First, I’d like to start by telling you a little bit about my motivation for presenting about Linked Data and libraries. First, I just think it’s a really interesting idea to think about and in a time where it seems like everyone is debating the future of libraries, I get really fascinated thinking about Linked Data and what it could mean for our library data.
I’ll be taking breaks for questions, but definitely feel free to stop me if you have a question as we’re going along.
Query languages are “computer languages used to make queries into databases and information systems.” --Wikipedia.
Allows you to link your blog content to other semantically-related content.
There are a number of different ways in which our data is in a silo, compared to other data on the Web. It exists in our catalogs, which are not always accessible. It exists in MARC format, which is used by no one else.
But I think that one of the major ways in which our information is in a silo of its own is because we insist on thinking about bibliographic records instead of bibliographic data.
The elements of author, title, etc., only really have meaning in the context of the record.
MARC format, our encoding standard, is set up to exchange records, not data.
Partnership between the Archives of Michigan, the Internet Archive, Freebase, Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond, and LookBackMaps.Does anyone know of any other examples, either of data that is out there, or particular projects?
Ask for input from audience
What is Linked Data, and What Does It Mean for Libraries? Emily Dust Nimsakont ALAO TEDSIG Spring Meeting May 27, 2011 Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mklingo/245562110/
This is an overview… Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/magnusvk/4090803400/
What is Linked Data? How do we create Linked Data? Examples of Linked Data What does Linked Data mean for libraries? Are there drawbacks to Linked Data? What’s next? What can I do?
Wikipedia says… “Linked Data describes a method of publishing structured data, so that it can be interlinked and become more useful. It builds upon standard web technologies, such as HTTP and URIs - but rather than using them to serve web pages for human readers, it extends them to share information in a way that can be read automatically by computers.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linked_Data
The inventor of the Web said… “I have a dream for the Web [in which computers] become capable of analyzing all the data on the Web – the content, links, and transactions between people and computers.” Tim Berners-Lee, 1999
What does Linked Data look like? “That is kind of like asking what electricity looks like: it doesn’t so much look like anything, as it makes certain things possible.” Karen Coyle Visualizing Linked Data http://kcoyle.blogspot.com/2011/04/visualizing-linked-data.html
What does Linked Data look like? http://openlibrary.org
Civil War Data 150 http://www.civilwardata150.net
Part II:What Could Linked Data Mean for Librarians?
Different workflows Catalogers could use URIs for things like authors’ names or subject headings. If information changed, the URI could be changed and automatically update the information in our catalogs.
Evaluating metadata Metadata could come from various sources. “Professional cataloging might be more of a job of aggregating and improving harvested or contributed metadata, rather than developing new metadata, like MARC records, for resources.” -Virginia Schilling “The Catalogers’ Revenge: Unleashing the Semantic Web” PNLA Quarterly 74:3, 2010 http://unllib.unl.edu/LPP/PNLA%20Quarterly/schilling74-3.pdf
New homes for librarians’ skills? “Someday there will be a Dewey Decimal number for everything – not just for books.” http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/206230/the_internet_needs_a_dewey_decimal_system.html
Training and Software Development “Nobody but the geekily inclined is going to be willing to invest the time and effort necessary to code semantically tagged web pages from scratch.” Virginia Schilling “The Catalogers’ Revenge: Unleashing the Semantic Web.” PNLA Quarterly 74:3 (Spring 2010).
Access to the Data Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/webwizzard/3931165612/
Different Standards and Vocabularies http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/~jenlrile/metadatamap/
Reliability of Data Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/katiew/320161805
5 Stars of Open Linked Data ★Available on the web (whatever format), but with an open license ★★Available as machine-readable structured data (e.g. Excel instead of image scan of a table) ★★★Availableas (2) plus non-proprietary format (e.g. CSV instead of Excel) ★★★★All the above plus, Use open standards from W3C (RDF and SPARQL) to identify things, so that people can point at your stuff ★★★★★All the above, plus: Link your data to other people’s data to provide context http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/LinkedData.html
Laura Smart, California Institute of Technology Managing Metadata http://library.caltech.edu/laura/
Resources Jeffrey T. Pollock. Semantic Web for Dummies. Toby Segaran, Colin Evans, and Jamie Taylor. Programming the Semantic Web. Tom Heath and Christian Bizer. Linked Data: Evolving the Web into a Global Data Space. Karen Coyle. “Understanding the Semantic Web: Bibliographic Data and Metadata” and “RDA Vocabularies for a Twenty-First-Century Data Environment.” Library Technology Reports, ALA TechSource.
Linked Data is on the horizon. And it has the potential to greatly change how libraries work. Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/quinet/52740846/sizes/z/