Step Three: Iterative Conversion of Non-Catalog Library Systems

The final step in the Phase Two Linked Data transformation is the conversion of non-cataloging library systems to Linked Data operations through either the development of necessary connectors or the adoption of Linked Data native versions of these systems as they become available. As with transitioning workflows, there is an advantage to pursing an iterative approach to this last phase of transformation. Attempting to transition all systems simultaneously would be highly disruptive to overall operations. It increases the likelihood of introducing a cascading error scenario where failures propagate across nodes in the information pipeline. This increases the impact of the inherent difficulty of troubleshooting. Transitioning one system at a time simplifies this process, localizing error potential, facilitating troubleshooting, and reducing potential impacts to the entire information ecosystem. Additionally, there are labor benefits to transitioning small teams at a time as opposed to transitioning the entire team over a short period of time. The small team approach offers management efficiencies and also simplifies human resources on-boarding and off-boarding.

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