Linked Data Tools: Connecting on the Web

$43.00
ALA Member: 
$ 38.70
Item Number: 
978-0-8389-5859-9
Published: 
2012
Publisher: 
ALA TechSource
Pages: 
48
Width: 
8 12"
Height: 
11"
Format: 
Softcover
  • Description
  • About the Authors

FRBR, RDA: Resource Description and Access, and Library of Congress's commitment to a new bibliographic framework all point toward opportunities for shared, linked library data. In this issue of Library Technology Reports, Karen Coyle updates readers on the development of fundamental resources such as standards, data elements, and term lists, showing how they fit together. In clear, straightforward language, she introduces common Semantic Web terminology and acronyms, like RDF, triples, SKOS, OWL, and SPARQL, showing readers how to locate defined metadata elements on the Web. Coyle lists and describes 20 sources of general use data elements to use, from ISBD elements to Facebook's Open Graph, also describing numerous examples of topical lists suited to linking with library data, including subject lists, thesauri, and other controlled vocabularies. For developers and programmers, Coyle describes emerging tools that facilitate data element creation, validation of Semantic Web structures, link creation, and linked data searching.

Topics include:

  • The future of bibliographic control
  • Four rules of linked data
  • Metadata definition and development
  • Link creation and term mapping
  • Additional resources, including websites, tutorials, and further reading

Karen Coyle

Karen Coyle is a librarian and a consultant in the area of digital libraries. She worked for over 20 years at the University of California in the California Digital Library, has served on library and information standards committees, and had written frequently on technical topics ranging from metadata development, technology management, system design, and on policy areas such as copyright and privacy. Coyle is the recipient of the 2011 ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award for her "Understanding the Semantic Web: Bibliographic Data and Metadata," the January 2010 issue of Library Technology Reports.

Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication and how you can subscribe here.