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WorldCat Works Descriptions Are Now Available as Linked Data

OCLC took its next step in working with linked data by announcing the production release of WorldCat Works, the first in a series of WorldCat linked data releases.

OCLC staff members created authoritative descriptions for 197 million WorldCat bibliographic records that brought together multiple manifestations of a work under one entity that includes author, title, subjects, and other descriptors, as well as links to record-level descriptions already shared in WorldCat linked data. This project helps library collections become more discoverable through a variety of websites and web services such as Google, Wikipedia, and social networks.

“Bibliographic data stored in traditional record formats has reached its limits of efficiency and utility,” says Richard Wallis, OCLC technology evangelist. “New technologies, influenced by the Web, now enable us to move toward managing WorldCat data as entities—such as ‘Works,’ ‘People,’ ‘Places’ and more—as part of the global Web of data.”

Source: OCLC

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