Final Project Proposal, Rachel Skinner-O’Neill

Name: Rachel O’Neill

My group’s topic: Linked Open Data

I am interested in this topic because: it feels current, there’s a certain excitement and energy about Linked Open Data that struck me when I first read the list of project options. Of course, further reading may lead me to conclude otherwise but Linked Open Data seems to be one if not the  preferred means of knowledge organization that the web is moving towards “en masse”, so to speak, and that, while unique to the web, this method of organization is not so dissimilar to the aims of knowledge organization in libraries where structuring, arranging materials and ease of locating information has been a tenet of librarianship from the outset.

Resources that may be useful in researching this topic:

Berners-Lee, T., Hendler, J., Lassila, O. The Semantic Web. Scientific American (2001)

Bradley, F. Discovering Linked Data. Library Journal (2009)

van Hooland, Seth and Verborgh, Ruben. Linked data for libraries, archives and museums : how to clean, link and publish your metadata. Facet Publishing (2014)

Harlow, C. What is linked data and why do I care? Proceedings from NYC Archives Unconference. New York, NY. (2014)

Heath, T., Bizer, C. Linked Data: Evolving the Web into a Global Data Space. Morgan & Claypool (2011)

Kitchin, R. The Data Revolution: Big Data, Open Data, Data Infrastructures and Their Consequences, SAGE Publications (2014)

Library of Congress. Bibliographic Framework as a Web of Data: Linked Data Model and Supporting Services. Library of Congress (2012)

Linked Data: http://linkeddata.org/

LODLAM Linked Open Data in Libraries Archives and museums: http://lodlam.net/

Based on my preliminary research, I have chosen to focus on the following aspect of our group topic: I want to explore the concept of Linked Open Data as a whole and the implications of incorporating this system of knowledge organization in the library field. In order to do this I plan first to set out a brief but (hopefully) comprehensive overview of what Linked Open Data is, not so much in technical terms but in its practical application uses. Once an understanding is established, I plan to focus on the work of Linked Open Data in Libraries Archives and Museums, specifically the work of LODLAM.org – a self-styled group of “enthusiasts” on the subject as well as investigate where Linked Open Data has been applied to the benefit of the cultural heritage field by taking a closer look at the work of the Cooper Hewitt Labs. In reading about the subject and looking at the work of these groups I hope to be able to formulate an answer as to the ways Linked Open Data can benefit our cultural institutions, in particular libraries.

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