JUN 29

OCLC Research Update at ALA Annual 2015

View the slides from this session to learn more about OCLC Research and some of our current projects. #oclcresearch #alaac15

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This presentation took place at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, on Monday, 29  June from 10:30 – 11:30 am at the Moscone Center North, Room 125. The agenda included:

  • Introduction – Senior Program Officer Roy Tennant served as master of ceremonies and provided a quick overview of current OCLC Research highlights.
  • Wikipedia and Libraries – Senior Program Officer Merrilee Proffitt gave an overview of how libraries can engage with Wikipedia and why it’s important, as well as how library data is represented in Wikipedia and Wikidata.
  • Entity-based Linked Data – OCLC Research is investigating a set of questions about how Entity-based Linked Data can be used for discovery, editing, and visualization.  Consulting software engineer Bruce Washburn reported on some of our findings, and discussed a prototype system OCLC Research is developing to assist with that exploration.
  • FAST – Senior Research Scientist Diane Vizine-Goetz provided an update on the latest developments with FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) a general use subject terminology scheme that retains the rich vocabulary of LCSH that is easy-to-understand, control, apply, and use. After full development, FAST has evolved into an eight-facet vocabulary with a universe of approximately 1.7 million headings across all facets.
  • Q&A


29 June 2015


10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Pacific Daylight Time, North America [UTC -7]


San Francisco, California (USA)


Moscone Center North