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Tuesday, October 27 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Linked Open Data at the American Art Collaborative & Yale Center for British Art: Better Engagement & Research • RDF in the Real World: Lessons in Morphing Metadata • Linked Data for Libraries Project

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Presentation 1
Linked Open Data at the American Art Collaborative and Yale Center for British Art: Paving the Way for Better Engagement and Research
While collaboration and information sharing has long been a tradition among libraries, it is relatively new for most museums. However, with the impact of technology and social media more museums have become interested in reaching beyond their space to collaborate with other institutions and to broaden their reach to help audiences of all ages learn about and enjoy art. Key among the technology changes that are impacting museums, libraries, and archives is the Semantic Web and in particular Linked Open Data (LOD).

LOD It is a means of publishing data so that it can be interconnected and become more useful. With LOD the silos of museum websites can disappear and audiences can browse across museums. As a result LOD can help museums make collections more discoverable, help tell fuller stories about objects and provide more meaningful content and better support research.

While there are large scale collaborative projects such as Europeana and DPLA using LOD, knowledge of best practices in how to implement LOD is still nascent within the museum community. Now a relatively new initiative called the American Art Collaborative (AAC) is helping museums learn about LOD and is about to publish a demonstration project that will connect the American works of art across 14 institutions. This session will present the thinking behind AAC and its roadmap. It will zero in on the value of LOD for museums and provide research examples.

The Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) is collaborating with the AAC especially where mapping to the CIDOC-Conceptual Reference Model (CIDOC-CRM) is concerned. The presentation will detail the specific role of this ontology over others, and offer some suggestions for tools supporting data modeling activities. Finally the notions of authority and trust in the network environment will be discussed in the context of scholarly research.

Presenters: Emmanuelle Delmas-Glass (Yale Center for British Art), Eleanor Fink (American Art Collaborative)

Presentation 2
RDF in the Real World: Lessons in Morphing Metadata
Resource Description Framework (RDF) has entered the metadata scene for libraries in a major way over the last few years. While the promise of its Linked Data capabilities is exciting, the realities of changing data models, encoding practices, and even ontologies can put a check on that excitement. This session will explore these issues and discuss when this is worth doing and how to go about doing it.

It is an interesting time for metadata and there are a multitude of considerations for using RDF and linked data. Current metadata use should be evaluated to determine the purpose of any data that exists and the standards being used. Approaching RDF does not necessarily mean just a transformation of metadata elements. Additionally, the purpose of the data and how it is stored can affect modeling relationships in RDF. Does a single standard still work as a single RDF ontology to express those properties? Are there implications to incorporating multiple RDF ontologies to express the same information? Another concern is the RDF capabilities of digital repository technology. If a repository, such as Fedora 4, can handle RDF properties, what exactly does that mean and what does management of the metadata on those objects look like?

A final consideration is the fact that expressing metadata with RDF is not the same as having metadata be Linked Data. Approaches for managing that shift will be discussed and compared in various scenarios, including creating a new collection or repository of objects versus migrating objects that already have metadata in place.

This session will delve into the realities of using RDF to describe and store data for a digital library project—the benefits, the limitations, what it means to make this kind of change, and ways to approach this work.

Presenter: Juliet Hardesty (Indiana University)

Presentation 3
The Linked Data for Libraries Project: A Progress Report
How can linked data leverage the intellectual value that librarians and scholars add to information resources? How can we transcend traditional (mostly bibliographic) data silos within libraries to use the full web of data as we describe, annotate, organize, select, and use those resources? Above all, how can we move beyond theory and experimentation to practice, and practice at scale? These are the questions that the Linked Data for Libraries (LD4L) project (http://ld4l.org) has explored since January of 2014.

We will report on this Mellon-funded, two-year initiative, which is a partnership of Cornell University Library, Stanford University Libraries, and the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. The project is producing an ontology, architecture, and set of tools that work both within and across individual institutions in an extensible network. The partners have made some surprising discoveries in their efforts to link data from bibliographic resources for well-described assets (the catalog) with other institutional data stores, including people's scholarly profiles (from VIVO, Harvard Faculty Finder, and Stanford CAP), curation and annotation data, and information about usage. We've also sought to identify the workable elements of relevant ontologies (including BIBFRAME, VIVO-ISF, OAI-ORE, PAV, and others); best practices in leveraging global identifiers (like VIAF, ORCID, ISNI, and OCLC Works), and a chain of usable tools for converting and managing linked data.

During this interactive session we will also share the results of the LD4L Workshop, which brought together fifty linked data experts at Stanford in February 2015 and provided extensive review on the state of linked data in libraries from across the world, and canvass the DLF Forum participants for their views on what is most promising, and most needed, to move Linked Data into wide-scale practice for Libraries.

Presenters: Dean Krafft (Cornell University), Tom Cramer (Stanford University)

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Tom Cramer

Assistant University Librarian & Director for Digital Library Systems & Services, Stanford University
Hydra, Hydra-in-a-Box, Blacklight, Fedora, IIIF, Web Archiving, Linked Data, geospatial services, open source, community.

Emmanuelle Delmas-Glass

Collections Data Manager, Yale Center for British Art
Emmanuelle is currently the Collections Information Manager at the Yale Center for British Art. In her current role, she oversees the creation of and access to the museum’s collections data. She plays the lead role in ensuring its intellectual and technical integrity. She identifies and implements new data standards and technologies to disseminate to as wide an audience as possible as well as to support the scholarly mission of the... Read More →

Eleanor Fink

American Art Collaborative Manager, American Art Collaborative
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Juliet L. Hardesty

Metadata Analyst, Indiana University
Indiana University
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Dean Krafft

Chief Technology Strategist, Cornell University Library
I'm working on a number of projects: ILS replacement, Linked Data for Libraries, VIVO, campus IT models, web archiving, Hydra, and IIIF, among others.

Tuesday October 27, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Ballroom II & III

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