June 17, 2021

New Report from OCLC Research: “Transforming Metadata into Linked Data to Improve Digital Collection Discoverability: A CONTENTdm Pilot Project”

From OCLC Research:

This report shares the CONTENTdm Linked Data Pilot project findings. In this pilot project, OCLC and five partner institutions investigated methods for—and the feasibility of—transforming metadata into linked data to improve the discoverability and management of digitized cultural materials.

Transforming Metadata into Linked Data to Improve Digital Collection Discoverability shares the findings from the CONTENTdm Linked Data Pilot project. In this pilot project, OCLC partnered with five institutions that manage their digital collections with OCLC’s CONTENTdm service to investigate methods for—and the feasibility of—transforming metadata into linked data to improve the discoverability and management of digitized cultural materials and their descriptions.

Five institutions partnered with OCLC to collaborate on this Linked Data project, representing a diverse cross-section of different types of institutions:

  • The Cleveland Public Library
  • The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
  • The Minnesota Digital Library
  • Temple University Libraries
  • University of Miami Libraries

The CONTENTdm Linked Data Pilot project is another stage in a growing body of linked data research and development that OCLC has undertaken over the past decade. The findings detailed in this report examine the benefits of working in a linked data environment, the potential to develop a shared data model, and the challenges facing efforts to transform metadata into linked data.

Report Authors

Greta Bahnemann
Minnesota Digital Library

Michael Carroll
Temple University Libraries

Paul Clough
University of Miami Libraries

Mario Einaudi
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

Chatham Ewing
Cleveland Public Library

Jeff Mixter
OCLC Research

Jason Roy
Minnesota Digital Library

Holly Tomren
Temple University Libraries

Bruce Washburn
OCLC Research

Elliot Williams
University of Miami Libraries

Direct to Full Text Report
76 pages; PDF.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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