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SHARE Virtual Discovery Environment | SHARE VDE
The realization of this project is based on the Casalini Libri and @Cult partnership

SHARE VDE context

The development of this initiative started taking into account the following context:

  • Libraries with different systems, habits and cataloguing rules and traditions
  • The emerging Linked Data paradigm
  • The broader GLAM (Gallery, Library, Archive and Museum) community expectations
  • The opportunity to provide more comprehensive access to researchers and students
  • The consciousness of cultural and language diversities, and the large differences among the needs of disciplines.

Through the individual processes of analysis, enrichment, conversion and publication of data from Marc21 to RDF, and in the context of libraries with different systems, habits and cataloguing traditions, a prototype of a virtual discovery environment with a BIBFRAME three layered architecture (Person/Work, Instance, Item) is established.

In addition, the project will create a database of relationships that is open to the community and a common knowledge base of clusters that uses the paradigms of the semantic web but also allows the libraries to continue to handle their data as independently as possible.

Marc with URIs enriched records, and BIBFRAME 2.0 datasets are released in order to shape and explore the future data creation, supply and fruition models.

The project will also identify issues and problems related to these new information management processes and propose solutions.

The components and services mentioned in this proposal – from data creation, conversion, enrichment, clustering and supply, to the virtual discovery environment portal and interface – are designed to be available individually in as flexible configuration as possible for the library community’s needs.


The project is divided into three phases:

  • Phase 1 – Enrichment, conversion, publication and analysis for Phase 2
  • Phase 2 – Process enhancements and data refinements
  • Phase 3 – SHARE Virtual Discovery Environment in production

The participant Institutions

  • Stanford University (Phase 1/2)
  • University of California Berkeley (Phase 1/2)
  • Yale University (Phase 1/2)
  • Library of Congress (Phase 1/2)
  • University of Chicago (Phase 1/2)
  • University of Michigan Ann Arbor (Phase 1/2)
  • Harvard University (Phase 1/2)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Phase 1)
  • Duke University (Phase 2)
  • Cornell University (Phase 1)
  • Columbia University (Phase 1)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Phase 1/2)
  • Pennsylvania State University (Phase 2)
  • Texas A&M University (Phase 1/2)
  • University of Alberta (Phase 2)
  • University of Toronto (Phase 1)



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Case History

21 September 2021

Share-VDE 2.0 entity-based discovery platform

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15 January 2016


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15 January 2016


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