Find WorldCat Entities to improve resource discoverability through connections
Funded in part by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, in partnership with an advisory group of 28 libraries, and built on OCLC’s decades of linked data research, WorldCat Entities represent a critical next step toward making linked data work for libraries.
Use the search box on entities.oclc.org to find and view WorldCat Entities for Persons, Places, Events, and Works. Browse through different languages and explore the way each entity links to other external vocabularies and authority files for further context.
Since 2009, OCLC has taken a lead role in helping libraries realize the promise of linked data through our ground-breaking research projects and subsequent reports. WorldCat Entities marks a seminal next step in the journey by putting our research into practice. For library staff, linked data makes metadata workflows more efficient by putting contextual information and authorities into the description process. For researchers, linked data empowers the discovery and connection of new and unexpected information. Join us as we continue to work with libraries of all types to deliver exciting, enhanced experiences to their users.
“...a solid foundation”
“These entities will establish a solid foundation upon which libraries, cultural heritage organizations, and scholarly communications communities can rely to manage their collections and research outputs and make them more easily discoverable on the web.”
Vice President, Global Product Management
Dublin, Ohio, United States
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