May 20, 2022

Video: OCLC’s Ted Fons and Richard Wallis on the “Collective Impact and the Power of Shared Data”

Here’s a very interesting 50 minute conference presentation (made available on YouTube today) featuring OCLC’s Ted Fons and Richard Wallis.

The presentation was recorded at the OCLC EMEA Regional Council Annual Meeting 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa at the end of February.

As the web has enabled ubiquitous and instantaneous discovery of information, library users expect to find material online. Libraries must aggregate their data to be more relevant on the web; it’s not enough to have collections accessible only through an online catalogue, we need to weave library data throughout the web.  This talk will demonstrate why we must use the latest ideas and technologies to make our shared library data consumable by library web services and rethink the model of shared cataloguing–to move away from record management to the management of entities that can be recognised and consumed on the web.

Note: This presentation and links/materials from it were mentioned in this infoDOCKET post from February 25, 2014. See: “Preview Release of OCLC Bibliographic Works Data as Linked Open Data & New WorldCat Linked Data Explorer Interface”

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