November 1, 2018

Stanford Libraries announces Linked Data for Production (LD4P) cohort members and subgrant recipients

Stanford, CA—Seventeen academic libraries have been invited to join the LD4P Cohort being led by Stanford Libraries as part of an Andrew W. Mellon grant to dramatically shift how libraries create metadata and greatly improve how users discover library holdings.  Joining grant partner institutions Stanford, Cornell, Harvard and the University of Iowa on the cohort are representatives from the following libraries: 

  • University of Alberta
  • Harry Ransom Center/University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Chicago
  • Duke University
  • Frick Collection
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • National Library of Medicine
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Princeton University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of California Davis
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of Washington
  • Yale University

Libraries remain heavily invested in a fifty-year-old communication strategy, originally designed for magnetic tape-based computers, that has isolated them from the development of the Web. Philip Schreur, Associate University Librarian for Technical Services at Stanford, explains how the LD4P grant aims to transition the communication approach to linked data, the language of the semantic Web, “so libraries can integrate their data into the Web in an intelligible way, take advantage of critical data sources available on the Web, and evolve with the Web as the ‘lingua franca’ of a new generation of scholars.”

All cohort participants are also members of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), an international cooperative effort aimed at expanding access to library collections by providing useful, timely, and cost-effective cataloging that meets mutually accepted standards of libraries around the world.  PCC helped Stanford, Cornell, Harvard and the University of Iowa with guidance on policy development and training, laying a strong foundation for the cohort. 

The Cohort was established, according to Schreur, to engage a much broader audience to ensure the transition from the current MARC-based system to linked data-based workflows is successful.  Cohort members will receive intensive training and a stipend from the LD4P grant to help member institutions transition to linked data.  

The first meeting of the LD4P Cohort occurred mid-October in Washington D.C. at the Library of Congress.