Chapter 4. New Uses for Knowledge Bases

Kristen Wilson


Chapter 4 of Library Technology Reports (vol. 52, no. 6), “The Knowledge Base at the Center of the Universe”

Explores innovative uses of electronic resources knowledge base data in the library field. Areas addressed include the development of enhanced knowledge base data, use of APIs, integrations with external systems, and decision support functionality.

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