Karen Smith-Yoshimura

Senior Program Officer

Karen Smith-Yoshimura

Karen Smith-Yoshimura has been working with research institutions affiliated with the trans-national OCLC Research Library Partnership for over twenty-five years. She focuses on issues related to the metadata needed to describe and provide access to the multilingual resources managed by libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage organizations. Her most recent work studies identifiers and linked data.

Karen regularly blogs at HangingTogether.org

Karen worked with the Library of Congress and the Chinese Character Code for Information Interchange's Chinese Character Analysis Group to develop the East Asian Character Code Set for Bibliographic Use, an American standard (Z39.64) that preceded Unicode. She participated in the founding of the Unicode Consortium and served on the US Technical Advisory Committee that contributed to Unicode becoming an international character set standard now used globally.

Before working with the OCLC Research Library Partnership, Karen spent nine years in East Asia, primarily in Japan and Taiwan. She holds a degree in Chinese Studies from Yale University.

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    Transitioning to the Next Generation of Metadata

    29 September 2020

    Karen Smith-Yoshimura

    This report synthesizes six years (2015-2020) of OCLC Research Library Partners Metadata Managers Focus Group discussions to trace how metadata services is transitioning into the “next generation of metadata” and its impact on future metadata services and staffing requirements.

    Transitioning to the Next Generation of Metadata - Annotated Bibliography

    29 September 2020

    Karen Smith-Yoshimura

    An annotated bibliography that provides details on blog posts from Hanging Together: The OCLC Research Blog referenced in the Transitioning to the Next Generation of Metadata report.

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

    21 July 2020

    OCLC Research Archives and Special Collections Linked Data Review Group

    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.

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