This release of work-level records as Linked Data appears to include records for a very large number of legal works.
The release seems to include a high proportion of the legal works in the OCLC database, amounting to tens of thousands of legal works from many different nations.
The release is of potential interest to developers of legal information systems that use Linked Data technology: these new OCLC work-level records can be linked to by, or integrated with, other legal information resources that employ Linked Data.
Tennant means “work” as that term is used in the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) framework.
FRBR has been incorporated into some major legal metadata standards, including Akoma Ntoso, CEN MetaLex, and the LEX naming convention (specifying URN:LEX and the HTTP-based LEX identifier).
FRBR has been implemented in some legal information systems, including Legislation.gov.uk, the MetaLex Document Server, the Brazilian Senate’s LexML system, and the implementations of Akoma Ntoso and the LEX Naming Convention.
According to Tennant, the OCLC announcement was posted by Richard Wallis at Data Liberate.