Preconference session:

Libraries, Linked Data, and the Semantic Web

Eric Miller

Libraries in the Web: weaving a web of data

What did I get from this session?

We need to move away from MARC, though we all agree that MARC format is amazing (it’s lasted 40+ years!).

It’s just not very friendly for sharing data with and among machines.

The Web is “primarily to date designed for human consumption.”

Linked data is “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.”

Integration is (becoming) “a rich tapestry of investing in each others’ identifiers” as we “leave data where it naturally resides, and make it easy to connect people, data, and applications.”

Integration is NOT “heaping all your data and links in one application.”

RDF is “the common model for representing web data”

URI points to another URI

Eric Miller’s main point:

As it becomes increasingly possible for ANYONE to make connections, it’s going to become an issue of WHO YOU TRUST to make those connections.

Libraries have an obvious place at that table…

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