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Roy Tennant, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research
As library collections shift from print materials to digital formats, and as the web enables ubiquitous and instantaneous discovery of information, library users expect to find and access materials online. It’s not enough to have pages “on the web”; library data must be “woven into the web” and integrated into the sites and services that library users frequent daily – Google, Wikipedia, social networks. When information about a library’s collection is locked up behind a specific web site (such as an OPAC), it is often exceedingly difficult for services, such as search engines, to consume that data. Information seekers need to be connected back to their local library resources from wherever they are on the web. The imperative is to make library data available in new data formats that are native to the web, exposing it to the wider web community, making it easily discoverable by other sites, services, and ultimately consumers. Roy Tennant will shed light on what linked data is and how to re-envision, expose and share library data as entities that are part of the web.