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Linking Library Data Today (World IA Day 2014)


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These days one hears a lot about the promise of Linked Data, and how it will make the collected knowledge of the world accessible to all, or at least more. Unfortunately, many Linked Data initiatives require massive changes in data formats, workflows, and systems that existing institutions may not be prepared to attempt. Biblionarrator is a discovery layer/catalog system that enables us to explore connections between traditional records (both bibliographic, and non-bibliographic), without requiring systemic changes from the institution. Even on a very modest scale, focusing on connections and adding network visualization and link browsing to a traditional catalog (or database interface) can offer new -- and sometimes surprising -- insights into a collection or dataset. This presentation includes a demonstration of the open source Biblionarrator software, and shows how a link-oriented approach to legacy records can improve the discovery experience.

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Linking Library Data Today (World IA Day 2014)

  1. 1. Linking Library Data Today Exploring Connections with “Regular” Data Or, a librarian looked at the world and saw it was messy Jared Camins-Esakov C & P Bibliography Services
  2. 2. Legacy data 01071cam a2200277 a 4500001000900000005001700009008004100026906004500067925004400112 9550082001560100017002380200022002550400018002770430012002950500 0210030708200170032810000200034524500780036526000440044330000390 0487504006600526651004500592651005000637651003800687856006800725 1299129520030721213050.0021104s1998 nyuab b 001 0 eng a7bcbccorigcopd1encipf20gy-gencatlg0 aacquireb2 shelf copiesxpolicy default apv11 2002-11-04 HAND CARRY to HLCDile08 2002-11-05ele02 2002-11-05 to Dewey a 2002727911 a014024364X (pbk.) aDLCcDLCdDLC ae-ur--00aDK260b.F54 199804a947.08/32201 aFiges, Orlando.12aA people's tragedy :bthe Russian Revolution, 1891-1924 /cOrlando Figes. aNew York, N.Y. :bPenguin Books,c1998. axx, 923 p. :bill., maps ;c24 cm. aIncludes bibliographical references (p. [862]-894) and index. 0aRussiaxHistoryyNicholas II, 1894-1917. 0aSoviet UnionxHistoryyRevolution, 1917-1921. 0aSoviet U n i o n x H i s t o r y y 1 9 1 7 - 1 9 3 6 . 4 2 3 B o o k r e v i e w ( H - N e t ) u h t t p : / / w w w. h
  3. 3. Even more freaking legacy data! 01071cam a2200277 a 4500 001 12991295 005 20030721213050.0 008 021104s1998 nyuab b 001 0 eng 010 $a 2002727911 020 $a 014024364X (pbk.) 040 $a DLC $c DLC $d DLC 043 $a e-ur--050 00 $a DK260 $b .F54 1998 082 04 $a 947.08/3 $2 20 100 1 $a Figes, Orlando. 245 12 $a A people's tragedy : $b the Russian Revolution, 1891-1924 / $c Orlando Figes. 260 $a New York, N.Y. : $b Penguin Books, $c 1998. 300 $a xx, 923 p. : $b ill., maps ; $c 24 cm. 504 $a Includes bibliographical references (p. [862]-894) and index. 651 0 $a Russia $x History $y Nicholas II, 1894-1917. 651 0 $a Soviet Union $x History $y Revolution, 1917-1921. 651 0 $a Soviet Union $x History $y 1917-1936. 856 42 $3 Book review (H-Net) $u
  4. 4. Actually, this is the same legacy data
  5. 5. Gosh, this book sounds interesting During the reign of Nicholas II, Russia lost the Russo-Japanese War, entered World War I, and had a revolution. ... The Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905) was fought in Southern Manchuria over port access to the Pacific.
  6. 6. Linked Data (capital L, capital D) . urn:isbn:9780140243642 . . . . . pbk. . 9780140243642 . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A921 . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A921 Russie . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A927 . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A927 URSS . . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A920 . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A920 Soviet Union . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A926 . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A926 New York, N.Y. . . . Figes, Orlando. . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A925 . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A925 Russia . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A925 . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A91f . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A91f Russia . . 2002-11-04 . . . No, I can't read that either. Suffice it to say, there's a lot of awesome information in there. A computer might be able to process it all, but I can't. . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A924 . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A924 1894 - 1936 . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A921 . 923 . . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A927 . It is history on an epic yet human scale. Vast in scope, exhaustive in original research, written with passion, narrative skill, and human sympathy, A People's Tragedy is a profound account of the Russian Revolution for a new generation. Many consider the Russian Revolution to be the most significant event of the twentieth century. Distinguished scholar Orlando Figes presents a panorama of Russian society on the eve of that revolution, and then narrates the story of how these social forces were violently erased. Within the broad stokes of war and revolution are miniature histories of individuals, in which Figes follows the main players' fortunes as they saw their hopes die and their world crash into ruins. Unlike previous accounts that trace the origins of the revolution to overreaching political forces and ideals, Figes argues that the failure of democracy in 1917 was deeply rooted in Russian culture and social history and that what had started as a people's revolution contained the seeds of its degeneration into violence and dictatorship. A People's Tragedy is a masterful and original synthesis by a mature scholar, presented in a compelling and accessibly human narrative. . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A929 . . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A923 . . 38821665 . A people's tragedy : the Russian Revolution, 1891-1924 . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A924 . en . . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A920 . info:oclcnum/38821665 . Illustrations -- Preface -- Glossary -- Notes on dates -- Maps -- Part one. Russian under the old regime: Dynasty ; Unstable pillars ; Icons and cockroaches ; Red Ink -- Part two. Crisis of authority (1891-1917): First blood ; Last hopes ; War on three fronts -- Part three. Russia in revolution (February 1917-March 1918): Glorious February ; Freest country in the world ; Agony of the provisional government ; Lenin's revolution -- Part four. Civil war and the making of the Soviet system (1918-24): Last dreams of the old world -- Revolution goes to war -- New regime triumphant -- Defeat in victory -- Deaths and departures -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index. . . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A91f . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A928 . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A925 . History . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A926 . . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A922 . 1998 . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A923 . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A923 Penguin Books . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A929 . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A929 Soviet Union . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A929 . . urn:isbn:014024364X . . . . . pbk. . 014024364X . . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A922 . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A922 Soviet Union . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A928 . _:B7ed444aaX3A1441a08a727X3A928 URSS .
  7. 7. Linking data (no capital letters)* ● ● The WWW is all about human curation and human content generation. That legacy data was generated by a person. That person knew something about Russia during the reign of Nicholas II (well, maybe). Wouldn't it be nice if the cataloger could communicate that? *It offended my sensibilities to have the first letter on the slide lowercase.
  8. 8. What does our data look like after some linking?
  9. 9. What sort of additional value can I add?
  10. 10. Couldn't a computer do some of this? Of course! A lot of this information is on Wikipedia! With Linked Data, a computer could extract it from Wikipedia. One day. Probably. We just have to fit the world's complexity into a formal ontology. Let's go on to the next slide before we get depressed, shall we?
  11. 11. The future ● Automatic information extraction and linking? ● Human-centered “Big Data”? ● I don't know! It hasn't happened yet!
  12. 12. Thank you Jared Camins-Esakov Biblionarrator