Last month OCLC announced beta testing has begun on their OCLC WorldShare Metadata Record Manager. They are collaborating with pilot libraries in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and Spain on this new record management product.
OCLC WorldShare is an enterprise system and according to their news release, WorldShare Metadata Record Manager will be available to libraries using WorldShare Management Services (WMS) beginning in September 2013. In 2014, Record Manager will be available to all OCLC cataloging members using WMS, alternative cloud-based services or traditional integrated library systems.
Their goal is to help libraries maintain their collections and reduce costs in a global environment.
Miller’s presentation discussed the importance of defining clear relationships; plus, more contextual information on the web will allow libraries to share their amazing collections via common search engines (holdings). He then touches on BIBFRAME and how the data model aims to be nimble enough to support the work of the past 50 years and the challenges of the next 50 years.
Wallis discussed Schema.org–a vocabulary for describing webpages that was produced by major search engines. OCLC chose Schema.org for their WorldCat linked data project because of Schema.org’s broad adoption by the likes of Google, Yahoo! and Bing. Wallis goes on to state that while this vocabulary is not robust enough for libraries, we aren’t limited to using only one standard with linked data–they intermix.
He illustrated how the WorldCat linked data project helped make more obscure items (like dissertations) show up on the first page of a Google search. Plus, he briefly discusses the following data sets OCLC made available as linked data last year: Dewey Decimal Classification, FAST, and VIAF.
The second part of this presentation is audio, but the links associated with the speakers contain their slides. Violeta Ilik (Texas A&M University Library) & Jeremy Myntti (Head of Cataloging & Metadata Services at University of Utah – J. Willard Marriott Library) separately tried some small linked data projects using the Viewshare tool.
Viewshare is a service provided by LC for digital collections. It helps users generate and customize views (using interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) so users can interact more with the collection. Both speakers discovered some interesting trends and inconsistencies in their metadata. Good stuff!
OCLC recently announced their VIAFbot team has finished reciprocal name authority work on the 250,000+ English biography article links in Wikipedia. In late June, the OCLC Research folks released the Linking Library Data to Wikipedia (part 1) video explaining VIAF and how the VIAFbot/Wikipedia project would integrate library authority data into Wikipedia name articles.
Just think—OCLC name authority data inserted in Wikipedia records! But wait, that’s not all—this is a reciprocal project, so those Wikipedia names are also being ingested into the VIAF authority files (social tagging). If there is a conflict, the bot will note it for human inspection on Wikipedia.
Remember in October how we reported that the IU Society of American Archivists–Student Chapter (SAA-SC) hosted a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at the Indiana University Archives? I looked up one of their edited pages and sure enough–the VIAF authority record noted that there was an updated name authority harvested from Wikipedia:
The second part of the Linking Library Data to Wikipedia video is insightful because Max Klein discusses why he helped create the VIAFbot, the value of user feedback, and what went into getting the request for the bot approved by Wikipedia. Merrilee Proffitt discusses how they plan to have the bot seek out other cooperative name authority data projects (ORCID project).
I highly recommend watching these OCLC shorts because they are short, informative, fun, and–thanks to viewing them–I can now pronounce VIAF correctly (Veeeeee F). Thumbs up!
OCLC recently released a 15 minute video on YouTube that introduces the concepts and technologies behind linked data and how it can benefit libraries and their users. It’s a great video and uses the running example of Raven (as a thing and as a poem) to exemplify how linked data can disambiguate concepts and help improve search results.
Have you recently noticed that when you search for a well-known person on Google that there is a box on the right side of the page highlighting the person? Give it a shot–search for “Jon Stewart” in Google and on the right-hand side will be a box that says, “See results about Jon Stewart” and includes his photo. Click the Jon Stewart link and you will see bio information scraped from Wikipedia, a photo from askactor.com and a listing of some of his books.
How is this done? By using linked data, of course. In 2011 the big three search engines (Google, Bing, and Yahoo!) created Schema.org to create, support, and maintain common schemas that will be recognized by major search providers.
OCLC has worked with the Schema.org folks to make sure the library metadata is added to the Schema.org ontology. In addition, OCLC has added linked data to OCLC WorldCat records (see the recent MDG post). The OCLC linked data for libraries YouTube video elaborates on why linked data is relevant to libraries.
It’s a great YouTube video and I highly recommend it [thumbs up]!
According to the Dewey.info website, it is “… an experimental space for linked DDC data. The intention of the dewey.info prototype is to be a platform for Dewey data on the Web.” Yes, Dewey.info is not necessarily new to the metadata community, but just look at all the updated bells and whistles:
New: *Access to Edition 23 (assignable numbers and captions) *Access to the top three levels of the DDC in twelve languages *Access to Abridged Edition 14 (assignable numbers and captions) in three languages *Actionable URIs for every class *Classification semantics encoded in SKOS Representations for machines (RDF) and for humans (XHTML+RDFa) *Different RDF serializations (RDF/XML, Turtle, JSON) *Exposed SPARQL endpoint *Data is reusable under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license