Linked Data is about using the Web to “connect related data that wasn’t previously linked, or using the Web to lower the barriers to linking data currently linked using other methods” (Linkeddata.org). More specifically, Wikipedia defines Linked Data as “a term used to describe a recommended best practice for exposing, sharing, and connecting pieces of data, information, and knowledge on the Semantic Web using URIs and RDF.”
The Semantic Web provides a common framework that allows data to be shared and reused across application, enterprise, and community boundaries. It is a collaborative effort led by W3C with participation from a large number of researchers and industrial partners.
The W3C is the home of the Linked Library Incubator Group, whose mission “is to help increase global interoperability of library data on the Web, by bringing together people involved in Semantic Web activities—focusing on Linked Data—in the library community and beyond, building on existing initiatives, and identifying collaboration tracks for the future.”
Few library institutions have begun work to design or develop the infrastructure required to use Linked Data as the basis of the environments and tools used for creating, managing, delivering, and sharing the information that supports discovery and navigation services for the collections and resources they deliver.
In May 2010, CLIR and its DLF program, in partnership with the British Library, held a Global Digital Libraries Linked Data workshop to better understand the Semantic Web and envision its application in a library context. By the end of the workshop, it was clear that there was a great need for a coordinated effort to continue exploring the impact Linked Data will have on libraries, as well as demonstrative projects. Linked Open Data is a complex concept that requires many conversations to successfully seed and mobilize efforts within the library, archives, and museum communities.
- Linked Data: A Personal View from Jerry Persons
18 June 2012
This piece inaugurates an occasional series by or about linked data practitioners that will be cross-posted on the DLF site and LOD-LAM.net. The first post in the series is a personal reflection on the linked data landscape written by Jerry Persons, technology analyst at Knowledge Motifs, Chief Information Architect emeritus at Stanford, and author of the ...
- Announcing a LOD-LAM Zotero Group
24 May 2012
The Digital Library Federation, together with LITA’s Linked Library Data Interest Group, is pleased to announce an open Zotero group for LOD-LAM tools and resources. The LOD-LAM Zotero group is intended to serve as a space both for practitioners seeking an entry point into the world of cultural heritage linked data and for practitioners seeking ...
- Visualizing linked TV & bibliographic data
17 October 2011
In a recent post at danbri.org, Dan Brinkley documents some of his work on NoTube (a European research project exploring Semantic Web and TV), reflects on the possibilities of linking bibliographic data with other web content, and calls for a contest to engage researchers in linked TV and bibliographic data. Responding to Brinkley’s call via the DPLA ...
- An Introduction to LOD-LAM by Jon Voss
26 August 2011
As part of LODLAM-DC, Jon Voss will deliver a free talk called “An Introduction to Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, & Museums” on Friday, September 16. Based on an earlier talk given at NYPL Labs, Voss’s presentation will “explore the fundamental elements of Linked Open Data and discover how rapidly growing access to metadata within ...
- Making New York Times Metadata Linked and Open
16 August 2011
This just in: the New York Times recently launched Longitude, an interactive map of the day’s news leveraging Linked Open Data, as a featured project of its larger beta620 website. As described by Evan Sandhaus, its developer, Longitude links NYT subject headings to geographic and corporate or biographical data from Geonames and Freebase: “When you open Longitude you’ll see ...
Call For Ideas
DLF recognizes the importance of Linked Open Data and seeks to facilitate these conversations and activities, openly calling for ideas on how we can support the community around Linked Open Data efforts.
Please leave your suggestions and ideas on the Linked Open Data Call for Ideas.