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Metadata Mixer: OCLC Data Science Initiatives

Speaker: Jean Godby, Ph.D, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC
Time: Wednesday, June 6th, 4-5pm
Location: Rush, 213
Title: OCLC Data Science Initiatives
Presentation: [slides]

Bio: Jean Godby is a Senior Research Scientist at OCLC. She has spent over twenty-five years exploring data-oriented research interests in library metadata standards, schema mapping and transformation, exchange between libraries and publishers, knowledge discovery, and new models of resource description. Jean currently leads a team of researchers and engineers on projects featuring data science and linked data. Jean has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Ohio State University.

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Abstract: Data Science Research and Development at OCLC. This presentation will survey projects now underway that use data-science solutions to address users’ perceptions that library metadata is noisy, redundant, and not entirely fit for purpose. Data quality has always been a research interest at OCLC. But in today’s environment, this work is more urgent because it is being conducted as library resource description is undergoing a generational change.

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