May 19, 2022

Bibliographic Framework Initiative: OCLC and Library of Congress Publish White Paper on Linked Data

From OCLC:

Jointly released by OCLC and the Library of Congress, this white paper compares and contrasts the compatible linked data initiatives at both institutions.  It is an executive summary of a more detailed technical analysis that will be released later this year.

Highlights From the Report

  • Work on the Library of Congress’ BIBFRAME vocabulary has advanced nearly to the point of testing its use for original cataloging, which they will be doing later this year
  • OCLC has published linked data on using both the vocabulary as well as extensions to that vocabulary defined at
  • LC and OCLC continue to work collaboratively to identify the different use cases of these efforts and how they complement each other in a rich bibliographic universe.

Direct to Full Text White Paper: Common Ground: Exploring Compatibilities Between the Linked Data Models of the Library of Congress and OCLC (12 pages; PDF, US Letter Version)

Direct to Full Text White Paper: White Paper (A4 Version; PDF)

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