OCLC Research and Cambridge University will jointly conduct a six-month, JISC-funded investigation into the value of making collection metadata openly available in a sustainable manner.
The COMET (Cambridge OPen METadata) project will release a sub-set of bibliographic data from Cambridge University Library catalogs as linked data in multiple formats. This activity will test a number of technologies and methodologies for releasing open bibliographic data including XML, RDF, SPARQL, and JSON.
To enhance linking options, records will be enriched using two OCLC Research services to assign FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) and VIAF (Virtual International Authority File) headings. This will allow for effective information retrieval and semantic interoperability.
Starting in February 2011, COMET will document the availability of metadata for the library’s collections which can be released openly in machine-readable formats and the barriers which prevent other data from being exposed in this way.
COMET Project Blog
Cambridge University Library
FAST (Learn More/Demo)
VIAF (Learn More/Demo)
JISC Project page
OCLC Research and Cambridge University Collaborate on Open Metadata Project
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