Transforming Metadata into Linked Data to Improve Digital Collection Discoverability

beSpacific 2021-01-21

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?…”