Bruce Washburn

Principal Engineer

Bruce Washburn

Bruce Washburn is a Principal Software Engineer in OCLC Research.  He provides software development support for OCLC Research initiatives and participates as a contributing team member on selected research projects.  In addition, he provides software development support for selected OCLC Products and Services.  Bruce works in OCLC’s San Mateo, California office and reports to Jean Godby, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Research.  Prior to OCLC Washburn worked in a variety of roles for the Research Libraries Group (RLG), including serving as manager of its Information Architecture team.  Before RLG, Washburn worked in the Cataloging department of Stanford University Libraries.


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    Transforming Metadata into Linked Data to Improve Digital Collection Discoverability: A CONTENTdm Pilot Project

    21 January 2021

    Greta Bahnemann, Michael Carroll, Paul Clough, Mario Einaudi, Chatham Ewing, Jeff Mixter, Jason Roy, Holly Tomren, Bruce Washburn, Elliot Williams

    This report shares the CONTENTdm Linked Data Pilot project findings. In this pilot project, OCLC and five partner institutions investigated methods for—and the feasibility of—transforming metadata into linked data to improve the discoverability and management of digitized cultural materials.

    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.

    Creating Library Linked Data with Wikibase: Lessons Learned from Project Passage

    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.

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