JAN 30

Works in Progress Webinar: Reimagining  digital data curation—New structured  data approaches for digital collections

Join this webinar to learn about OCLC’s pilot project to improve discoverability of digitized cultural materials, magnify the impact of the work required to describe unique content, and prove the feasibility of a production linked data service.

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Slides (pptx)  
CONTENTdm linked data pilot project  
Overview of OCLC’s linked data work  
Project Passage  
Project Passage report  
Minnesota Digital Library  
Minnesota Reflections  
Minnesota Digital Library Data Entry Guidelines  
Umbra Search  
Huntington Digital Library


Mario Einaudi, Digital Repository Manager; Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
Jason Roy, Director, Digital Library Services; University of Minnesota Libraries
Shane Huddleston, CONTENTdm Product Manager, OCLC  
Jeff Mixter, Lead Software Engineer, OCLC
Bruce Washburn, Principal Engineer, OCLC


How can we make it easier for researchers to find, evaluate, and use digitized cultural materials? How can we improve library staff efficiency when describing unique content? OCLC is collaborating with library partners on a pilot project seeking answers to these questions.

The partner institutions—Cleveland Public Library; Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens; and University of Minnesota—use CONTENTdm, a service to build, preserve, and showcase their digital collections. The project team is testing workflows for converting partner metadata in CONTENTdm into linked structured data; maintaining and creating metadata; and leveraging the structured data to improve discoverability, while also maximizing the return on investment of staff time.

The presenters will provide an overview of the project, discuss the lessons learned so far, and preview the work ahead. Library partners will provide their perspectives on the project’s developments and share their insights about how this work advances a reimagining of digital collections that offers unprecedented opportunities for making meaningful discoveries and connections.

The pilot project is proceeding in three phases, running through mid-year 2020. Wikibase, the platform used to support WikiData, was selected for this project because of its extensive services and features, and engaged community. For more on the project, visit oc.lc/cdmld. 

This webinar will be of interest to those working in the digital library space, tracking developments with linked data, and anyone interested in Wikibase and in the ways that OCLC Research work informs product strategy and development.  

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 January 2020


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]

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