Slides from OCLC Research Update at ALA Annual 2015 now available

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View these slides by Roy Tennant, Merrilee Proffitt, Bruce Washburn and Diane Vizine-Goetz to learn more about some of our current projects.

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This OCLC Research Update took place at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco on Monday, 29 June 2015.

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

For more information:

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research