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Linked Data for Early Mormonism

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A presentation from the EarlySaints Research Group 3rd Annual Meeting, February 3, 2016, Brigham Young University

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Linked Data for Early Mormonism

  1. 1. Linked Data for Early Mormonism Tod Robbins, Dictionary of Mormon Biography
  2. 2. A bit about me • BA in History from Utah Valley University (2010) • MLIS from University of Washington’s iSchool (2012) • Founded Dictionary of Mormon Biography (DMB) in 2012 • Independent researcher/developer
  3. 3. Case Study: Dictionary of Mormon Biography • Built with MediaWiki, the same software that runs Wikipedia and a host of other wikis • Original goal: Unique URLs for every documentable member of the Latter Day Saint movement • Currently: Many pages hyperlinked to authority files (VIAF, LCCN, Wikidata, FamilySearch, MPOT, etc.) • Next phase: created/expose linked data from every DMB URL for discovery by other platforms
  4. 4. What is Linked Data? • It is about making links, so that a person or machine can explore the web of data. • Browsable graphs of relationships between entities • Resource Description Framework (RDF) Triples
  5. 5. What is Linked Data? Brigham Young 1 June 1801 has birth date Subject Object Predicate https://www.wikidata.org/ wiki/Q203559 1801-06-01 https://schema.org/birthDate
  6. 6. What is Linked Data? • The four rules: 1. Use URLs as names for things 2. Use HTTP(S) URLs so that people can look up those names 3. When someone looks up a URL, provide useful information, using the standards (RDF*, SPARQL, JSON-LD) 4. Include links to other URLs so that they can discover more things
  7. 7. What is Linked Data?
  8. 8. Mormon Linked Data 1801-06-01 schema:birthDate https://earlysaints.org/ eleazerMiller1795 earlysaints:baptizedBy https://earlysaints.org/ brighamYoung1801 1836-03-30 earlysaints:dateOrdainedElder
  9. 9. Mormon Linked Data https://earlysaints.org/ eleazerMiller1795 earlysaints:baptizedBy https://earlysaints.org/ brighamYoung1801 https://history.lds.org/ overlandtravels/pioneers/ 2317/eleazer-miller skos:sameAs

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