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OCLC

OCLC breaks again the Library walls

OCLCHello,

OCLC has published an agreement with more than 200 publishers and content providers around the world to add metadata for books, e-books, jorunals, databases, etc. in order to facilitate their discovery and user access through WorldCat Discovery Services.

It is estimated that this agreement will provide to OCLC services’ users descriptive metadata for more than 1.9 billion resources, both in physical and electronic format.

With this agreement, OCLC continues to break the barriers of traditional library setting. In addition to the inclusion in bibliographic records of links to external resources (to online bookstores, website reviews as Goodreads, etc.), and the publication of metadata in Schema.org, OCLC will offer a new service which will surely be highly appreciated by its users.

Enjoy it!

Andreu Sulé

University of Barcelona

OCLC, Library of Congress and linked data: there is strength in numbers

Common Ground: Exploring Compatibilities Between the Linked Data Models of the Library of Congress and OCLCHello!

Few days ago, OCLC and Library of Congress have made to know a very interesting executive summary of a white paper, Common Ground: Exploring Compatibilities Between the Linked Data Models of the Library of Congress and OCLC, about the compatibility of linked data initiatives at both institutions. More specifically, between the Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME) at the Library of Congress and the Schema.org and BiblioGraph.net application profiles at OCLC.

Beyond the advance and future research lines of confluence between OCLC and the Library of Congress initiatives, this executive summary shows to what extent the linked data are in the forefront of the most important library organizations of the world.  How libraries are conscious that the future of information retrieval, discovery and access depends on the Web in a collaborative sense. That means they have to get out of its comfortable zone and to promote the interoperability of its data with agents of other communities. Linked data is here to stay!

Enjoy it!

Andreu Sulé

University of Barcelona