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Prototypes and Services
ArchiveGrid—ArchiveGrid is a discovery service that provides access to detailed archival collection descriptions. It includes over two million descriptions of archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide. OCLC Research supports ArchiveGrid as the basis for our experimentation and testing in text mining, data analysis, and discovery system applications and interfaces.
WorldCat Cookbook Finder Cookbook Finder is an experimental, works-based application that provides access to thousands of cookbooks and other works about food and nutrition described in library records.
WorldCat Identities The ID Network uses the Identities and WorldCat APIs to allow users to explore the interconnectivity and relationships among WorldCat Identities. Users can easily jump from identity to identity by selecting the name in the identity Network Map. An identity can be a person, a thing (the Titanic), a fictitious character (Harry Potter), or a corporation (IBM).
Not Scotch But Rum: The Scope and Diffusion of the Scottish Presence in the Published Record
This report describes a repurposable, machine-processing-based methodology for identifying a country’s national presence.
FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) Users: Summary and Case Studies
This report includes sixteen case studies from FAST adopters and non-adopters in six countries, as well as a profile of OCLC’s own use of FAST.
Social Media and Archives: A Survey of Archive Users
This report provides survey findings about who uses archives and special collections for research, as well as how those users communicate and share information about systems like ArchiveGrid.
Thirteen Ways of Looking at Libraries, Discovery, and the Catalog: Scale, Workflow, Attention
This article discusses the position of the catalog and uses it to illustrate more general discovery and workflow directions for libraries. It should be of interest to those who manage or make decisions about discovery services in libraries, or who are interested in how general Internet trends are affecting library services. Catalogue 2.0: The Future of the Library Catalogue. A version of this article also appeared in EDUCAUSE Review Online (Monday, 10 December 2012).
The Challenges of Digging Data: A Study of Context in Archaeological Data Reuse
This paper examines the needs of archaeological data reusers. JCDL 2013 Proceedings of the 13th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, 295-304. A pre-print of this paper is available as a pdf (152K/12 pp.) from the OCLC Research website.
Preservation Metadata (2nd Edition)
This DPC Technology Watch Report focuses on new developments in preservation metadata made possible by the emergence of PREMIS as a de facto international standard. It will be of interest to digital preservation practitioners interested in learning about key issues in implementing preservation metadata, as well as anyone seeking to learn more about preservation metadata. The report is available as a pdf (pdf: 986K/40 pp.) from the Digital Preservation Coalition website.
Meeting the Expectations of the Community: The Engagement-Centered Library
This chapter, published in Library 2020, describes how the library in 2020 will be engagement-centered. Connaway was one of 30 leaders in the library profession who contributed to the book, Library 2020: Today's Leading Visionaries Describe Tomorrow's Library (Lanham: Scarecrow Press), by Joe Janes, associate professor and program chair at the University of Washington's Information School. Contributors were asked to finish the sentence "The Library in 2020 will be…" and to share their hopes, dreams, concerns, and ideas about how libraries go forward from here. They were told: "be bold, be inspirational, be hopeful, be true, be provocative, be realistic, be depressing, be light-hearted, be thoughtful, be fun…be yourself, and for heaven's sake, don’t be boring." Each submission was published as a separate chapter in the book.
Tiers for Fears: Sensible, Streamlined Sharing of Special Collections
This report presents strategies for providing efficient and affordable interlending of actual physical items from special collections for research purposes, as well as advice on determining if a loan is the most appropriate way to fulfill a particular request.
- A complete list of OCLC Research publications is available online at: http://www.oclc.org/research/publications.html.
OCLC Research Library Partnership welcomes University of California, Riverside
- Mr. Steven Mandeville-Gamble, University Librarian, is the Partner Representative and has already encouraged many of his staff to join some of our e-mail and discussion lists—a great first step for getting involved! More...
Walk This Way video highlights report that details steps for gaining control of born-digital content
- Watch this video for an overview of the report, Walk This Way: Detailed Steps for Transferring Born-Digital Content from Media You Can Read In-house. More...
Findings from survey of special collections and archives in the UK and Ireland summarized in new video
- Watch this video to learn about the findings from the OCLC Research and RLUK survey of special collections and archives in the United Kingdom and Ireland that were published in a report earlier this year. More...
Tiers for Fears video gives overview of sensible, streamlined approach for sharing special collections
- Watch this video for an overview of the tiers and tools described in the recently published Tiers for Fears report. More...
Explore cookbooks and more from libraries around the world with new Cookbook Finder app
- New from OCLC Research, Cookbook Finder is an experimental, works-based application that provides access to thousands of cookbooks and other works about food and nutrition described in library records. More...
OCLC Research Registering Researchers in Authority Files Task Group seeks feedback on work in progress
- This task group has been analyzing the emerging approaches to incomplete national authority files and is seeking community comment and feedback on five of their work in progress documents that were recently posted online. More...
Tufts University joins SHARES
- Tufts was the 7th new library to join this international sharing partnership in calendar year 2013. More...
OCLC Research Library Partnership welcomes Washington University in Saint Louis and Occidental College
- We were pleased to welcome Washington University in Saint Louis and Occidental College to the OCLC Research Library Partnership! More...
- A complete list of OCLC Research news items is available online at: http://www.oclc.org/research/news.html.
Events, Webcasts and Presentations
Roy Tennant presented opening keynote at Access 2013 in St. John's Newfoundland
- Access 2013 is Canada's premier library technology conference bringing librarians, technicians, developers, programmers, and managers together to discuss cutting-edge library technologies. More...
"Shifts in Scholarly Attention Among World Regions" presentation by Dr. Charles Kurzman
- The webinar recording and slides are available from this presentation in which Dr. Kurzman discussed his research on changing academic attention to world regions over the past 50 years, “attention” as measured by analyzing works published about each region of the world and collected in U.S. academic libraries for each year of publication since 1958. The patterns that emerge from this research will help to inform social scientists and educational policymakers about trends and possible gaps in scholarly attention to different regions of the world. More....
"Why Google? '…[Google] saved time, it saved gas, I got what I needed, and it wasn't a big deal.'" presentation by Lynn Silipigni Connaway
- In this presentation, Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway discussed results of multiple user behavior studies and recommendations for promoting user engagement with library services, sources, and systems. More....
OCLC Research Library Partnership SHARES 101 webinar
- Exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, this webinar provided an overview of how the international sharing partnership SHARES expands and enhances local collections with materials owned by OCLC Research Library Partners around the world. More...
ArchiveGrid and Related Work webinar outputs available
- This webinar provides an overview of ArchiveGrid, a collection of nearly two million archival material descriptions that is now freely available from OCLC Research, as well as related work. More...
OCLC Research staff at ARCHIVES 2013 in New Orleans
- Six OCLC Research staff gave presentations and demonstrations at ARCHIVES 2013: The Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists and the Society of American Archivists. More...
Managing Research Data—from Goals to Reality webinar
- Presented live exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, this webinar provided examples of how colleagues are managing research data—the raw output of research investigations, not the resulting reports. The recording, slides, chat transcript and archived tweets from this webinar are now publicly available online. More...
OCLC Research presentations at Best of Show 2013: An OCLC Virtual Conference
- Five OCLC Research staff gave live encore presentations during this free online event. More...
OCLC Research Library Partnership Past Forward event videos
- A total of 16 videos are available from the OCLC Research Library Partnership event, “Past Forward! Meeting Stakeholder Needs in 21st Century Special Collections.” Links to the presenter's slides, archived tweets and speaker biographies are also available. More...
- A complete list of OCLC Research events is available online at: http://www.oclc.org/research/events.html.
OCLC Researcher Spotlight—Brian Lavoie: From Cutter Tables to the Published Record
I started in OCLC Research in 1996 as a part-time research assistant, while working on my doctorate in agricultural economics. My first assignment was to compare and note differences between the original versions of the Cutter tables, and the later Swanson-Swift editions—by hand, line by line!1 I went on to join OCLC Research as a full-time staff member, and over the years have worked on projects touching on a wide range of topics, including the structure and content of the Web, digital preservation, collective collections, and the system-wide organization of library collections and services.
The diverse array of topics that cross my desk is one of the best parts of my job. On any given day I might be writing code for a data-mining project, developing a framework to help conceptualize an issue or problem space, or collaborating with researchers in other countries on a topic of mutual interest. I have even had opportunities to use my economics training on several projects. All along the way, I have benefited from working with an outstanding group of OCLC Research colleagues, who have taught me a great deal about doing research for libraries.
With my fellow OCLC researcher Constance Malpas, I have been exploring the topic of regional-scale shared print strategies. Our recent report (with our colleague JD Shipengrover) Print Management at “Mega-Scale”: A Regional Perspective on Print Book Collections in North America2 combined the concept of mega-regions with WorldCat data to examine the features of a North American network of regional shared print collections. We are also working on an analysis that examines cooperative print management from an institutional (Ohio State University) and consortial (Committee on Institutional Cooperation) perspective, which we will be publishing soon.
Occasionally, opportunities arise to work on topics that stretch the boundaries of library research. I recently completed a study which sought to identify and analyze the Scottish presence in the published record. To do this, I used WorldCat bibliographic data, as well as data from Wikipedia, to identify materials published in Scotland, by Scottish authors, or about Scotland. I then used WorldCat holdings data to trace the diffusion of these Scottish materials around the world.3 As Lorcan Dempsey (OCLC Vice President, Research, and Chief Strategist) has pointed out, the value of the WorldCat database, cooperatively produced by libraries all over the world, extends beyond its role as a key resource for libraries; it is also the best proxy available for the global published record. Our ability to do cultural research like the Scotland study extends from the data crafted by librarians and gathered into WorldCat.
1. The reader may be wondering whether this was a legitimate assignment, or if I was being put through some kind of new employee hazing ritual. It was indeed legitimate work: http://www.worldcat.org/title/four-figure-cutter-tables/oclc/54104849
- A complete list of OCLC Research activities is available online at: http://www.oclc.org/research/activities.html.