Shared entity management infrastructure
For decades, OCLC has provided reliable infrastructure for OCLC numbers and authority records. Now, with financial support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we’re building a persistent, shared, and centralized entity management infrastructure for library linked data work.
When completed in December 2021, this infrastructure will include 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.
As always, we’re closely collaborating with the library community to fully understand and address needs. Our entity management infrastructure will be largely API-based, allowing librarians to customize their workflows around linked data opportunities. We will also create a basic user interface for librarians 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 of Medicine
National Library Board, Singapore
New York University Libraries
Oxford University Libraries
Princeton University Library
Temple University Libraries
University of California, Davis Library
University of Minnesota Libraries
University of Pennsylvania Libraries
University of Tennessee University Libraries
University of Victoria Libraries
Yale University Library
Have a question or want to get involved?
If you have a question or are interested in joining the advisory group to provide feedback, test APIs, or help with workflow creation as our work progresses, please contact us.