May 22, 2022

OCLC Research Posts Results of International Linked Data Survey, Examples Too!

The first two posts in a news series on the Hanging Together Blog from OCLC Research. Those of you interested in linked data will want to take a look at the findings and then visit many of the projects.

Post one features results from the OCLC Research International Linked Data Survey.

Post two provides examples of linked data project currently in production.

Both posts were written by Karen Smith-Yoshimura, a member of the OCLC Research team.

1. “Linked Data Survey results – Who’s doing it”

We received 92 responses to the international linked data survey conducted between 7 July and 15 August 2014. (So who is using linked data? And for what?) OCLC colleagues also responded to the survey and reported on 6 projects/services for comparison. So now we have some answers to share!

Although the survey was designed specifically for implementers of linked data projects/services, 26 of the 92 responses said they had not implemented nor were implementing a linked data project. Seven of them plan on implementing a linked data project within the next two years and 10 are planning to apply for funding to implement one. Some of them also pointed to interesting linked data projects they’re tracking, which included respondents to the survey (Oslo Public Library, BIBFRAME, Europeana, Yale Center for British Art).

The remaining 66 responses reported implementing 160 linked data projects/services; 68 of them are described. 23 of the projects consume linked data; 3 publish linked data; 42 both consume and publish linked data.

A Lot More Info in the Complete Post

2. “Linked Data Survey results: Examples in production”

38 in production projects are listed with links to all of them.

The compilation includes projects from American Numismatic Society, British Museum, North Carolina State University, Smithsonian Libraries, University of North Texas, and MANY others.

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