AUG 12

Works in Progress Webinar: Looking Inside the Library Knowledge Vault

View this webinar recording to take a closer look at how the Google Knowledge Vault idea applies to a vault of library knowledge. #orlp

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How do we ascertain truth on the web? That’s a question being pursued by researchers at Google who have articulated a flow of data that generates discrete statements of fact from countless web sources, relates those statements to previously assembled stores of knowledge, and fuses these mathematically to identify which statements may be more “truthful” than others. They describe this assembly of scored statements as a “Knowledge Vault.”

As OCLC works with data from library, archive and museum sources, we grapple with the same question and similarly varying data. Though the number of statements made is smaller and there may be fewer conflicts, we benefit by taking a closer look at the Google Knowledge Vault idea, to see how it applies to a vault of library knowledge.

In this webinar Jeff Mixter and Bruce Washburn provided an update on how we’re evaluating this idea, including:

  • extracting simple statements about entities and their relationships from bibliographic and authority records, 
  • establishing a relevant score for similar statements provided by different sources, 
  • viewing the Library Knowledge Vault data using a prototype application,
  • and testing how statements contributed by users of that prototype can find their way back to the Vault.

Works in Progress: an OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series
Exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners

What are we working on? What are you working on? OCLC Research Library Partners are invited to participate in Works in Progress: an OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series to talk about work happening in OCLC Research – we'd like to present our work informally and get feedback from you, our Partners. We'd also like this to be a venue for Partner institutions. What are you working on that everyone should know about? What input would help you move forward? Let us know!


12 August 2015


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]


Online via WebEx