Now Available! OCLC Research Report on Lessons from Project Passage

Did my earlier posts summarizing the goals, content, and use cases and some of the lessons learned and reflections from our Project Passage experiences whet your appetite to read the report? Well, now it’s here!

Godby, Jean, Karen Smith-Yoshimura, Bruce Washburn, Kalan Knudson Davis, Karen Detling, Christine Fernsebner Eslao, Steven Folsom, Xiaoli Li, Marc McGee, Karen Miller, Honor Moody, Craig Thomas, and Holly Tomren. 2019. Creating Library Linked Data with Wikibase: Lessons Learned from Project Passage. Dublin, OH: OCLC Research. .

The 90-page report includes 30 figures, 5 tables, and 151 references. An introduction of the context in which the pilot was created is followed by an overview of the MediaWiki/Wikibase platform and the OCLC Research project prototypes, details of the eight use cases, some lessons learned and reflections, and a “looking forward” section.

Dorothea Salo tweeted following my first summary:

“Can I just say, I’m really impressed with OCLC Research’s let’s-poke-at-Wikibase project. Participants wholly devoid of onus in any direction approached Wikibase to see what it could usefully do in a library context.”

One of the most retweeted excerpts from my previous blog post:

“Transitioning from human-readable records to knowledge graphs represents a paradigm shift. … The most important new task is changing the focus on the ‘item in hand’ to ‘what entities matter to this object?'”

I hope you enjoy reading the report and that you agree it was worth waiting for!