OCLC Research is a busy place and from time to time we retire our projects and activities. This page lists activities that are no longer so active, just in case you want to dig into the past a little bit.
Python scripts that demonstrate how short compliant Open Archives Initiative-Protocol for Metadata Harvesting can be. Includes a harvester, a repository, and a readme file.
Data mining of the one million MARC records for archival materials in WorldCat will provide a systemwide overview of descriptive practice and enable recommendations for more effective description and discovery.
Collect query logs, Web logs, and various web analytics; evaluate their usefulness for research about how researchers use archival cross-searching networks and other tools that archives use to publish their finding aids.
A document-sharing site that provides a single, secure location where lending libraries can place requested PDF and TIFF articles and library users can retrieve articles or book chapters obtained for them via interlibrary loan. Article Exchange adds convenience, security and enhanced copyright compliance to online article sharing through interlibrary loan.
This research project explored using library holdings data in WorldCat to calculate audience-level indicators for books represented in the WorldCat database, based on the types of libraries that hold the titles.
Identification of barriers to implementing Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and practical suggestions for getting around those obstacles.
Got a book title from an online bookseller? Check whether your local library has it.
This data mining project sought patterns in the worldwide book publishing industry, as reflective of different cultures’ literary heritage. It stemmed from UNESCO interest in statistical traces of cultural diversity.
This work sought to establish best practice for the disposition of print journals available in electronic form – i.e. when it is most appropriate to retain print back files on campus, when to store offsite, and when to deaccession entirely.
This activity looked at existing archival collections assessment activities across institutions, put them into context, and described the range of deliverables from these activities.
The DeweyBrowser was a prototype system for searching and browsing millions of WorldCat® records classified by the Dewey Decimal Classification® (DDC®) system.
This activity conducted research to provide evidence to inform more efficient and effective MARC metadata practices.
Develop use case scenarios for academic libraries and scholars, archivists and archival users, and institutional repositories describing their needs to uniquely identify and distinguish persons and organizations, then define the characteristics, functions, and data attributes of a cooperative "Identities Hub."
Facilitate refinement, publication and dissemination of EAC.
This project attempts to mitigate the risk aversion that is related to rights management and special collections, often interfering with our mission of providing access to those collections.
An investigation into the incentives and strategies for deep and transformative collaboration among libraries, archives and museums (or LAMs).
In order to centralize information about stolen and missing rare books and special collections, this working group developed a procedure to “tag” records in WorldCat.org. The tagged records are then automatically fed to a blog, missingmaterials.org. Simultaneously, holdings are set in WorldCat, in order to alert prospective buyers and sellers.
This project created tools supporting standards-based data sharing in the museum community, and provided insights into the characteristics of large aggregations of museum descriptions.
OAIHarvester was an early attempt to write an OAI-PMH client application. It was replaced by the OAIHarvester2 project.
The OAIHarvester2 Open Source Software (OSS) project is a Java application that provides an OAI-PMH harvester framework.
OOMRef-J is a Java implementation of ANSI/NISO Z39.88 – The OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services.
The ANSI/NISO Z39.88-2004 (OpenURL) Registry identifies and defines the set of approved components for use in the OpenURL Framework.
An experimental service to provide authority control for publisher names in bibliographic catalogs.
An investigation into the digital capture methods of those who are making progress digitizing special formats at scale.
This project involves issuing a provocative call to action, urging academic libraries to take a more significant role in their institution's mission to support research.
A project to create guidelines for the implementation of single search for local aggregations of LAM collections.
This working group addressed workflow and policy issues arising from digitizing (and copying) materials from special collections.
A study of the role of research libraries in the higher education research assessment regimes in five countries.
Create, print and save custom Tag Clouds for Web pages or other textual data.
The NDLTD Union Catalog project focused on thesis metadata via the Open Archives Initiative's Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). This was a lightweight protocol for moving or sharing metadata that allowed synchronization of loosely coupled databases and mandates XML Dublin Core as the default metadata format.
VIAF explores virtually combining the name authority files of national level authority files into a single name authority service.
A cloud-based Library System for small libraries that includes Circulation, Cataloging, Online Patron Access Catalog (OPAC), and the Library Web Site.
This activity produced a data visualization prototype that presented a graphical and interactive interface to three OCLC Research projects: OCLC WorldMap, OCLC Audience Level, and the Publisher Name Authority File.
View data relating to libraries and collections in a map-based visual interface.
From Previous OCLC Research Projects
- Automatic Classification Research
- Centroids-based Collection Analysis
- COLIS (a Metadata Switch project)
- Comparative Collection Assessment (a Data Mining-related project)
- Cooperative Online Resource Catalog (CORC)
- CORE Electronic Library Project
- Curiouser (a FRBR-related project)
- Data Mining research area
- DSpace Harvesting (a OAI-related project)
- Dublin Core Metadata Initiative
- DCMI Registry
- Economics of Digital Preservation
- Extensible Repository Resource Locators (ERRoLs) for OAI Identifiers
- FAST as a Knowledge Base for Automatic Classification
- FRBR research area
- Grammar Builder
- Harvesting Metadata via the Web (a Metadata Switch project)
- IMS Support
- Information Visualization
- LC Name Authority Service
- Metadata Crosswalk Repository
- Metadata Switch
- OCLC Top 1000
- Open Archives Initiative research area
- RDF Interoperability
- RDF Topicmaps
- Reference in Context
- Recombinant Catalog Metadata (a Metadata Switch project)
- Sense-making the Information Confluence
- Special Collections
- Terminology Services (a Metadata Switch project)
- W3C's Resource Description Framework (RDF) Working Group
- Web Characterization
- xISBN (a FRBR-related project)
From the RLG Programs Work Agenda
- Analyze Current Shared Print Policy Frameworks
- Betatest WorldCat Identities
- Collection Descriptions in Natural History Institutions
- Commission a Report Synthesizing the Existing State of the Art in Offsite Storage Provision and Organizational Structure (.pdf: 227K/ 35pp.)
- Contribute to the development of a Registry of Copyright Evidence
- Convene an Event for Sharing and Discussing User Studies
- Define Library Systems Data Service Layer
- Establish a Baseline Understanding of Metadata Practices
- Evaluate Current Delivery Practices for Archives and Special Collections
- Explore RLG Programs Partner Interests in Terminologies Services
- Increase the Scale of Special Collections Digitization
- Lead an Effort to Upgrade the LC/NACO Authority File with Non-Latin Alternate Names
- Mass Digitization and Partnership Agreements
- North American Storage Trust (NAST)
- Prepare Collection Analysis of Four Art Libraries as Intelligence for Collaborative Agreements
- Public Service Trends in Special Collections
- Scholarly Information Practices
- Share Best Practices for Metadata Creation Workflows
- Synthesize Research on User Studies in Special Collections and Archives
Earlier RLG Programs work
- The AMICO Library™ from RLG
- Arches—RLG's Archival Server Infrastructure
- RLG Archival Resources Redesign for ArchiveGrid
- Ariel®—Document Delivery on the Internet
- Art & Architecture Group
- Attributes of Trusted Digital Repositories
- Automatic Exposure—Technical Metadata
- "Borrow Direct" Resource Sharing
- Capturing Quality Images of Visual Resources
- Chinese Rare Books in a Union Catalog
- CIMI Consortium—A Valued Association
- Creating the Conspectus
- Cultural Materials Initiative
- Digital Archiving—Early Priorities
- Digital Image Capture Planning & Topics
- Digital Imaging Project Management Workshops
- Digital Imaging Project Preparation Tools
- Digital Information Preservation—The Landmark Study
- Digital Preservation—Changing Focus
- Digital Preservation Needs—Members' Survey
- Digital Preservation—OAIS-Compliant Metadata
- Digital Repository Certification
- Digital Repository Testbed Exploration
- Dublin Core Metadata—Exploration for Memory Institutions
- Encoded Archival Context Activities
- Encoded Archival Description Activities
- Essential Metadata for Preserving Digital Master Files
- Establishing MARC 21 Coding for Digital Files
- "FAST" Workshops in Finding Aids SGML Training
- "Inaccessible Domain" Materials—A Cataloging Standard
- Interlibrary Lending Peer-to-Peer—RLG's ILL Manager
- Interlibrary Lending Peer-to-Peer—SHARES Partners' Migration
- International Archival Gateways
- Metasearch Survey Among RLG Members
- METS Activities
- Moving Museum Resources Online—REACH, VISION, & AMICO
- Natural History Advisory Group
- OAIS Activities
- Pinyin Conversion for North American Chinese Cataloging
- PREMIS—Preservation Metadata Implementation Strategies
- Preservation Microfilming Projects & Practice
- RLG Union Catalog Gateway to Local Holdings
- RLIN21™ & RLG Database Infrastructure Migration
- Special Collections Resource Sharing Working Group
- "Studies in Scarlet" Collaborative Digital Collection
Some of the activities listed here have prototypes or demonstrations you can explore and play with. You can find a list of just those hands-on activities in ResearchWorks.
A few of these activities have generated software that you can download and build upon. Go to our software page for a list of only those activities.
The OCLC Research Library Partnership has sponsored the activities with this mark.
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