May 18, 2022

Video: Lessons Learned from a Linked Data Prototype for Managing Bibliographic Data (OCLC Research “Works in Progress” Webinar)

The video recording embedded below of an OCLC webinar was recorded on October 30, 2018 and posted online earlier today. Slides from the webinar are also available below.


Lessons Learned from a Linked Data Prototype for Managing Bibliographic Data


Bruce Washburn, Principal Engineer, OCLC

Stephen Hearn, Metadata Strategist, University of Minnesota

Marc McGee, Geospatial Metadata Librarian, Harvard University

John Chapman, Senior Product Manager, Metadata Management, OCLC


Several research libraries have joined with OCLC in a joint research project prototyping a new suite of linked data services. This unique project uses the out-of-the-box services from Wikibase and a high-quality set of name entities available from FAST, VIAF, and Wikidata to prototype services to 1) reconcile names for people, organizations, concepts, places, and events against an index based on entities, returning language-tagged headings and persistent identifiers; and 2) create, edit, and share and edit entity descriptions while also allowing for the contribution of additional contextual relationships between entities, beyond those that can be found by mining structured data in bibliographic and authority data.


This briefing will cover: the implementation and scalability of the Wikibase technology, as well as insights into the partnership with the Wikibase community; analysis of the improved reconciliation of legacy bibliographic data to linked data entities; discussion of the efficacy and efficiency of introducing linked data tools in metadata management workflows; use cases driving development and potential production implementation of the tools.


Slides (pptx)

Linked Data Wikibase Prototype Project (via OCLC)
Includes list of project members, timeline, presentation, video recordings, etc.

Direct to Wikibase 

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.