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Transforming Metadata into Linked Data to Improve Digital Collection Discoverability

Bahnemann, Greta, Michael Carroll, Paul Clough, Mario Einaudi, Chatham Ewing, Jeff Mixter, Jason Roy, Holly Tomren, Bruce Washburn, and Elliot Williams. 2021. Transforming Metadata into Linked Data to Improve Digital Collection Discoverability: A CONTENTdm Pilot Project. Dublin, OH: OCLC Research.

“The project was designed to help the OCLC team and the pilot participants better understand the following questions:• How divergent are the descriptive data practices across the institutions using CONTENTdm, and what tools are needed to make that assessment? • Can a shared and extensible data model be developed to support the differing needs and demands for a range of material types and institution types? • What is the right mix of human attention and automation to effectively reconcile metadata headings to linked data entities? • What types of tools can help extend the description of cultural materials to subject matter experts? • After metadata from different institutions and collections is transformed, are there new discovery tools that can help researchers find new—or previously hidden—connections through a centralized discovery system?• What are the institutional and individual interests in the paradigm shift of moving to linked data?…”

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