In 2017 and 2018, several research, academic, public, and federal libraries 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 entity descriptions while also adding contextual relationships between entities, beyond what’s possible with traditional bibliographic and authority data.
The project has just wrapped up and there are several ways to learn more about this collaboration.
- Watch a webinar that sums up the project and results
- Read Andrew K. Pace’s Next blog post on productive linked data
- Read the OCLC Member story, highlighting feedback from the library participants
- Explore the Linked Data Wikibase Prototype project including background, news, and presentations