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.

Lorcan Dempsey

“Reliable identifiers...”

“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.”

Lorcan Dempsey
Vice President
Membership and Research, and Chief Strategist

Shared entity management infrastructure advisory group members

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

British Library

Central Michigan University Libraries

Cleveland Public Library

Cornell University Library

Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (DNB)

Harvard University

National Library Board, Singapore

National Library of Medicine

National Library of New Zealand

New York University Libraries

Oxford University Libraries

Princeton University Library

Smithsonian Libraries


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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