Current Cites – the amazing 25th anniversary

I suspect that a large part of the audience for this blog also subscribes to Current Cites the “annotated bibliography of selected articles, books, and digital documents on information technology” as the masthead describes it. Those of us who subscribe would describe it as “essential”. Those of us who publish newsletters describe the fact that …

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Library Linked Data in the Cloud

A book that a few of our colleagues have been working on for quite some time has now been released: Library Linked Data in the Cloud: OCLC’s Experiments with New Models of Resource Description. You can also preview it on Google Books. OCLC Research has been working with linked data for years, and we have developed …

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Bracket competition: And the winner is …

OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament #oclctourney Thanks to everyone who entered the 2015 OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament Bracket Competition! A quick re-cap of the rules: all entrants picked a conference. If no one chose the winning conference, then a random drawing would be held among all entrants to determine the winner of the prize. …

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Champion Revealed! Real-ly!

OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament #oclctourney The 2015 OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament Champion is … Our final round of competition tried to “keep it real” – realia, that is. Realia are “three-dimensional objects from real-life”, which can mean anything from valuable historical artifacts to … well, not-so-valuable yet interesting objects from all corners of …

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The Semi-Finals

OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament #oclctourney Thirty-two conferences started this journey, and now only two remain. The OCLC Research Collective Collection tournament is just one step away from crowning a Champion. Throw your brackets away and buckle your seat belts, because the tournament semi-finals are over and the finals are next! How many languages does …

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Round of Eight: Peaches and Pumpkins

OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament #oclctourney In December 1891, Dr. James Naismith rigged up an elevated peach basket in a Springfield, Massachusetts gymnasium – and the game of basketball was born. Now, nearly 125 years later, we celebrate Dr. Naismith’s innovation with the third round of the OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament. We are down …

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New MARC Usage Data Available

I just finished updating my “MARC Usage in WorldCat” web site that summarizes and reports on how MARC elements have been used in the 333,518,928 MARC records in WorldCat as of 1 Jan 2015. Not surprisingly, the totals for new fields such as 336, 337, and 338 have shot up, from some 9-10 million occurrences in …

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