The OCLC Research Library Partnership: the challenges of developing scholarly services in a decentralized landscape

On November 1st, North American members of the OCLC Research Library Partnership came together in Baltimore to engage in day-long discussion on three concurrent topics: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) efforts, unique and distinctive collections, and scholarly communications and workflows. My colleagues Karen Smith-Yoshimura and Merrilee Proffitt have previously written on the first two discussions. Scholarly communications in a …

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Take the OCLC-euroCRIS survey of research information management practices

Research information management (RIM), also often called Current Research Information Systems (CRISs), is the aggregation, curation, and utilization of metadata about research activities. Institutional RIM adoption, in tandem with activities by publishers, funders, and libraries, can help to reliably connect a complex scholarly communications landscape of researchers, affiliations, publications, datasets, grants, projects, and their persistent …

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Trust, sustainability, collaboration. . . and research libraries under the Greek sun

We recently returned from attending the LIBER annual conference, held in Patras, Greece. LIBER is the Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries and serves as an important professional organization for national and university libraries throughout Europe. We attended to talk with European research librarians and also to present preliminary …

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Visualizing Digital Humanities Workshop

Last month I and four OCLC colleagues—William Harvey, Rob Koopman, Shenghui Wang, and Jeff Young—participated in a “Visualizing Digital Humanities” workshop held at the Lorentz Center at the University of Leiden (photo at right).  It brought together experts who had created “research datasets”, scholars, and visualization experts. Two of the four datasets were created by …

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Linked data panel at ALIA Information Online 2017 Conference

I had the honor of being invited to participate in a linked data panel at the ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association) Information Online conference held in Sydney last month. We panelists were pleasantly surprised by the turnout—about 200 people attended our session, more than anticipated (standing room only). The conference organizers were amazingly prompt …

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More on international linked data survey for implementers

D-Lib Magazine has just published my analysis of the 2015 International Linked Data Survey for Implementers.* I published the results of the 2014 linked data survey in a series of blog posts here between 28 August 2014 and 8 September 2014 (1 — Who’s doing it; 2 — Examples in production; 3 — Why and what institutions are …

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