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Linked Data Tools: Connecting on the Web

 

FRBR, RDA: Resource Description and Access, and Library of Congress’s commitment to a new bibliographic framework all point toward opportunities for shared, linked library data. In this issue of Library Technology Reports, Karen Coyle updates readers on the development of fundamental resources such as standards, data elements, and term lists, showing how they fit together. In clear, straightforward language, she introduces common Semantic Web terminology and acronyms, like RDF, triples, SKOS, OWL, and SPARQL, showing readers how to locate defined metadata elements on the Web. Coyle lists and describes 20 sources of general use data elements to use, from ISBD elements to Facebook’s Open Graph, also describing numerous examples of topical lists suited to linking with library data, including subject lists, thesauri, and other controlled vocabularies. For developers and programmers, Coyle describes emerging tools that facilitate data element creation, validation of Semantic Web structures, link creation, and linked data searching.

Topics include:

  • The future of bibliographic control
  • Four rules of linked data
  • Metadata definition and development
  • Link creation and term mapping
  • Additional resources, including websites, tutorials, and further reading

 

Karen Coyle is a librarian with over 30 years’ experience with library technology, serving as consultant on a variety of issues relating to digital libraries. She has published dozens of articles and reports, many of which are available at kcoyle.net. She has served on several standards committees, including the MARC standards group (MARBI), the NISO committee AX for the OpenURL standard, and was an ALA representative on the e-book standards development team that contributed to the ePub standard. She writes and speaks on a wide range of policy areas, including intellectual property, privacy, and public access to information. Her January 2010 issue of Library Technology Reports, "Understanding the Semantic Web: Bibliographic Data and Metadata," was awarded the 2011 ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award.

 

 

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