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About Me[edit]

Hi. I'm Jeff.

I am a software architect with 30+ years of experience in the library industry. My particular interest is web interoperability.

Conflict of Interest Statement[edit]

I, User:Realworldobject, am an employee of OCLC, a non profit membership organization dedicated to serving the global library community, and helping to provide broad access to library resources. I will not make any edits that would not be beneficial to the goals of Wikipedia.

As an employee in the OCLC Research division, I am particularly interested in the architecture and interfaces of Wiki* and how they relate to the GLAM community. Here are some specific areas where my research interests have overlapped with my edits on Wikipedia:

  • I have some historical involvement with and made a minor edit when administration of the service was transferred to Internet Archive. Because of my involvement with, this change was probably in violation of the conflict of interest policy and I should have suggested it on the talk page instead. Reading through the Conflict of Interest guidelines, I see that now.
  • I have some involvement with OCLC's Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) service and added a reference for it in the Authority Control article. As with the edit, I see now that I should have suggested the change on its talk page rather than editing the article directly.
  • I notice that the Cite feature in the Wikipedia editor is able to generate usable citations from WorldCat record URLs. WorldCat is an open online global bibliographic catalog owned by my employer, OCLC. I added a few just to see what happened, but I don't plan to do more since it could be construed as a conflict of interest.
  • Other COI disclosures:

Hereafter, I will endeavor to follow the conflict of interest guidelines and also update this profile to account for the procedures. I also promise to modify my editing behavior based on problems cited by other editors or if my editing conflicts with other Wikipedia guidelines. I ask that other editors do not hesitate to contact me, via my user talk page, if I appear to be going against this declaration.--Realworldobject (talk) 22:55, 14 October 2017 (UTC)


Conflicts of Interest[edit]

UserpageCOI.svgThis user has made a public declaration indicating that they have a conflict of interest with regard to the following Wikipedia article(s):