Presented by Trish Rose-Sandler at the Annual Conference of the Visual Resources Association, March 12-15, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Session 11, Brave New World Cataloging: Using RDF and Linked Open Data for the Semantic Web
ORGANIZER: Sheryl Frisch, California Polytechnic State University
MODERATOR: Trish Rose-Sandler, Center for Biodiversity Informatics, Missouri Botanical Garden
• Trish Rose-Sandler, Center for Biodiversity Informatics, Missouri Botanical Garden
• Jeffrey Mixter, Kent State University Research Support
• Georgina Goodlander, Smithsonian American Art Museum
• Patricia Harpring, Getty Vocabulary Program, Getty Research Institute
RDF (Resource Description Format) and LOD (Linked Open Data) are two key components in the ongoing development of the Semantic Web (the structured linking of web-based information to enable users anywhere to find, share, and combine information more easily). Although we are used to working in information silos much of the time, the Semantic Web can allow data to be discovered, shared and reused across application, enterprise, and community boundaries. The speakers will demonstrate how our existing data (from both VR collections and museums) can be transformed to the RDF format; how the effort can be shared in a community; and how LOD will affect and expand the tools we use daily to provide controlled vocabulary terms.