1. ‘GLAMorous’ LOD
Dr. Barry Norton,
Development Manager, ResearchSpace*
The British Museum
* supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
• Ten years… where’s the ‘Semantic Web’?
• OK, but… isn’t this just about the Web?
• If we give away our precious data, won’t people
make untrue claims?
3. Semantic Web?
• 13 years since this article
• 13 years ago, a young PhD
student is glamorised by
• 8 years ago, teaching alongside
Jim… to European PhD students
• 2 years ago teaching in Berkeley
every Summer, switch to training
BBC, Wiley, British Museum…
4. Wait… what?
5. … what?
6. … what?
“40% decline in trafﬁc when the
structured data was broken”
7. What changed?
• Stopped trying to build Semantic Web as precursor
to people wanting to use it
• Starting putting data out there so people could
incrementally build clever things
8. Two datasets
9. Back to the Web
10. Back to the Web
11. More on the Web
• This is (was?) the wrong picture
12. Two large graphs
Google Knowledge Graph
disambiguates search entities
and provides data
Wikidata disambiguates Wikipedia
entities and provides data
13. Is this just about the Web?
• Can now include events
and people as Linked
Data in email
• Import into (different)
• Can announce music-
related events in Linked
Data and calendar
• Looking for richer model
for music for schema.org
This is now about
14. Richer models
rich enough model to talk about
Yale’s Hadleigh Castle and relationship to ours
15. Untrue claims?
• For years a (naive) objection to Linked Data has
• “If I publish my data and give my things identiﬁers
(URIs), won’t people make untrue claims?”
• a reusable set of Linked Data-based components, making up
• a platform that allows researchers to make claims (additions and changes to
GLAM data) -
• that preserves and aggregates canonical data across Museums (LAMs),
• attributes claims,
• records arguments based on
• provenanced data annotation,
• image annotation
• forum-based discussion with explicit annotation
• will allow inference over claims