Library Linked Data: Early Activity and Development

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Library Technology Reports, January 2016 (52:1)

You've heard about the promise of Linked Data. But what's happening now? In the past few years, the library, archive, and museum (LAM) communities have developed new tools and standards, published new vocabularies, and explored new use cases and applications all with an eye toward sharing more data and increasing the visibility of their data across the web. As some early projects enter production, some institutions are shedding old systems and historic metadata practices. More fully formed models are emerging, and with them, standards, use cases, and conversion tools that will help your library experiment without starting from scratch. This issue of Library Technology Reports looks at large-scale projects such as BIBFRAME, DPLA, and WorldCat. Describing a trajectory of adoption, Mitchell examines the policies and practices influencing the community.

Erik T. Mitchell

Erik T. Mitchell is an assistant professor at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition to studying information technology adoption and use in libraries, he examines metadata issues and professional development in library and information science. Before joining the University of Maryland, he served as the assistant director for Technology Services in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University, where he worked for 12 years. During this time he coordinated the development, implementation, and management of a variety of library systems and most recently was responsible for the migration of the Reynolds Library IT services to cloud-based platforms. He is a columnist for the Journal of Web Librarianship and has published and presented on library IT, metadata use, and pedagogical approaches.

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"I appreciate reading Mitchell's book and getting a comprehensive linked data update in a clear and concise way."
— Against The Grain