Senior Program Officer
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.
5 August 2019
Jean Godby, Karen Smith-Yoshimura, Bruce Washburn, Kalan Knudson Davis, Karen Detling, Christine Fernsebner Eslao, Steven Folsom, Xiaoli Li, Marc McGee, Karen Miller, Honor Moody, Craig Thomas, Holly Tomren
“Project Passage” is an OCLC Research Wikibase prototype that explores using linked data in library cataloging workflows. The report overviews the prototype’s development, its adaptation for library use, and eight librarians’ experiences with the editing interface to create metadata for resources.
8 November 2018
Using the 2018 International Linked Data Survey results, this article overviews the linked data projects or services implemented by institutions, what data they publish or consume, why they implemented linked data, challenges faced, and advice for institutions considering a linked data project or service.
13 November 2017
Janifer Gatenby, Karen Smith-Yoshimura