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
Survey

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.

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:

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Join the Linked Data Conversation

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

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Linked Data Team

Team Lead

Andrew K. Pace

Team Members

Jeff Mixter
Stephan Schindehette
Karen Smith-Yoshimura
Bruce Washburn
Jeff Young

OCLC and Linked Data Strategic Approach

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Publications

    Exploring Models for Shared Identity Management at a Global Scale: The Work of the PCC Task Group on Identity Management in NACO

    9 December 2019

    Erin Stalberg, John Riemer, Andrew MacEwan, Jennifer A. Liss, Violeta Ilik, Stephen Hearn, Jean Godby, Paul Frank, Michelle Durocher, Amber Billey

    This paper discusses the efforts of the PCC Task Group on Identity Management in NACO to explore and advance identity management activities.

    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.

    Analysis of 2018 International Linked Data Survey for Implementers

    8 November 2018

    Karen Smith-Yoshimura

    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.

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