OCT 30

Works in Progress Webinar: Lessons Learned from a Linked Data Prototype for Managing Bibliographic Data

Join this Works in Progress Webinar to hear about the latest developments with linked data and the future of bibliographic services utilizing Wikibase, FAST, VIAF, and Wikidata.

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Bruce Washburn, Principal Engineer, OCLC
Stephen Hearn, Metadata Strategist, University of Minnesota
Marc McGee, Geospatial Metadata Librarian, Harvard University 
John Chapman, Senior Product Manager, Metadata Management, OCLC

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Several research libraries have joined with OCLC in a joint research project prototyping a new suite of linked data services. This unique project uses the out-of-the-box services from Wikibase and a high-quality set of name entities available from FAST, VIAF, and Wikidata to prototype services to 1) reconcile names for people, organizations, concepts, places, and events against an index based on entities, returning language-tagged headings and persistent identifiers; and 2) create, edit, and share and edit entity descriptions while also allowing for the contribution of additional contextual relationships between entities, beyond those that can be found by mining structured data in bibliographic and authority data.

This briefing will cover: the implementation and scalability of the Wikibase technology, as well as insights into the partnership with the Wikibase community; analysis of the improved reconciliation of legacy bibliographic data to linked data entities; discussion of the efficacy and efficiency of introducing linked data tools in metadata management workflows; use cases driving development and potential production implementation of the tools.

This webinar will be of interest to those tracking developments with linked data, those who are interested in the future of bibliographic services, and those interested in Wikidata / Wikibase. 

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series

These webinars are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.

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!



30 October 2018


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]