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This was the introductory talk for a session called "Brave New World Cataloging: Using RDF and Linked Open Data for the Semantic Web" at the Visual Resources Association conference in March of 2014. The session description: 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.
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