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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A story about the spirituality of libraries

At the AMICAL 2016 conference, I heard an inspiring story about the cyclical destruction and revival of libraries. Dr. Richard Hodges, President of the AU of Rome, began his welcome message as follows: “Unlike what many of you may believe, you don’t come from Silicon Valley, you come from the monks”. He went on to …

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My first library job

  My first library “job” was as “volunteen” for the summer reading program at the Garden Grove Chapman Branch of the Orange County Public Library. I did this during the summers in junior high school and into my freshman year of high school. I spent my time helping smaller kids tally up the number of …

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Getting identifiers created for legacy names

That was the topic discussed recently by OCLC Research Library Partners metadata managers, initiated by John Riemer of UCLA and Jennifer Baxmeyer of Princeton. A sizable quantity of legacy names are represented only by text strings in bibliographic records; authority records are created only by institutions involved in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging’s Name Authority …

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Persistent identifiers for local collections

That was the topic discussed recently by OCLC Research Library Partners metadata managers, initiated by Jackie Shieh of George Washington University, Naun Chew of Cornell and Dawn Hale of Johns Hopkins University. Information professionals want to repurpose, present and connect the data they have created and curated from century-old standards and practices by publishing library …

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