Building a shared entity management infrastructure: Moving from promise to production
Over the last decade, OCLC has joined a number of national libraries and library organizations to publish linked data. With the explosion of different efforts and initiatives, attention now turns to the ways in which metadata can be maintained and kept vital over the long term.
In January 2020, OCLC received a 2-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create a shared “entity management infrastructure” to provide libraries with a robust platform to create, maintain, use and reuse entity descriptions for persons and creative works.
In this February 2021 presentation at the International Conference for Bibliographic Control in the Digital Ecosystem, OCLC’s John Chapman discussed the reasoning behind this initiative, our progress to date and what it suggests for the future of metadata work in libraries.