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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:

LODLAM Linked Open Data in Libraries Archives and museums:

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 – 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.


Final Project Proposal — Diana Rosenthal

Name: Diana Rosenthal
My group’s topic: Linked Open Data
My interest in this topic: My interest in open data was piqued by a course I took over the summer called Institute on Map Collections. Through the class, my professor showed us the interesting work being done by the New York Public Library that encourages the open exchange of information, crowdsourcing, and making data available in multiple formats to foster dissemination. Though the NYPL Map Warper and sites like OpenStreetMap are more specifically about crowdsourcing, the concept of free access really stood out to me. I am interested in the information science aspect behind making raw data available, readable by both people and machines, and useful across multiple platforms.

Resources that may be useful researching this topic:
Berners-Lee, T. (2006). Linked data. Retrieved from

Coyle, K. (2012). Linked data tools: Connecting on the Web. Chicago, IL: ALA TechSource.

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

Miller, E., & Swick, R. (2003). An overview of W3C Semantic Web activity. Bulletin of the American Society of Information Science and Technology 29 (April/May), 8–11.

O’Hara, K., & Hall, W. (2011). Semantic Web. In Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, (Third Edition, Published online: 29 August 2011; 4663–4676). New York: Taylor and Francis.

Wilbanks, J. (2006). Another reason for opening access. BMJ: British Medical Journal, 333(7582), 1306–1308.

Individual focus for literature review: Though I am interested in the mechanics behind creating a standardized “web of data” that linked open data strives to achieve, I am more intrigued by the practical applications of achieving access to datasets. For this reason, I would like to examine the concepts of the Semantic Web and linked open data through the lens of a specific project: New York City Open Data. I’m hoping to determine a couple of things by looking closely at how New York City approaches linked open data. First, I’d like to evaluate the city’s general compliance with the standards established by the W3C (and laid out by Tim Berners-Lee in the reference listed above). Next, I’m interested in reviewing the types of datasets the city has made available and those that could hopefully be made public in the future (for example, restaurant inspection grades are currently available, but are there datasets for hospitals?). Third, I would like to look at the applications that have resulted from the availability of this information and evaluate their usefulness. I think the NYC Open Data project was created in an effort by the city government to be transparent, and I’m interested to see if the projects that utilize city data demonstrate openness and access. It could also be fascinating to compare the New York City initiative to the linked open data initiatives of other governments, foreign and domestic. Two questions I still have after my preliminary research are whether or not current linked open data projects do indeed follow the W3C’s Resource Description Framework and whether or not the RDF plan is easy enough to understand for linked data to take off among dedicated non-experts. Thus far, my research has been broad to provide myself with the foundation of information necessary to understanding linked open data. I think the NYC Open Data case study will help narrow my focus and expose me to more specific scholarship.

Syllabus Update

Just a note that there is a new syllabus uploaded on the blog. The next three class sessions will now be:

  • April 1: Subject Analysis
  • April 8: Data and Information Organization
  • April 15: Documentalist Movement

In addition, please note the due dates for your in-class collection and for your final project presentations:

  • April 29: In-class collections due
    • Each group will show their collection to the class, and discuss why they made specific choices about how to catalog and display them, considering all we’ve learned this semester. We will also discuss the collections as a class.
  • May 6: Final projects due (essays & presentations)
    • Each group will present on their final project topic. You will also each turn in your individual essay portion of the final project.

That’s all!  🙂

Final Project Proposal

Diana Sapanaro

Group Members: Diana Sapanaro and Kate Chronister

My group has chosen the topic of Non-Western Cataloging Systems

I am interested in this topic because it is not directly covered in our course. It is logical that non-Western cataloging systems are not covered at Pratt since they are most likely not utilized in America. However, it is still interesting to learn about another country’s system of cataloging.


Liu, M., Kwok, L., & Chan, K. (2012). Why Change to the Chinese Classification
Scheme? A Case Study in an Academic Library. Cataloging & Classification
Quarterly, 50(8), 852-868.

Zhang, W. (2003). Classification for Chinese Libraries (CCL): Histories,
Accomplishments, Problems and Its Comparisons. Journal Of Educational
Media & Library Sciences, 41(1), 1-22.

Hu, Y., & Chen, Y. (2007). Differences Between the DDC and the CLC in Classifying
Works of Literature. Illinois Libraries, 86(4), 5-10.

Jiang, S. (2007). Into the Source and History of Chinese Culture: Knowledge
Classification in Ancient China. Libraries & The Cultural Record, 42(1), 1-20.

Based on my preliminary research, I have chosen to focus on The Chinese Library Classification also known as The Classification for Chinese Libraries and The New Classification Scheme for Chinese Libraries. In my paper, I would like to outline and explain the Chinese Library Classification System, briefly discuss its history, as well as compare it to Western Classification Systems, such as the Dewey Decimal System. Additionally, China has a long history of censorship. I would like to explore this impact upon libraries and their classification systems. Does China’s censorship manifest itself in the libraries’ catalog?

Final Project Proposal

Name:  Amelia George

Group Members:  Amelia George & Hailey Watkins

Topic:   User Interface Design

I am interested in this topic because it is something that affects everyone all over the world. I have had experiences with great user interfaces as well as horrible ones and this definitely decides how often I use a website regardless of the content. I am interested to learn more about what goes into the design process.


Blair-Early, A. & Zender, M. (2008). User Interface Design Principles for Interaction Design. Design Issues, 24(3), 85-107.

Schulze, A. N. (2001). User-Centered Design for Information Professionals. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 42(2), 116-122.

Wan, G. (2006). Visualizations for Digital Libraries. Information Technology & Libraries, 25(2), 88-94.

Based on my preliminary research, I have chosen to focus on the topic of user interface design on library websites. In my paper I will discuss the particular considerations of designing a library interface. How are library websites different from other ones? What do library users need to make their experience a positive one? Should libraries model their interface design off of popular websites like amazon and google? How can libraries improve their interface design? I will compare my experience as a user of different libraries’ software to try and answer these questions. This is an important topic as user experience is so important to the purpose of libraries.

Final Project

Kate Chronister

Kate Chronister and Diana Sapanaro

Non Western Cataloging Systems

I am interested in this topic because I am unsure of how people who use langauges that use non traditional alphabets catalogue and I would like to learn more about this.

Satija, M.P. (2009). Colon Classification. Encyclopedia of Library and Information and Library Sciences, Third Edition.

Idrees, H. (2012). Library Classification Systems and Organization of Islamic Knowledge. Library Resources & Technical Services56(3), 171-182.

e-prints in Library and Information Science.

Our group will be presenting on Non Western Cataloging but I would like to focus on the Colon Classification because I think it is an interesting way to classify information. I also find it interesting that this system is primarily used in India. I plan to research the history of this system and to find why it is primarily used in India.


Final Project Proposal

1. Hailey Watkins

2. Group: Hailey Watkins & Amelia George

3. Topic: User Interface Design

4. I am interested in this topic because it affects people in everyday life.  Every website a user visits has a specific design that is intended to make the user experience pleasant and easy.  This is done through careful design and analysis of user patterns and ways of thinking.  I am interested in this because the thought process behind user experience design is complex and truly affects everyone (although you only notice it when the experience is bad).

5. Sources:

Blair-Early, A., Zender, M. (2008). User interface design principles for interaction design. Design Issues, volume 24, No. 3, 85-107.

Hartson, R. (2012). The UX book: Process and guidelines for ensuring a quality user experience. Massachusetts: Elsevier.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (2014). User interface design basics. Retrieved from website:

6. Based on my preliminary research, I have chosen to focus on the topic of user experience for children, within the larger topic of user interface design.  This topic is extremely relevant in today’s world where children are learning more and more from educational websites and applications.  Questions regarding this topic are: How does a child’s user experience differ from an adult’s? Will it hinder or stimulate children when faced with a more challenging user interface?  Are children more susceptible to an intuitive user interface design than adults?

Example: Final Project Proposal Post

This is an example of how I would like each of you to post your proposal for your final project. You will be working in two-person groups for part of the project, but each of you must create a separate proposal post. This post is due before class on February 25th.

  1. Name: Starr Hoffman
  2. Group members:  Me, Myself, and I
  3. My group has chosen this topic: traditional cataloging
  4. I am interested in this topic because: I found MARC tags to be fascinating, and I’d like to learn more about them.
  5. List at least three specific resources that you have found that may be useful to your essay research. (You may or may not use them in your final essay.) One of these sources may be a website. 
    1. Author, Name. (2013). Article. Journal, 33/2, p. 1-23.
    2. Author, Name. (2013). Article. Journal, 33/2, p. 1-23.
    3. Website name.
  6. Based on my preliminary research, I have chosen to focus my individual research essay on the following aspect of my topic (one-paragraph abstract):

Our group will be presenting on MARC tags and their development. I’d like to focus my individual essay on how MARC tags can continue to be relevant for cataloging newer resources, such as websites and applications. I plan to research evidence citing how practical this approach might be.

Consider: How is your topic interesting or important?  Are there unresolved questions relating to your topic?  How might you approach these questions? (Your answer to this question will constitute your argument.  Your argument may change as you do more research on and think more deeply about your topic.)