Scott Carlson is a library software developer for Arizona State University. Previously, he was metadata coordinator at Rice University’s Fondren Library and cataloging and metadata librarian at the American University of Sharjah (in the United Arab Emirates). His favorite P-Funk albums are Maggot Brain, Mothership Connection, and Free Your Mind . . . and Your Ass Will Follow, in that order.
Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian (An ALCTS Monograph)
- Table of Contents
- About the Authors
Linked data has become a punchline in certain circles of the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) community, derided as a much-hyped project that will ultimately never come to fruition. But the fact is, linked data is already happening now, evident in projects from Big Tech and the Wikimedia Foundation as well as the web pages of library service platforms. The goal of exposing cultural institutions’ records to the web is as important as ever—but for the non-technically minded, linked data can feel like a confusing morass of abstraction, jargon, and acronyms. Get conversant in linked data with this basic introduction from the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). The book’s expert contributors
- summarize the origins of linked data, from early computers and the creation of the World Wide Web through RDF;
- walk readers through the practical, everyday side of creating, identifying, and representing semantically rich linked data using as an example the funk classic Mothership Connection album from the band Parliament;
- explain the concept of ontologies;
- explore such linked data projects as Open Graph, DBpedia, BIBFRAME, and Schema.org’s Bib Extension;
- offer suggested solo and group entry-level projects for linked data-curious librarians who wish to dive deeper; and
- provide a handy glossary and links to additional resources.
This valuable primer on linked data will enable readers at any level of experience to get quickly up to speed on this important subject.
Chapter 1: Enquire Within Upon Everything
The Origins of Linked Data
Chapter 2: Unfunky and Obsolete
From MARC to RDF
Chapter 3: Mothership Connections
URIs and Serializations
Chapter 4: What Is a Thing?
Ontologies and Linked Data
Chapter 5: Once Upon a Time Called Now
Real-World Examples of Linked Data
Chapter 6: Tear the Roof Off the Sucker
Linked Library Data
Chapter 7: Freaky and Habit-Forming
Linked Data Projects That Even Librarians Can Mess Around With
Epilogue: The Unprovable Pudding: Where Is Linked Data in Everyday Library Life?
About the Authors
"The authors offer a frank and honest assessment of the past and present barriers to wider application of linked data ... [The book is] a good introduction to the big picture of what linked data is and how it has the potential to enhance the work already being down by libraries and other cultural heritage institutions. The language and examples are clear and easy to understand and give the reader the confidence to explore further on their own."
— Catalogue and Index
"I definitely applaud the authors attempts to broaden the appeal of a still-evolving and often hard-to-understand concept by unifying it under a running use case theme (in this case, P Funk music) throughout the book. Even if you are not a fan of P Funk, you may become a fan of linked data after reading Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian."
"Succeeds in demonstrating the strength and potential of linked data without overwhelming the reader with technical jargon or confusingly out of touch examples ... The authors achieve their goal of producing a work that would be useful for any GLAM professional who wants to know how linked data might impact their profession, while also providing a variety of opportunities to start engaging with linked data themselves."
— Serials Review