Resource Sharing, Wikidata, Web Archiving Metadata, RDM featured in Recent RLP Webinars

One of the benefits of being a member of the OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP) is getting to participate in live webinars featuring research currently in progress at OCLC Research and in partner libraries around the world. This year, so far, has featured three Works in Progress webinars, covering three very different subjects, along with a mini-symposium on research data management, and a webinar overview of three areas that the RLP and partner institutions are currently focused on.

While not the same as the full benefit of joining the webinars live and being able to ask questions and participate, all webinars are recorded and available to anyone on demand. Take time to explore the subjects that are of interest to you and your institution:

Works in Progress Webinar: Introduction to Wikidata for Librarians
Wikidata is a free and open knowledge base that can be read and edited by both humans and machines, and is relevant to many developing and emerging projects in the library descriptive landscape. In our linked data future, Wikidata may play an important role as a place to find and store metadata and identifiers. Andrew Lih, author of The Wikipedia Revolution, and Robert Fernandez, Resources Development/eLearning Librarian, Prince George's Community College, provide an introduction to Wikidata in this Works in Progress webinar.

Works in Progress Webinar: Sharing Special Collections Materials via Resource Sharing
Dennis Massie, OCLC Research; Brian Miller, Ohio State University Libraries; and Heidi Nance, Ivy Plus Libraries, share freely available tools and implemented programs to facilitate the sharing of rare, and often deeply needed, items. Find out how they have found solutions for concerns about fragility, rarity, workflow, approval processes, and other issues, in their resource sharing endeavors.

Works in Progress Webinar: Outcomes from the OCLC Research Library Partnership Web Archiving Metadata Working Group
In this webinar, four members of the RLP Web Archiving Metadata (WAM) Working Group focus on recommendations for descriptive metadata that uniquely meet the needs of web content. Rebecca Guenther sets the stage by situating WAM’s work relative to existing library and archives standards and practices; Jackie Dooley gives an overview of the 14 data elements that comprise the heart of the recommendations; Claudia Horning discusses their use within the context of RDA and MARC; and Mary Samouelian discusses implementation in the archival standards context.

Overview of Three Areas of Research by the OCLC Research Library Partnership
This one-hour webinar provides an overview of three areas of ongoing work with the RLP: our new research and learning agenda for archives and special collections; research information management; and the university futures, library futures project.

OCLC Research Mini-Symposium on Research Data Management
In April, OCLC Researchers and guests came together in the Netherlands for this event focused on collaborative research data management work. Watch the recording and download presentation slides to learn about recent collaborative work done in the area of RDM by OCLC Research and its network partners. Invited speakers Hilde van Zeeland and David Minor complemented with specific updates on developments at their respective institutions.

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