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OCLC ResearchWorks: Shaping an applied research agenda

ResearchWorks is convening practitioners and researchers to shape a research agenda that charts engagement with data science and computational methods. The possibilities for libraries and their users are many.

ResearchWorks is convening practitioners and disciplinary researchers to help shape an applied research agenda that charts engagement with data science and a range of computational methods. The possibilities for libraries and their users are many: Machine learning multiplies connections between research outputs, which allows for enhanced demonstration of impact. Computer vision surfaces structured data from collections, which allows for expanded discoverability. New tools increase access to collections, allowing progress on global information equity. And a range of methods are used to analyze collections at scale, which reveals actionable insights that support sustainability and the realization of core values.

To move forward as a community, key challenges need to be identified. Challenges must be matched with questions, questions must be matched with methods, and actions must be matched with contexts for collaboration. All of this needs to be grounded by carefully considered ethical commitments.

What will happen at the meeting?  

Attendees will help shape a draft applied research agenda. The agenda will be the product of feedback from a community working group, synchronous and asynchronous community engagements, and input from OCLC Research, OCLC product and services, and other staff experts.  

In addition to shaping the agenda, the following questions will be explored:     

  • Thinking broadly, what big questions do you think should be addressed?     
  • Thinking specifically, what could ResearchWorks achieve in the next year, three years, five years?     
  • In your view, what would success look like?      
  • How should OCLC Research and the library community collaborate? What principles and norms should guide collaboration?      

Who should attend?  

Technical experience is not necessary. At this engagement, the goal is to enrich agenda development with strategic perspectives. 

We hope that you’ll join us for this inaugural event and look forward to learning with and from you.   


About ResearchWorks 

ResearchWorks is an OCLC initiated effort that aims to foster collaborative, community-wide, applied research. ResearchWorks combines domain expertise with data science and other computational methods in order to develop solutions that address our most pressing challenges. OCLC contributes staff, compute, and data resources to this effort.   

About OCLC    

OCLC is a global library cooperative that provides shared technology services, original research and community programs for its membership and the library community at large. We are librarians, technologists, researchers, pioneers, leaders and learners. With thousands of library members in more than 100 countries, we come together as OCLC to make information more accessible and more useful.

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Start Date

25 April 2019

End Date

26 April 2019