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OCLC and Library of Congress linked data initiatives compared and contrasted in new white paper

OCLC and the Library of Congress have jointly released a white paper that compares and contrasts the compatible linked data initiatives at both institutions. The paper, "Common Ground: Exploring Compatibilities between the Linked Data Models of the Library of Congress and OCLC," is an executive summary of a more detailed technical analysis that will be published later this year.

The white paper summarizes the recent activity of the Bibliographic Framework Initiative at the Library of Congress which proposes a data model for future data interchange in the linked data environment that takes into account interactions with search engines and current developments in bibliographic description.

This summary also provides an overview of OCLC's efforts to refine the technical infrastructure and data architecture for at-scale publication of linked data for library resources in the broader Web. In addition, it investigates the promise of Schema.org as a common ground between the language of the information-seeking public and professional stewards of bibliographic description.

Access the white paper at: oc.lc/CommonGround.