A $2.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is boosting a multi-institution initiative to develop tools and workflows that improve the sharing of catalogue data among libraries and help internet users discover library resources on the web.
Known as Linked Data for Production, the project is part of a long-term collaboration among Cornell University Library, Stanford Libraries and the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa.
Through linked data, information about books and other items in library records will be enhanced by related information from external online sources.
At the same time, data about library holdings can be found more easily using internet search engines, which rely on links between resources.
Additionally, linked data will allow machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms to better interpret data about library holdings, enabling new types of discovery and analysis.
The Mellon Foundation has supported work in the area since the Linked Data for Libraries project which began in 2014. The second phase of the linked-data initiative started in 2016 and brought together 17 libraries to create a shared cataloging environment. The current third phase will focus on sustainable models for linking data through expanded partnerships with other library groups, including the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, OCLC and Wikidata.
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