Wikibase prototype, built to view, edit, and create linked data descriptions and relationships, and to reconcile data between legacy bibliographic information and linked data entities. … In a parallel effort, OCLC released its first production linked data service when CONTENTdm integrated the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) into its discovery service.”

OCLC Research plans to publish “reports on the realistic promise of linked data in libraries,” including a linked data survey and a look at the linked data landscape in the U.S. and Europe.

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