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Tea Time With Katina And Leah

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Question: How much does a cumulus cloud weigh?

Answer: A typical cumulus cloud can weigh over 1 million pounds. Scientists say if you assume an average cumulus cloud about a kilometer tall and a kilometer wide (.6 miles in either direction), then it would be about 1 billion cubic meters in volume and contain 500 million grams of water. That equates to 1.1 million pounds. But it’s less dense than dry air, so it floats. When it finally gets too heavy with water, it falls to the ground in the form of rain.

This is worth a look. OCLC has released “Linked data: The future of library cataloging,” a position paper that articulates the value that linked data can bring to library catalogs, and the tools already available to help ease libraries into creating a more interconnected experience for information seekers.

The brief, 12-page paper follows decades of linked data research, to experiments and prototypes, the creation of more than 150 million WorldCat Entities, and, most recently, to the web application and APIs now available through OCLC Meridian that libraries can use to get started. “For years, OCLC has seen linked data as the future of library cataloging,” said Mary Sauer-Games, OCLC Vice President, Global Product Management. “We have explored the best and most efficient ways to move catalogues and cataloguing away from MARC to ensure they connect with other information streams. We’re at a point now where librarians are using new tools and applications to see for themselves the impact that linked data can have on library catalogs. So, the future is here, yet we know that the move to linked data will not happen overnight. We want to make it easy for libraries of all types and sizes to experiment with linked data within their current workflows so that they can move at their own pace.”

The position paper helps answer the question of why the move to linked data is important for libraries. oclc.org

“The possible is constantly being refined,” said Paul G. Allen. Allen  co-founded  Microsoft Corporation with his childhood friend Bill Gates in 1975, which helped spark the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s. His father, Sam Allen, was a librarian. Allen died in 1953. He was a philanthropist, an accomplished guitarist, ocean explorer, entrepreneur, and passionate collector. Christie’s will be selling 150 of Allen’s objects of scientific and historical importance. christies.com

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