Linked Data

Linked Data is about communities agreeing on the meaning of their data and sharing it in a massively networked information space. This vision is taking shape in many sectors, including e-commerce, medicine, scientific research, and government services. OCLC Research is a leader in driving this transformation in the library community.

Getting Started with Linked Data

Linked data is a new way of thinking about data, and the core idea is intuitively simple. Linked data is a set of conventions for assembling facts about things in the world, about which the library community and associated cultural heritage institutions have plenty to share.

New to Linked Data?

Presentation (.pptx)

A brief, visual introduction to what linked data is, its connection to library data, what's new in linked data, and recommendations for making MARC "linked data ready."

Getting Started with Linked Data
Next blog post  |  8 February 2016

By Roy Tennant
Learn about the concept of linked data, how it relates to library data, and its potential.

Linked Data in Libraries: from Disillusionment to Productivity
Next blog post | 8 November 2018
By Andrew K. Pace
Learn more about the “so what?” of Linked Data in libraries.

Intermediate Knowledge

As linked data gains wider acceptance, the education gap is being addressed in community-wide initiatives such as Linked Data for Professional Education, or LD4PE, which is being developed by the Program for Cooperative Cataloging and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative.

Linked Data Reality Check
Presentation (.pptx) | 18 April 2018
By Andrew K. Pace
A linked data primer and overview of the OCLC Wikibase and Wikidata prototype.
Presented at Computers in Libraries, Arlington VA.

Putting Linked Data to Work
Next blog post  |  21 April 2016

By Roy Tennant
More information on how we want to help library software developers understand the tools and strategies for consuming linked data.

Library Linked Data in the Cloud
Webinar  |  21 May 2015

Learn more about OCLC's contributions to the transformation of the Internet from a web of documents to a web of data as described in the book, Library Linked Data in the Cloud: OCLC's Experiments with New Models of Resource Description.

Turning Library Bibliographic Metadata into Actionable Knowledge
Next blog post  |  29 February 2016
By Jeff Mixter
Get an update on an effort to develop a pipeline process that allows for the harvesting, extraction, normalization, scoring/weighting and synthesizing of knowledge from Authority files, bibliographic records and eventually resources from across the Web such as WikiData or user-contributed feedback.

Advanced Knowledge

Advanced: Linked Data for Developers Webinar Series
This three-part webinar recording series guides participants through the nuts and bolts of putting linked data in action, teaching how to query, produce, and consume linked data.

Linked Data Blog Posts

Explore OCLC Research's Linked Data ideas, thoughts, data, and projects on our blog Hanging Together.

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OCLC linked data strategy

LExpand influence and reach with linked data and OCLC

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