Learning Commons: well-made in Japan

During a very hectic, very interesting week visiting research libraries in Japan last week I had the good fortune to tour the new (April 2013) Learning Commons at Doshisha University. It is not a library-managed facility but the library helps to staff it along with other Student Support Services staff. The facility itself is as …

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OCLC Control Numbers – Lots of them; all public domain

For the last few years I have been part of a group of OCLC staff charged with articulating data sharing practices that are consistent with the WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities for the OCLC Cooperative. We’ve made good progress towards openness while making expectations and practices more regular and consistent. The recommendation to use the ODC …

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ISBNs in WorldCat

Recently a question came up on the BIBFRAME list about ISBNs, and how many of them were in MARC records. This is just the kind of question that OCLC Research is uniquely placed to answer, so I quickly wrote some simple Perl code to run as a Hadoop streaming job to find out. It was …

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We Want to Send You to SemTechBiz

SemTechBiz is a major conference for those who are using semantic web technologies like linked data, RDF, Schema.org, etc. It is being held June 2-5 in San Francisco and OCLC and LITA have teamed up to send a librarian there to share the good work that libraries are doing to produce and consume linked data. …

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“Cataloging Unchained”

Lorcan Dempsey (VP of Research at OCLC) has long said that we need to “make our data work harder.” And for years that is exactly what OCLC Research has been doing. So when I was asked to speak on data mining at the OCLC European, Middle East, and African Regional Council Meeting in Strasbourg, France, …

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