This sounds very good. Congratulations to OCLC on receiving the Mellon grant!
I do have a question. Your statement says: "OCLC will use the grant funding to publish authoritative and easily accessible entity descriptions for works and persons as part of a persistent, centralized infrastructure. The infrastructure will aggregate links to other representations of those works and persons in external vocabularies and authority files. OCLC will also provide APIs to support libraries implementing metadata workflows for linked data."
From that information it is not clear to me if the linked data that OCLC is making available will include data that is not specifically part of designations of persons or descriptions of works, such as controlled vocabulary terms for Medium of Performance, Digital File Characteristics, etc. Right now those kinds of terms can be linked in MODS records, but they have not been linkable in OCLC MARC records. Just wondering.
Thank you, and good luck with the project!
Music Metadata Librarian
Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
Some of you may have seen different announcements regarding this, but I am pleased to announce the following news!
been awarded a grant from the Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation for
$2.436 million to develop a shared “Entity Management Infrastructure” that will support linked data management initiatives underway in the library and scholarly communications community.
OCLC will match this grant funding with additional investments to publish authoritative and easily accessible
entity descriptions for works and persons as part of a persistent, centralized infrastructure that will be jointly curated by the community and OCLC when completed in December 2021.
This infrastructure will also aggregate links to other representations of works and persons in external vocabularies
and authority files that will provide a solid foundation for libraries, cultural heritage organizations and scholarly communications communities to ultimately make their materials more connected and discoverable on the web. Please visit oc.lc/mellon-grant to
learn more and let me know if I can clarify any questions.
Nathan B. Putnam
Director of Metadata Quality