Linked Data for Librarians

by Seth van Hooland and Ruben Verborgh

Part 1 – Module 1: Introduction

Linked Data for Librarians

by Seth van Hooland and Ruben Verborgh

Part 1 – Module 1: Introduction

Institute of Museum and Library Services Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics

[Red panda]
©2013 Abby Wood, Smithsonian National Zoo
[Nile perch]
©2016 Ashley Halls
[Cat and dog]
©2016 Ashley Halls

Libraries and Linked Data…

Integrating the different paradigms is challenging!

Goal of these modules

Seeing beyond the hype

But wait…
Why do we actually need a smarter Web?

Both humans and machines need access to structured and semantically meaningful data on the Web.

[Results from the Knowledge Graph]
©2017 Google

Even if the road to integrate library catalogs within a smarter Web is bumpy and uncertain, it is no option to just stick with our former practices and tools…

MARC has been an invaluable tool, but its card-based record-centric focus has also effectively locked our data in a tower and only those close aligned with the library profession have access to the key.

F. Tim Knight, 2011

Progress with Linked Data in libraries

Important work on both the cataloging rules and the format has taken place over the last few years:

Will Linked Data help you find a job?
Yes, if you acquire new skills!

Structure of the learning materials:
two parts with five modules each.

  1. Part 1 – Introduction and context
    • Overview of data models, limits and possibilities of RDF, and a specific focus on data quality and cleaning to underline some of the challenges to implement Linked Data in libraries
  2. Part 2 – Advanced topics and future
    • Metadata reconciliation and enriching, overview of architectural aspects of Linked Data with REST and the importance of decentralisation and federation

Structure of each module

  1. Introduction video
    • Overview and context of each module
  2. Slide deck
    • Interactive HTML slides detailing the course content, containing links to relevant other information sources
  3. Self-assessment exercises
    • Each module contains auto-evaluation exercises, allowing you to check your learning outcomes

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