The OCLC Research Library Partnership

Archives and Special Collections Linked Data Review Group


By understanding the descriptive needs of the rare and unique collections communities, this group will guide future linked data approaches and services from OCLC.  

Working in collaboration with OCLC Research Library Partnership representatives from the rare book, archives, and special collections communities, OCLC will facilitate a series of virtual discussions to gather information that needs to be reflected in linked data approaches. 

Because of the specific goals and needs of bibliographic and archival description, initial meetings will focus on gathering details about these distinct descriptive practices. All participants will actively contribute to the questions and discussion.  


Archives and Special Collections Linked Data: Navigating between Notes and Nodes

Archives and Special Collections Linked Data: Navigating between Notes and Nodes
OCLC Research Report
This publication shares the findings from the Archives and Special Collections Linked Data Review Group, which explored key areas of concern and opportunities for archives and special collections in transitioning to a linked data environment.

Among the issues discussed in this publication:

  • Descriptive data models for special collections in linked data environments
  • Challenges around multilinguality
  • Ethical issues, community engagement
  • Expressing relationships and change over time
  • The long tail of authorities and identifiers in special collections
  • Sustainability


Working Group Members


Nathan Putnam
Karen Smith-Yoshimura

Team members

Merrilee Proffitt
Bruce Washburn
Chela Scott Weber


Erin Blake
Folger Shakespeare Library

Itza Carbajal
University of Texas Austin

Regine Heberlein
Princeton University

Sarah Horowitz
Haverford College

Jason Kovari
Cornell University

Vanessa Lacey
University of Cambridge

Cory Lampert
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Darnelle Melvin
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Holly Mengel
University of Pennsylvania

Cory Nimer
Brigham Young University

Maria Oldal
Morgan Library and Museum

Arielle Rambo
Library Company of Philadelphia

Elizabeth Roke
Emory University

Eric de Ruijter
International Institute of Social History

Dan Santamaria
Tufts University

Weatherly Stephan
New York University