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June 2012


Open and Linked Data

Despite a proclivity toward openness, libraries have historically been involved with data and content under various levels of restrictions imposed by copyright and proprietary business arrangements. Libraries have also dealt with data primarily through self-contained applications, mostly managed within relational databases. While these modes of operation persist today in the mainstream production systems of interest to libraries, a strong movement is underway toward the principles of the Semantic Web and more open approaches to sharing data. I see libraries now at an interesting juncture between the realm of proprietary, restricted, and isolated data and a new era with possibilities for more openness in sharing data and putting it to work through Semantic Web technologies.

--Marshall Breeding


Also in this issue

  • OCLC Navigates the Realm of Open Linked Data
  • Talis: Making a Business through the Semantic Web
  • SirsiDynix Development Strategies
  • Library Technology News in Brief


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