As we have said before, the Library of Congress and OCLC have been sharing information and approaches regarding library linked data. In a nutshell, we have two different use cases and strategies that we believe are compatible and complementary.
Now, in a just co-published white paper, we are beginning to share more details and evidence that this is the case.
This is actually just a high-level view of a more technical review of our approaches, and more details will be forthcoming in the months ahead. The Library of Congress’ main use case is to transition from MARC into a linked data world that will enable a much richer and more full-featured interface to library data. OCLC’s use case is to syndicate library data at scale into the wider web, as well as enabling richer online interactions for end-users.
OCLC is of course committed to enabling our member libraries to obtain the vital metadata they need for their work in appropriate formats, including BIBFRAME. This is one of the things we make clear in this paper.
As always, we want to know what you think. So download the paper, read it, and let us know in the comments below, or by email to the authors (their addresses on the title page verso) what you think.
Roy Tennant works on projects related to improving the technological infrastructure of libraries, museums, and archives.