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Europeana and OCLC agree on approach for member libraries to contribute metadata to the portal.

4 September 2012

OCLC and Europeana, the provider of Europe's digital library, have worked together on an approach that will enable OCLC member institutions to contribute metadata derived from OCLC's WorldCat database to the portal in a manner that is consistent with OCLC's WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities for the OCLC Cooperative. Read the full news release.

OCLC provides downloadable linked data file for the 1 million most widely held works in WorldCat.

14 August 2012

OCLC has published bibliographic linked data for the most widely held works in WorldCat. This downloadable file—representing nearly 1.2 million resources—contains approximately 80 million linked data “triples,” the term for the most granular relationship possible between discrete pieces of information. Read full news release.

Presentations from OCLC Linked Data round table available.

14 August 2012

OCLC hosted a round table on Linked Data on the IFLA Congress premises on Monday 13th of August 2012. The round table was moderated by Richard Wallis from OCLC, and also included Neil Wilson from The British Library, Emmanuelle Bermès from Centre Pompidou, and Martin Malmsten form the Royal Library of Sweden.

OCLC recommends Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-BY) for WorldCat data.

6 August 2012

OCLC is recommending the Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-BY) for member institutions that would like to release their library catalog data on the Web. This open data license provides the means for users to share WorldCat-derived data in a manner that is consistent with the cooperative’s community norms defined in the “WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities.”  Data can be freely shared subject only to attribution and OCLC's request that those making use of WorldCat derived data conform to the community norms. Read the full news release.

OCLC adds Linked Data to

20 June 2012

OCLC is taking the first step toward adding linked data to WorldCat by appending descriptive mark-up to pages. now offers the largest set of linked bibliographic data on the Web. With the addition of mark-up to all book, journal and other bibliographic resources in, the entire publicly available version of WorldCat is now available for use by intelligent Web crawlers, like Google and Bing, that can make use of this metadata in search indexes and other applications. Read the full news release.

Linked Data for Libraries

A short introduction to the concepts and technology behind linked data, how it works, and some benefits it brings to libraries.