Archaeological excavations are comprised of interdisciplinary teams that create, manage, and share data as they unearth and analyze material culture. These team-based settings are ripe for collective curation, particularly among the excavation teams responsible for unearthing the materials and the specialists responsible for analysing them. Yet, findings from a study of four excavation sites show specialist data tend to remain unlinked and decontextualized from excavation data. This presentation highlights findings from the study, opportunities identified for collective curation, and responses from the four excavation projects.
File: PPTX, 29.3MB Topics: Research Data Management, User Research
Bethesda, MD, USA
When researchers are deciding whether to reuse data, they need information about data’s context of production from a variety of sources such that data’s quality can be evaluated. This panel presentation compares the different types of context, sources, and data quality attributes quantitative social scientists, zoologists, and archaeologists mentioned needing during interviews and observations about their data reuse.
File: PPTX, 6.1MB Topics: Research Data Management, User Research
This presentation shared about a current OCLC Research project on Institutional Stakeholders in Research Support, oc.lc/stakeholders. We are examining the operations, goals, and pain points of university stakeholders supporting research support activities in order to equip practitioners with greater knowledge for successfully managing enterprise projects.
File: pptx, 23.3MB Topics: Institutional Organization, Organizational Identifiers, Researcher Support
The presenters will provide an overview of a pilot project using CONTENTdm to build, preserve, and showcase their digital collections, discuss the lessons learned so far, and preview the work ahead.
File: video, 56 minutes Topics: Linked Data
Philadelphia, PA, USA
In this session, OCLC staff highlighted recent examples of OCLC Research’s collaborative initiatives, presented on a multi-sector collaboration with public libraries in response to the opioid epidemic and discussed OCLC’s current initiatives around operationalizing linked data.
File: video Topics: Opioid Crisis, Linked Data, Research Library Partnership
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Academic libraries increasingly define themselves in terms of student success, research support, and community engagement. We are seeing a major shift from the centrality of the collection, to services and to deeper engagement with changing research, teaching, and learning practices. This presentation frames important changes, identifies patterns in library responses, and discusses how they can use trends to their advantage. It draws on an extensive record of OCLC Research work on the future of libraries, on the shifting boundaries and character of library collections, on research support, on library collaboration, and on the shift to open.
File: pptx, 24.6MB Topics: Collective Collections, Open Access
In this keynote presentation, Karen Smith-Yoshimura explains how library practices are shifting from authority control to using identifiers and how identifiers can disambiguate and control names more expeditiously and make library data more web friendly. She notes the emergence of identity hubs to address identity management across domains, aggregating names from different types of resources.
File: pptx, 12MB Topics: Linked Data
This presentation highlights key lessons from OCLC Research’s Linked Data Wikibase Prototype (“Project Passage”), a 10-month pilot done in 2018 in collaboration with metadata specialists in 16 US libraries.
PowerPoint Slides (11MB)
File: video, 25 minutes Topics: Linked Data
The OCLC Research project Ariadne Semantic Embedding is a demonstration of a practical solution to support libraries in this field. Watch this webinar to see the potential of this scalable semantic embedding method for other applications such as entity disambiguation, citation recommendation, clustering and collection exploration.
File: video, 56 minutes Topics: Data Science, Semantic Embedding
Helene Blowers, Director, Membership, explains how OCLC uses the power of collaboration to scale learning, scale innovation, and scale capacity, through a library network that allows libraries to collaborate at scale to achieve efficiencies and impact.
File: pdf, 1.4MB Topics: Sourcing and Scaling