Registering researchers in authority files

Last month we launched a new task group of OCLC Research Library Partner staff and others who are involved in uniquely identifying authors and researchers that can be shared in a linked data environment. We were spurred by institutions’ need to uniquely identify all their researchers to measure their scholarly output, a factor in reputation …

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OAICatMuseum now supports the LIDO XML Schema

One of the contributions made by OCLC Research to its Museum Data Exchange project was the OAICatMuseum OAI-PMH repository software. OAICatMuseum is an extension to OCLC’s OAICat software that included support for delivering records in the CDWA Lite XML schema. Since that project completed in 2009, work has continued within the cultural materials community towards …

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Yet more social metadata for LAMs

Today we released Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums, Part 3: Recommendations and Readings. This is the last in a series of three reports a 21-member Social Metadata Working Group from five countries produced as the result of our research in 2009 and 2010. The cultural heritage organizations in the OCLC Research Library Partnership …

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Social metadata for LAMs on Facebook

Since sites relevant to libraries, archives and museums that support social metadata are changing and new ones are appearing quickly, the Social Metadata Working Group wanted to have a way for others to share information about the new or enhanced sites they come across. They also wanted to be able to point to interesting articles, …

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More social metadata for LAMs

Today we released Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums, Part 2: Survey Analysis. This is the second of a series of three reports a 21-member Social Metadata Working Group from five countries produced as the result of our research in 2009 and 2010. The cultural heritage organizations in the OCLC Research Library Partnership have …

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Social metadata for LAMs

Metadata helps users locate resources that meet their specific needs. But metadata also helps us to understand the data we find and helps us to evaluate what we should spend our time on. Traditionally, staff at libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) create metadata for the content they manage. However, social metadata—content contributed by users—is evolving …

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Special delivery

Deliver a lot. Deliver a little. It’s all about delivery. We’ve been doing a lot of work around here on strategies to make it easy for users to get their ‘hands’ on special collections. Most recently, Ricky published a snazzy piece on mechanics for large-scale digitization of non-book materials,  Rapid capture. These real-life examples dovetail …

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