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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Elusive Quality

We talk a lot about data curation, but rarely about data quality. How do researchers determine if a dataset is appropriate for their intended purposes? They may need to know how the data was gathered (sometimes including the sensor equipment used and how it was calibrated), the degree of accuracy of the data, what null …

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Open Access Wikipedia Challenge on P2PU

It’s been traditional recently to hold Wikipedia Loves Libraries events during Open Access Week, and I fully support the practice. What’s also been traditional, in a way that I wanted to change, was the editathon format for those events. After scrunching my mind to brainstorm and consulting with other Wikipedia Loves Libraries volunteers on ways of …

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Adventures in Hadoop #4: A Trivial Mechanism to Review Results

As I’ve been learning more about how to use Hadoop via streaming, I discovered that I frequently needed an easy way to review records identified by a particular process. For example, my colleague Karen Smith-Yoshimura has recently been wanting to locate MARC records that have particular characteristics. She provides me with the set of characteristics …

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Wikipedia Loves Libraries — how you can participate?

Over the summer, our Wikipedian in Residence, Max, did two webinars that gave librarians a glimpse behind the curtain of Wikipedia. One of the things he highlighed in those webinars was Wikipedia Loves Libraries, a Wikipedia-conceived initiative to bring libraries (and archives) closer together. We were heartened to learn that at least two of the …

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Cousins: The Bookworm and Wikignome

As we all know, the best you can hope of a meeting is not a conclusion, but a chuckle at a statistical oddity. When OCLC’s Top Library Loans List came out, such a positive meeting was had. Upon glancing the pulp fiction (see chart below) I wondered if Wikipedia editors were also driven by such …

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