Linked Data

Linked Data is about communities agreeing on the meaning of their data and sharing it in a massively networked information space. This vision is taking shape in many sectors, including e-commerce, medicine, scientific research, and government services. OCLC Research is a leader in driving this transformation in the library community.

Current Work

Learn about the most recent OCLC Research developments in Linked Data below. Track the latest developments on Hanging Together: the OCLC Research blog. Even more context about OCLC's work in linked data is provided in the Overview.

Creating Library Linked Data with Wikibase: Lessons Learned from Project Passage
OCLC Research Report
In this report, Project Passage participants provide an overview of the context in which the prototype was developed, how the Wikibase platform was adapted for use by librarians, and eight use cases where pilot participants (co-authors of this report) describe their experience of creating metadata for resources in various formats and languages using the Wikibase editing interface. They also share key issues, findings, reflections, and areas for future research.

CONTENTdm Linked Data Pilot
Traditional models of item description have rendered libraries’ digital collections largely invisible on the internet, and thus, hidden from researchers. OCLC is working to shift this paradigm to connect people with the unique digital resources that libraries hold. In this project, OCLC is partnering with libraries to increase end-users’ ability to discover, evaluate, and use the unique digital resources in CONTENTdm repositories.

IIIF: Improving the Interoperability of Digital Materials
IIIF (the International Image Interoperability Framework) is an emerging set of standards for sharing structural metadata about digital materials. Learn more about IIIF and OCLC Research's work with this framework.

2018 International Linked Data Survey for Implementers

OCLC Research conducted an "International Linked Data Survey for Implementers" in 2014 and 2015, attracting responses from a total of 90 institutions in 20 countries. The survey was conducted again in 2018 and results are now available. Read more.

Analysis of 2018 International Linked Data Survey for Implementers
Journal Article  |  November 2018
By Karen Smith-Yoshimura
This journal article sumarizes and analyzes the results of the International Linked Data Survey for Implementers.
Published in Code4Lib Journal.

Linked Data Wikibase
OCLC partnered with libraries on a prototype to demonstrate the value of linked data for improving resource-description workflows in libraries. Watch this webinar to learn more about the project and prototype:

Learn more about the project and prototype.

Library Linked Data in the Cloud: OCLC’s Experiments with Next-Generation Resource Description
Monograph  |  April 2018
By Jean Godby, Shenghui Wang, and Jeff Mixter.
Published by Morgan and Claypool in 2015, the complete text is now available as HTML.

National Strategy for Shareable Local Name Authorities National Forum: a White Paper
White paper  |  March 2018
Community leaders, including Jean Godby and Janifer Gatenby, discuss ways to improve the efficiency of workflows that produce disambiguated names of people, organizations, and other important entities associated with library resources. In the process, the practice of library authority control will be modernized to focus on the management of identities instead of authorized name strings.
An outcome of the IMLS grant Shareable Local Authorities awarded to Cornell University; Chew Chiat Naun and Jason Kovari, principal investigators.


Getting Started

New to linked data? No problem. We've pulled together some resources to help you get started with linked data. Check them out:

Get Started

Join the Linked Data Conversation

Find OCLC Research's latest Linked Data ideas, thoughts, data, and projects on our blog Hanging Together.

Read Linked Data Posts

Linked Data Team

Team Lead

Jean Godby

Team Members

Ralph LeVan
Jeff Mixter
Stephan Schindehette
Karen Smith-Yoshimura
Shenghui Wang
Bruce Washburn
Jeff Young

OCLC and Linked Data Strategic Approach

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