Shared entity management infrastructure
For decades, OCLC has provided reliable infrastructure for OCLC numbers and authority records. With financial support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and thanks to the dedication of our advisory group members and OCLC staff, we are wrapping up the initial work on a shared entity management infrastructure.
This infrastructure includes easily accessible authoritative descriptions of works and persons, enhanced and managed by OCLC and the library community. Connections to other external vocabularies will place library collections in a broader context across the web. We’re now collecting feedback from the advisory group on the tools we’ve built to work with the infrastructure. We will soon provide our final report to the Mellon Foundation, and we are evaluating the next steps with our stakeholders.
As always, we’re closely collaborating with the library community to fully understand and address needs. We plan to allow library staff to customize their workflows around linked data opportunities through new and powerful APIs. We will also offer a basic user interface for staff to create and manage entities.
No matter how far along your library is with using new data models (including BIBFRAME), or even if you wish to continue to work in MARC, you’ll see improved data quality and workflow efficiency as a result of this new entity management infrastructure.
“For linked data to move into common use, libraries need reliable and persistent identifiers and metadata for the critical entities they rely on. This project begins to build that infrastructure and advances the whole field.”
Membership and Research, and Chief Strategist
Agence bibliographique de l’enseignement supérieur (ABES)
Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma
Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)
Brigham Young University Library
Central Michigan University Libraries
Cleveland Public Library
Cornell University Library
Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (DNB)
National Library Board, Singapore
National Library of Medicine
National Library of New Zealand
New York University Libraries
Oxford University Libraries
Princeton University Library
Temple University Libraries
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
University of California, Davis Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Minnesota Libraries
University of Pennsylvania Libraries
University of Tennessee Libraries
University of Victoria Libraries
Yale University Library
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