OCLC’s Andrew Pace on “Linked Data in Libraries: From Disillusionment to Productivity”
What does “productive linked data” look like?
What could linked data cataloging mean for library workers and end users?
- Catalogers will trade re-work for pioneering new work, refocusing on materials and not on formatting strings, abandon local aggregation and cleanup of others’ data, and integrate “authority work” through more efficient “identity management.”
- Special collections staff will reveal hidden collections, gain methods for handing new or odd formats, encourage the participation of their communities of practice, and surface materials for community experts to enrich.
- Library administrators will free staff from aggregation, cleanup, and authority work; move knowledge work to the cloud; enable more experimentation; and embed the library more deeply in knowledge creation and sharing on their campuses and in their communities.
- End users will encounter context-enriched data, access language and script versatility, find their communities of practice, and discover new pathways of inquiry with an ability to answer questions they didn’t know to ask.
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See Also: OCLC Research Releases Results of International Linked Data Survey for Implementers
See Also: Video: Lessons Learned from a Linked Data Prototype for Managing Bibliographic Data (OCLC Research “Works in Progress” Webinar)
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.