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Online Doc Linked Data Tools for Libraries

by Laura Akerman on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 03:08 pm

*** Prototype - For Review ***

Linked Data Tools for Libraries
Compiled by Members of the Library Linked Data Interest Group

Contents:  Tool Finding Resources   Web-based tools and plugins   Software tools:  Open source/free  
Software tools:  Commercial
   Data/Vocab Mapping tools

*** Prototype - For Review ***

Linked Data Tools for Libraries
Compiled by Members of the Library Linked Data Interest Group

Contents:  Tool Finding Resources   Web-based tools and plugins   Software tools:  Open source/free  
Software tools:  Commercial
   Data/Vocab Mapping tools

Tool-finding Resources

  • wiki site Tools page  is a community wiki site (using Semantic MediaWiki) with information about semantic web/linked data tools (as of this posting, 174 tools are listed).  Information includes version, release date, responsible party, and status (stable, beta, etc.).
    the community; hosted by AFIB at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany  Terms:  anyone can access; anyone can create a login and contribute  Viewed:  2012-01-04 
  •  Sweet Tools (search) and Sweet Tools (Simple List) are ways to access a database of over 10,000 Linked Data/Semantic Web tools.  Part of the AI3 site primarily devoted to linked data technology
    M. K. Bergman    Terms:  free    Viewed:  2011-12-13   

Web-based Tools

Includes linked data search and visualization tools.

  • FactForge provides several kinds of web-based search interfaces including SPARQL query, for a combined store of linked data harvested from various sources including DBpediaFreebaseGeonamesUMBELWordNetCIA World FactbookLingvojMusicBrainz (RDF from Zitgist).
      Who:  Ontotext Corp.  Terms:  Currently provided free by Ontotext as an experimental service  Skills:  None required for keyword-based search; knowledge of SPARQL and ontologies helpful for use of more advanced features  Viewed: 2011-01-11
  • LinkSailor is designed to present linked data (and additional data found in the Talis platform) in an eye-readable and navigable form.
      Talis  Terms:  ?  Freely available  Skills:  No special knowledge required.  Viewed:  2011-12-11
  • OpenLink Data Explorer can be used to query a Virtuoso triple store, or to navigate linked data from a URI.
      Who:  OpenLink Software
  • Semantic Radar is a Firefox plugin that will detect presence of RDFa, SIOC, and other embedded RDF data in web pages and display a symbol in the lower browser frame that you can click to see the data.
  • RDF Book Mashup was an early demonstration application developed at Freie Universitat Berlin.   You can enter book title or author, get a results list, and see the RDF mashup including Amazon and other data.  It's slooow but still working.
      Who:  Chris Bizer and Tobias Gauss.  Terms:  Freely available  Skills:    Viewed:  2011-12-11
  • Kasabi is a startup company under the Talis umbrella.  "Kasabi is a marketplace for people publishing and looking for data. As a complete platform for the hosting and publishing of Linked Data, Kasabi brings together anyone involved with data: businesses, developers, individuals, organisations, government etc."  Featured datasets hosted run a gamut from data on Lego sets for sale, to BC Music data on artists, records and music reviews.
      Who:    Terms:    Skills:    Viewed:

Software Tools:  Open source or available at no charge:

  • Any23 (Anything to Triples):   Software development project to create a web service and set of tools to extract structured data in RDF format from a variety of Web documents.  Writen in Java and licensed under Apache License 2.0 
  • JENA is a Java framework for building Semantic Web applications.
      Who:  When:  Terms:  Environment:  Skills:  Viewed: 
  • OpenSEAS  is "...a framework for the enterprise to establish a coherent, consistent and interoperable layer across its information assets. It is compliant with the open source Method for an Integrated Knowledge Environment via MIKE2.0's Semantic Enterprise Solution Offering.  Open SEAS has been developed for enterprises desiring to initiate or extend their involvement with semantic technologies. It is inherently incremental, low-cost and low-risk. It was originally developed by Structured Dynamics, and then contributed to MIKE2.0 as an open source solution offering."
      Who:  When:  Terms:  Environment:  Skills:  Viewed:
  • OpenStructs, " education and distribution site dedicated to open source software for converting, managing, viewing and manipulating structured data. Structured data can represent any existing data struct from the simplest attribute-value pair formats to fully specified relational database schema. Material on this OpenStructs site ranges from individual tools to complete open semantic frameworks (OSF) with which to builld comprehensive semantic instances.  All OpenStructs tools are premised on the canonical RDF (Resource Description Framework) data model."
      Who:  Structural Dynamics   When: 2009-date  Terms:   Environment:  Skills:  Viewed:   2012-01-06
  • OWLIM is a family of semantic repositories, which work with JENA or Sesame.  The Lite version is free, others are commercial software.  Supports reasoning and semantics, RDFS, OWL2 RL, OWL2  QL  Often used in concert with the Sesame framework.
      Who:  When:  Terms:  Environment:  Skills:  Viewed:
  • Protege Ontology Editor, free software provided by Stanford University, includes the Protege OWL editor extension. Tightly integrated with JENA and has an open-source Java API .
      Who:  When:  Terms:  Environment:  Skills:  Viewed:
  • RDF Extension for Google Refine  adds a graphical user interface(GUI) for exporting data of Google Refine projects as interlinked RDF data. Data can be reconciled against any SPARQL endpoint or RDF dump. The reconciled data can then be exported as RDF based on a template graph.   Hosted by DERI.  Updated 11/28/2011 to work with latest version of Google Refine (2.5).  The tutorial "Free Your Metadata" is based on this tool.
        Who:  When:  Terms:  Environment:  Skills:  Viewed:
  • RDFLib, a Python library for working with RDF.
      Who:  When:  Terms:  Environment:  Skills:  Viewed:
  • Sesame is a Java framework for processing RDF data ( parsing, storing, inferencing and querying). 
      Who:, supported by Dutch company Aduna   When:   Terms:  Available under BSD-style license Environment:    Skills:   Viewed:  2012-01-06
  • Wordpress plugin from PoolParty allows you to import a SKOS thesaurus (the Social Semantic Web thesaurus or another reachable through SPARQL endpoint) and use it for publishing concept links in your WordPress blog.

Software Tools:  Commercial

  • Talis Platform and other applications for managing linked data.  The Talis company has worked extensively with libraries (recently sold its library system division to Capita Group), including consulting with with the British Library on exposing its catalog as linked data.
      Who:   Talis  When:   Terms:    Environment:   Skills:    Viewed:  2012-01-13
  • TopBraid Suite includes services and tools to "design, develop, and deploy the data models, processing, and interfaces needed for sophisticated Semantic Web applications."
    Who:  TopQuadrant    When:   Terms:    Environment:   Skills:    Viewed:  2012-01-13 

Data and Vocabulary Mappings and Mapping Tools

  • SIMILE RDFizers wiki page has links to downloadable tools written at MIT and elsewhere (MIT's run from a command line and require a Java VM and Apache Maven) for converting data in other formats to RDF (including MARC to MODS to RDF)
      Who:  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Simile project  When:  2008  Terms:  freely available   Environment:   various; some java applets, some xslt stylesheets Skills:  some knowledge of xslt/ability to install apps  Viewed:  2012-01-13
  • W3C Converter to RDF wiki page lists tools for converting data from various formats to RDF.
      Who: W3C  When:  Last updated: 2011-12-14  Viewed:  2012-01-13



Online Doc Linked Data Vocabularies and Data Sources for Libraries

by Laura Akerman on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 02:54 pm

*** Prototype - For Review ***

Linked Data Vocabularies and Data Sources for Libraries

Contents:   Vocabulary/data lists, discovery   Core RDF vocabularies   Library vocabularies   Other vocabularies    Library data   Other data

*** Prototype - For Review ***

Linked Data Vocabularies and Data Sources for Libraries

Contents:   Vocabulary/data lists, discovery   Core RDF vocabularies   Library vocabularies   Other vocabularies    Library data   Other data

Vocabulary and data source lists and discovery tools

  •  set of vocabularies developed by Ian Davis (of Talis, among other things).
      Who:  Ian Davis  When:  2006/06/23 (last updated)  Viewed:  2012-01-13
  • The Data Hub and particularly, its "Semantic Version," provide a searchable database of openly available datasets, using the CKAN portal software.
      Who:  Open Knowledge Foundation  When:  continually updated  Viewed:  2012-01-13
  • Datasets, Value Vocabularies, and Metadata Element Sets report, includes listings of data sets and value vocabularies of interest to the library community
      Who:  W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group  When:  2011-11-15  Viewed:  2012-01-13
  • SparqlEndpoints, W3C Wiki page listing data sources with SPARQL endpoints, Live, Buggy, or Dead. 
      Who:  W3C contributors When:  Latest change is from 2011-3-2  Viewed:  2012-01-17
  • SPARQL Endpoints Status, provides a list of SPARQL Endpoints and results of a periodic status check.  Based on The Data Hub data.
      Who:  Mondeca, Inserm, developed by Pierre-Yves Vandenbussche  When:  frequently updated (probably daily)  Viewed:  2012-01-17


Core RDF vocabularies


Vocabularies and Ontologies from Library and related organizations

Vocabularies and Ontologies from other communities

  • AtomOWL Vocabulary Specification was developed to "
    Who:   Dan Brickely and Libby Miller, supported by Sun Microsystems When:  2006-06-26   Viewed:  2012-01-06
  • Basic Geo (WGS84 lat/long) Vocabulary
  • BIO:  A vocabulary for biographical information
  • BIBO:  The Bibliographic Ontology. Note this was produced by a group spearheaded by Zitgist, Bruce D’Arcus, the Zotero team and Michael K. Bergman
  • CC REL  Creative Commons Rights Expression Language
  • CIDOC-CRM (Conceptual Reference Model) is a high level vocabulary for describing cultural objects, developed by the museum community (ICOM).  RDFS versions are available.
  • DOAP - Description of a Project
  • Event Ontology
  • FOAF (Friend of a Friend)
  • Good Relations:  The Professional Web Vocabulary for e-commerce
  • Music Ontology Specification:
  • NEPOMUK Ontologies initially designed for the NEPOMUK (personal desktop information organization) project, may be generally useful.  Include NRL Representational Language, NAO Annotation Ontology, NIE Information Element set, including Core Ontology, File Ontology, Contact Ontology, Message Ontology, Calendar Ontology,  EXIF Ontology, ID3 Ontology; PINO Personal Information Model, Task Model Ontology
  • Open Graph Protocol (used by Facebook)
  • RSS (RDF Site Summary) 1.0
  • SIOC - Semantically Linked Online Communities - Core Ontology Specification
  • Social Semantic Web Thesaurus brought to you by PoolParty, a component of its free WordPress linked data plugin.
  • SUMO (Suggested Upper Merged Ontology) and its domain ontologies form the largest formal public ontology in existence today. They are being used for research and applications in search, linguistics and reasoning. SUMO is the only formal ontology that has been mapped to all of the WordNet lexicon.  It is owned by IEEE and freely available under a GNU public license. An RDF translation is provided
  • UMBEL (Upper Mapping and Binding Exchange Layer) Vocabulary and Reference Concept Ontology
  • VOID - Vocabulary of Interlinked Datasets


Sources of linked data:  Library data

Sources of linked data from other communities

  • BBC Music - RDF data for content pages can be viewed by adding .rdf to the URL.
      Who:  British Broadcasting Corporation  When:  ? - date  Terms:   see Terms of Use; personal, non-commercial, with attribution    SPARQL endpoint:    Viewed:  2012-01-20
  • Dbpedia is a linked data set derived from Wikipedia.  The page describes various ways to acces the data including SPARQL endpoint.
      Who:  Community project started and administered by research groups from Universität Leipzig, Freie Universität Berlin, and OpenLink Software.  When:  ?    Terms:  CC 3.0 share-share alike   SPARQL endpoint Viewed:  2012-01-06

Online Doc Linked Data Resources for Libraries

by Laura Akerman on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 03:18 am


Linked Data Resources for Libraries
Compiled by members of Library Linked Data Interest Group


Linked Data Resources for Libraries
Compiled by members of Library Linked Data Interest Group

Contents:   Organizations    Blogs/Sites     Events     Introductions    Standards    Texts/Tutorials  
Information     Implementations
Related:  Linked Data Tools for Libraries      Linked Data Vocabularies and Data Sources for Libraries   

Organizations, Communities

  •  ** ALCTS/LITA Linked Library Data Interest Group - an interest group focused on issues related to linked library data and the role of library metadata in the semantic web.  The group meets at the ALA annual and midwinter meetings, sponsors programs, and maintains a mailing list.  It maintains this resource list.
    Who:  LITA and ALCTS, sections of ALA (American Library Association), sponsor this group  Terms:  The list and website on ALA Connect are open to ALA and non-ALA members; guests may attend meetings; officers should be ALA members.  Viewed:  2011-12-31 
  • IFLA Semantic Web Special Interest Group  This appears to be a new group under the Information Technology section.
    Who:  Interational Federation of Library Associations, Information Technology section  Terms:   Not stated, but assume membership is limited to IFLA members.  Viewed:  2011-12-31 
  • ** LODLAM (Linked Open Data - Libraries Archives and Museums) Website of first International Linked Open Data In Libraries Archives and Museums Summit (LOD-LAM), which was an invitational meeting June 2-3, 2011 in San Francisco, CA " to catalyze practical, actionable approaches to publishing Linked Open Data," also providing information on subsequent activity such as LOD-LAM meetings in Washington D.C., London, and New Zealand.  Also. the Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, & Museums Google Group serves as a discussion and announcement list.
      Who: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Internet Archive  Terms:  Original meeting was by invitation (50 participants), but email list is open, more events are are posted through the site blog.   Viewed:  2011-12-03
  • W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group  This group has completed its activity with the publication of its Final Report (October 25, 2011)  The group moved several documents to the W3C's Semantic Web wiki and expects the discussion to continue on the public-lld mailing list, both of which are open to participation by all interested members of the public.
    Who:  W3C (World Wide Web Consortium)  Terms:  Original group was invited; mailing list is open Viewed:  2011-12-31


Events:  Conferences and Workshops (by date)

  • ISWC 2012 (International Semantic Web Conference), 12th in a series of annual conferences presenting innovative systems and research results related to the Semantic Web and Linked Data.  Call for papers:  Abstract registration due 6/22/2011.  Previous conference sites can be found via Googling and may have links to presentation materials; proceedings are published as volumes of Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Springer), e.g. 2010.  Main conference is preceded by tutorials and workshops.
      Where:  Boston, Mass.  When:  2012-11-11 to 2012-11-15  Who:  Semantic Web Science Association  Viewed:  2011-12-30
  • SEMTECH 2012 (Semantic Tech & Business Conference)  Educational conference series for the community of executives, technologists, researchers, investors and customers involved with semantic technologies.  Has a business focus, but past conferences have featured presentations by the Library of Congress and other library-related activity.  Call for peresentations is open until January 16.
    Where:  San Francisco, Cal.  When:  2012-06-03 to 2012-06-07  Who:  Webmediabrands and  Viewed:  2011-12-31
  • ESWC 2012 (Extended Semantic Web Conference)  9th in a series of annual conferences devoted to scientific results, technology innovations, and other research related to the semantic web and semantic technologies.  This years conference features two special tracks putting particular emphasis on inter-disciplinary research topics and areas that show the potential of exciting synergies for the future, eGovernment and Digital Libraries.  The site links to past conferences (About/History); video of lectures appears on and other presentation materials ; the proceedings are published as volumes of Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Springer), e.g. 2011.  A Summer School of tutorials is associated with the conference.
      Where:   Heraklion, Greece  When:  2012-05-27 to 2012-05-31; Summer School 2012-5-21 to 2012-5-26  Who:  STI - Semantic Technology Institute International, and a host of sponsors  Viewed:  2011-12-30
  • Linked Ancient World Data Institute (LAWDI) will bring together an international faculty of practitioners working in the field of Linked Data with twenty attendees who are implementing or planning the creation of digital resources. LAWDI’s intellectual scope is the Ancient Mediterranean and Ancient Near East.  Applications due February 17.
      Where:   New York City  When:  2012-05-31 to 2012-06-02  Who:  New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World   Viewed:  2012-01-13
  • ** SWIB11 (Semantic Web in Bibliotheken); Semantic Web in Libraries.  Conference devoted to issues related to linked data/semantic web technology from a library perspective.  This conference focused on infrastructure needs and on changing contexts of scholarly communication and publishing, and included workshops.  Presentation materials are now linked to for many items on the program, and for workshops.  The primary language of the site and materials is German (with some English versions); many presentations are in English.
      Hamburg, Germany  When:  2011-11-28 to 2011-11-30  Who:  North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz), Cologne, and the German National Library of Economics – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW). Viewed:    2011/12/29 
  • ** IFLA Annual meeting 2010, session 149 (International Federation of Library Associations) was entitled Libraries and the Semantic Web; presentation slides are available by scrolling down to session 149 and clicking the plus sign.   Or view the New Professionals interest group blog post by deiche with links to presentations.  Presenters included Richard Wallis, Gordon Dunsire, Steffen Hennicke, Jan Hanneman, Patrick Danowski, Bernard Vatant, Andreas Hess and others.


Blogs, Wikis, Sites

  • AI3 (Adaptive Information, Innovation, Infrastructure) is the website of Mike Bergman of Structured Dynamics Inc.  In addition to his blog posts, it includes the Sweet Tools database of semantic web tools and other interesting content.
      Who:  Michael Bergman  Viewed:  2012-01-02
  •  Lotico is a wiki space for a community of Semantic Web enthusiasts, showcasing meetup events.
      Who:  Lotico board  Viewed:  2012-01-03
  • ** Planet RDF is an aggregation of weblogs selected from the Semantic Weblogs list maintained by Dave Beckett.
      Who:  Davd Beckett   Viewed:  2012-01-02
  • is geared toward the business community; it publishes a newsletter, blog-like site, and information about events such as the SemTech conferences.  Content includes webcasts and podcasts with industry leaders
      Who:  WebMediaBrands Inc.  Viewed:  2012-01-03


Introductions to Linked Data

Overviews and presentations that introduce concepts and issues

  • **Design Issues - Linked Data  Seminal, brief article by the architect of the semantic web.  Very readable, includes the 4 principles of linked data and the 5 stars of linked open data.  Conclusion: "Linked data is essential to actually connect the semantic web.  It is quite easy to do with a little thought, and becomes second nature.   Various common sense considerations determine when to make a link and when not to."
      Who:  Tim Berners-Lee  When:  2006-07-27, revised 2009/06/18  Viewed:  2011-12-30
  • ** Introduction to Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museums - video and slides from a presentation at the Smithsonian Institution
      Who:  Jon Voss.  When:  2011-09  Viewed:  2011-12-30
  • It's Not Rocket Surgery, slides from presentation at ALA Annual Meeting, June 2011.  Gives some ideas of how parts of library data can be used in linked data.   Lacks speaker notes.
      Who:  Ross Singer When:  June 2011
  • RDFa Everywhere, audio and slides of Knud Möller's presentation at the Web Directions South conference in Sydney.  A nice overview of RDFa, with some simple examples.
    Who:  Knud Möller  When:  2010-10  Viewed:  2011-12-30
  • The Semantic Web," seminal article in the journal Scientific American.
    Who:  Tim Berners-Lee, James Hendler and Ora Lassila  When:  2001  Viewed:  2011-12-30
  • Tim Berners-Lee on the next web, video of his talk at the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference, expresses some of the passion and drive motivating development of linked data.  "Raw Data Now!".
    Who:  Tim Berners-Lee  When:  2009  Viewed:  2011-12-30
  • ** The Way to Linked Library Data PT. 1  and PT.2 (slides), from an ASIS&T webinar.  Bringing linked data concepts into the library context.
    Who:  Karen Coyle  When:  2011  Viewed:  2011-12-30
  • **Web 3.0, A story about the Semantic Web  15 minute video, an intro to the ideas and issues.  Listen to some of the important "talking heads" including Tim Berners-Lee, David Weinberger and Clay Shirky.
    Who:  Kate Ray  When:  2010-05  Viewed:  2011-12-30


Standards, Draft Standards and proposals, Recommendations

  •  **W3C Semantic Web Standards  This page is a great starting point for exploring W3C standards related to linked data and semantic web.  Links lead to specifications, recommendations and other activity in the areas of Linked Data, Vocabularies, Query, Inference, and Vertical Applications. 
    Who:  World Wide Web Consortium   Viewed:  2011-12-31


Texts, Primers, Tutorials

  • Introduction to the Semantic Web.  Tutorial given at the 2009 Semantic Technology Conference in San Jose, CA, USA, on the 15th of June, 2009.
      Who:  Ivan Herman  When:  2009  Viewed:  2011-12-31 
  • ** Linked Data:  Evolving the Web into a Global Data Space.  Comprehensive overview of the technology and state of linked data; does not require a technology background to understand.  The HTML version is freely available on the web; a print version is also available commercially. ISBN Paperback, 9781608454303; ebook, 9781608454310; DOI:  10.2200/S00334ED1V01Y201102WBE001
      Who:  Tom Heath, Christian Bizer published by Morgan & Claypool  When:  2011 (version 1.0)   Viewed:  2011-12-31
  • ** Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist 2nd Edition: Effective modeling in RDFS and OWL,  by Dean Allemang and Jim Hendler.   New York:  Morgan Claypool, 2011.  Readable but detailed technical explanations of the Semantic Web, RDF, RDF, RDFS, OWL, SKOS, with implementation examples.  Available in print and as an e-book (through ElsevierDirect,  through Google eBooks.
    Dean Allemang, TopQuadrant, Inc. and James Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  When:  2011   Viewed:  2012-01-20
  • ** Tutorial on Semantic Web. regularly updated slide set. "Full, cca. 3.5–4 hours’ worth of introductory tutorial to Semantic Web. The targeted audience is techies who have a good knowledge of the Web in general, have programming experience or at least minimal knowledge, and want to understand what this beast is all about…" by Ivan Herman, W3C Semantic Web Activity Lead
      Who:  Ivan Herman  When:  2010-11-25   Viewed: 2011-12-31
  • ** W3C Primers are available for many established standards.  A selection of basic primers is listed here:

  •   W3Schools RDF Tutorial.  Provides an introduction to RDF in XML; assumes knowledge of HTML, XHTML, XML and namespaces; has chapters on containers, collections, RDFS, Dublin Core and OWL
      Who:  Jan Egil, Refsnes Data  When:  (last update not given)  Viewed:  2012-01-02


General Information about aspects of linked data:  Reports, Articles, Presentations, Other resources

More detailed information about linked data technology

  • Graphs in Libraries:  a Primer (preprint), article in Information Technology and Libraries, v.30, no. 4 (December 2011).  Introduces graph theory and explores its real and potential applications in the context of digital libraries. 
      Who:  James E. Powell, Daniel Alcazar, Matthew Hopkins, Robert Olendorf, Tamara M. McMahon, Amber Wu, Linn Collins.  When:  2011-012   Viewed:  2012-01-17 
  • Linked Library Data in the wild, slide presentation by Phil John of Capita, inc. about implementing a Prism catalog (library catalog product based on linked data) and his work with library data.
    Who:  Phil John  When:  2011-07-14  Viewed:  2012-01-03
  • SPARQLing UniProt RDF: Using RDF based technologies to aid biological curation efforts (YouTube video).  This presentation focuses on biological data, but is included because it's such a useful demonstration of use of SPARQL queries to perform data quality checks on a large corpus of linked data drawn from many sources, in a field where changes in the data and data model are constantly occurring.
      Who:  Jerven Bolleman, Swiss Institute of Informatics  When:  2011-08-29  Viewed:  2012-01-08
  • ** Stanford Linked Data Workshop Technology Plan is a plan for a "multi-national, multi-institutional discovery environment built on Linked Open Data principles" for academic resource discovery.  It follows from a workshop conducted at Stanford University June 27-July 1 2011 with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Scholarly Communications Program, CLIR and Stanford University Libraries.
        Who:  Stanford University Libraries  When:  2011-12-30  Viewed:  2011-01-11
  • ** W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group Reports.  This was a W3C Incubator group chartered for one year, to provide reports on the "landscape of Linked data development in the library domain and related sectors, and propose a way forward for these communities to participate productively in further W3C standardization actions".  Their reports were published in October 2011 and include the Final Report, Report on Use Cases, and Report on Datasets, Value Vocabularies, and Metadata Element Sets.  More information is also available on the group's Wiki space.
    Who:  World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Library Linked Data Incubator Group  When:  2011-10-25  Viewed:  2012-01-02


Implementations: examples of use of linked data by libraries or similar institutions

  • LOCAH (Linked Open Copac Archives Hub), a project to make combined data from the Copac union catalog and ArchivesHub aggregation of archival material, available as linked data (has published some datasets)
      Who: UK, JISC funded project joining the COPAC union catalog and Archives Hub projects, with involvement of  Mimas, UKOLN, Eduserv, Talis, and OCLC Research.
        When: 2010-07 - present  Viewed:  2012-01-11
  • COMET (Cambridge Open Metadata) project, has published some datasets based on MARC records
      Who:  Cambridge University Library and CARET, University of Cambridge  When:  2011-02 - 2011-07 with update 2011-10-31.  Viewed:  2012-01-11
  • Civil War Data 150 - is a collaborative project to share and connect Civil War related data across local, state and federal institutions during the four year sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, beginning in April of 2011
      Who:  A partnership of Archives of Michigan, Internet Archive, University of Richmond, HistoryPin, Freebase.  When:  2011-04 - 2014?  Viewed:  2012-01-11
  • HIVE (Helping Interdisciplinary Vocabulary Engineering) is an IMLS funded project at the Metadata Research Center in Chapel Hill.  They use an automatic metadata generation approach to dynamically integrate discipline specific vocabularies using SKOS
  • NEPOMUK, Networked Environment for Personalized, Ontology-based Management of Unified Knowledge, a.k.a. the Social Semantic Desktop, is a project to develop a comprehensive solution for extending the personal desktop into a collaboration environment supporting personal information management and sharing
  • SIMILE (Semantic Interoperability of Metadata and Information in unLike Environments) is a collection of projects hosted by MIT Libraries and CSAIL, seeking to enhance inter-operability among digital assets, schemata/vocabularies/ontologies, metadata, and services, primarily by extending DSpace functionalities primarily using RDF and linked data techniques.
  •  VIVO is an open source semantic web application originally developed and implemented at Cornell. When installed and populated with researcher interests, activities, and accomplishments, it enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines at that institution and beyond.
      Who:  supported by a community of partner institutions; vivoweb funded by NIH  When:  2007-work ongoing  Viewed:  2012-01-19 




This subgroup was formed to develop information resources about tools and resources useful to the Library Linked Data community.   We decided the most effective way to accomplish this at this time, was to share efforts with the Digital Library Federation and contribute to the LOD-LAM Zotero Group which they are sponsoring:

We encourage the Linked Library Data Interest Group and other ALA members to join (easy, free) and contribute to this resource when you become aware of linked data information, tools, vocabularies, projects, etc. which could benefit others.  We prepared an information page about how to do this

The prototype pages we developed for discussion at ALA Midwinter 2012 will still be available for a short while but are no longer being added to: 

Linked Data Resources for Libraries

Linked Data Tools for Libraries

Linked Data Vocabularies and Data Sources for Libraries

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