Code4Lib NorCal Hosted by OCLC Research

Yesterday the San Mateo, CA office of OCLC Research hosted the first Code4Lib NorCal regional meetup and mini-conference. About 35 people attended from Stanford, UC Berkeley, CSU Chancellor’s Office, UCSF, CSU San Luis Obispo, CSU Fresno, Sonoma State, San Jose State, and other colleges (no public libraries unfortunately). Code4Lib NorCal joins the growing ranks of regional groups that …

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Graph-ted on: Dewey and Wikipedia

Introduction Since entering the library world, I’ve been fascinated by the substream of uber-geeks which are the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) nerds. It was the enthusiastic and technical-leaning banter of Editor-in-Chief Michael Panzer, that enticed me. When I learned that the DDC is designed to be able to describe all possible concepts, and then also …

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OCLC Control Numbers in the wild

A few weeks ago, Jim posted about OCLC Control Numbers and their public domain status. In that posting, Jim wrote, of the OCN, “It’s an important element in linked library data that helps in the creation and maintenance of work sets and provides a mechanism to disambiguate authors and titles.” He went on to detail …

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Sex Ratios in Wikidata, Wikipedias, and VIAF part 2

Now that VIAFbot has finished importing VIAF IDs into Wikidata, I wanted to demonstrate what kind of work could be done with those connections.  In March, using Wikidata, I investigated the sex ratios of different Wikipedias. I compared the Wikidata Items that used the semantic property ‘sex’ to which Wikipedia language versions contained those items. …

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Sex Ratios in Wikidata, Wikipedias, and VIAF

Last week I wrote about the ‘rope bridge’ between Wikidata and VIAF, and the new research it would afford. Today I bring you a sample of that research. I am investigating the sex associated with different Wikipedia Biography Articles for two reasons. Firstly, the Properties “Sex” and “VIAF” are two of the top 10 most …

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The Ropebridges: Authority Control in Wikidata

You may recall that our Wikipedia reciprocal linking robot “VIAFbot” finished adding Authority Control to more than a quarter of a million (English language) Wikipedia articles, but what was the utility? Five months on, that question has been answered. Luckily, and unsurprisingly, other netizens proved additional Wikipedia -> VIAF linking utility. Unanticipated reuse is the …

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