Linked data is a HOT topic amongst the semantic web community (and the NYT also has their big linked data project) — sigh, novel concepts like authority records, controlled vocabularies, etc.
Why gosh. Why didn’t libraries think of those? Oh wait, we DID. 😉 Anyhow, it might be interesting & free webinar — discussions of the VIAF, RDF, etc. I’ll be there virtually.
OCLC Research to Host TAI CHI Webinar on Linked Data, 27 May 2010 at 2 pm EDT (UTC: 18:00)
DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 21 May 2010—Linked Data is a hot topic. It provides a mechanism to expose library data in a way that is understandable to non-librarians, thereby facilitating community development of services that go beyond traditional library resources and creatively exploit library data in valuable new ways.
In this webinar, OCLC senior research scientist Ralph LeVan will explain what Linked Data is about and how OCLC produces it, using examples from VIAF (The Virtual International Authority File). He will also discuss topics such as Real World Objects, Generic Documents, Content Negotiation and RDF. In addition, he’ll discuss the Open Source infrastructure OCLC uses to make this happen, and which you can use to expose data in a text database like Lucene.
Webinar participation is free and open to all but advanced registration is required.
This is the fourth webinar in the OCLC Research Technical Advances for Innovation in Cultural Heritage Institutions (TAI CHI) Webinar Series developed to highlight specific innovative applications, often locally developed, that libraries, museums and archives may find effective in their own environments, as well as to teach technical staff new technologies and skills. Recordings of these webinars are made available on the OCLC Research Web site and in iTunes.
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