The tail of the COMET (Project)

Today the University of Cambridge released the final dataset from its COMET (Cambridge Open METadata) project. The final dataset contains more than 600,000 records derived from OCLC’s WorldCat available as both Marc21 and RDF triples under an Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-BY). All the previous data sets released, as well as this one, have …

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More From the “Murky Bucket”

The inspiration for my title comes from Lorcan Dempsey, who some years ago, before I joined him at OCLC, put a name to the unease I had been feeling about the state of library metadata. In a Library Journal column I had bemoaned the fact that not only was it impossible for library users to …

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Monster Mash

Tomorrow Bruce Washburn and I leave from the San Mateo office of OCLC Research to help run the WorldCat Mashathon in Boston (well, Cambridge, really, but you could toss a rock across the river and hit Boston). I really enjoy these events, since it is a couple days of helping library programmers learn about OCLC …

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Breaking Open the ILS Silos

In 2007-2008, the Digital Library Federation (DLF) convened a Task Group to recommend standard interfaces for integrating the data and services of the Integrated Library System (ILS) with new applications supporting user discovery. The group produced a report with recommendations in December 2008. After that not much happened. In February 2010, at the Code4Lib Conference, …

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Next-Gen Harvesting

Metadata harvesting (collecting metadata from others and aggregating it in a collection) is not new. Although there are any number of ways to do this, the OAI-PMH protocol for metadata harvesting is often used and has been around for years. It defines a small set of actions that allows anyone to discover what sets of …

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ORCID and ISNI: Author, Swineherd, Taxman, Alcohol Researcher

At recent meetings I attended in Washington D.C. there was significant hallway discussion about the Open Researcher Contributor Identification (ORCID) initiative. Given the science orientation of the meetings this initiative to resolve the problem of name ambiguity and attribution in scholarly publication was particularly welcomed. As you’ll see if you visit the ORCID site this …

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The Straight Dope on OAIster

As many of you are probably aware, OCLC and the University of Michigan announced last January that OCLC was taking over the OAIster aggregation of metadata harvested from OAI-compliant repositories. The University of Michigan was no longer able to support it, and was looking for assistance in sustaining this valuable community resource. As Kat Hagedorn …

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Context for Metasearch

Last Friday the Encoded Archival Context (EAC) standard for archival authorities was released to the international community for review. Warning: an EAC record is not your grandmother’s MARC authority record. EAC is a companion standard to Encoded Archival Description (EAD), yet now seems to be useful well beyond the world of archives. Managing collections archivally …

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Networking names

Our Networking Names report has just been published! I was pleased to see this morning a number of tweets announcing it – or echoing other tweets. I blogged last November about names touching everything soon after the Networking Names Advisory Group met together at the Met. The fifteen members of the advisory group have spent …

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