Linked Data in the library: an introduction

OCLC Research have recently produced an introductory video to linked data for libraries. With a running time of about 15 minutes, it’s a concise introduction all of the key concepts and why these things should matter to libraries (and even uses the BBC Nature website as an example).

Another great introduction to this subject is Owen Stephens’ introduction to Linked Data blog post.

Linked Data is a pretty amorphous term that is sometimes used alongside if not interchangeably with open data, big data, semantic web and other behemoths of the new information order. It’s something that can be (relatively) easy  to accept as a concept without digging too deep into the practical applications.

It wasn’t too long ago that OCLC announced they were adding linked data to WorldCat by applying mark-up to their records. And if you’re interested in other real-world examples, there’s also slides available from the recent IFLA roundtable discussion about Linked Open Data at the British Library.

A current US  project is looking specifically at training for Linked Data in a higher education context but I’m not aware of any formal Linked Data training in the UK and library and information studies programmes haven’t really delved into this area. Admittedly, this is based on a quick perusal of Information Management course curricula so please correct me if I’m wrong.

Let’s face it, there’s a *lot* of data held and managed by libraries and demonstrating the value of this data to our users (and our funders!) is increasingly important. Linked (and open) data adoption is key to publishing data in reusable ways and promoting library data more widely.

Multimedia Information and Techology: journal news 15 July 2010

– Europeana selects new chair

– Cilip’s July council meeting

– iPads for academics

– NAG Conference 2010 Shaping the Future – Library Services in Changing Times

– The semantic web

– News from the National Archives

–        Europeana selects new chair

–        Cilip’s July council meeting

–        iPads for academics

–        NAG Conference 2010 Shaping the Future – Library Services in Changing Times

–        The semantic web     

–        News from the National Archives

1. Europeana selects new chair

Europeana Council of Content Providers and Aggregators, a cross-domain group which supports Creative & Cultural Industry organisations throughout the EU in sharing their digital collections via the Europeana portal, has selected Collections Trust CEO Nick Poole as Chair.

 Europeana is funded by the European Commission to bring together and make available the online collections of thousands of museums, archives, libraries, publishers and other content providers throughout the EU. The purpose of the Council is to identify and create new opportunities for partnership between Europeana and the Cultural and Creative Industries.

2. Cilip’s July council meeting

Blog on July’s Cilip council meeting

3. iPads for academics

Thoughts on iPads for academics at

from Alex Golub, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

4. NAG Conference 2010 Shaping the Future – Library Services in Changing Times

 University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, September 8th and 9th

 Speakers include:

 *          Tony Durcan of Newcastle Libraries will give the keynote

 *          Malcolm Pendreigh will talk about the Legal Deposit Service in Edinburgh

 *          Liz McGettigan (Edinburgh Libraries) will cover managing change in libraries

  *         David Lindley will talk about promoting our services in changing time

  *         A posse of speakers will address standards update including ISO 285650 and RFP for RFID, E4libraries, RDA and Servicing Guidelines

  *         Caron Milloy and Ben Taplin will update on the National Observatory Project and the Digital Licensing Service

  *         Les Watson will speak about the Saltire Library


5. The semantic web     

Web content and the semantic web – video from OpenText

6. News from the National Archives

Churchill’s famous speech, given 70 years ago this summer, came during the Battle of Britain, one of the key conflicts of the Second World War. The battle saw British and German pilots warring in the skies over Britain for several months from July 1940.

You can find digitised combat reports from the Air Ministry on DocumentsOnline, NA’s digitised record collection. These fascinating narratives tell the story of the Battle of Britain, describing aerial encounters through the pilots’ own words.

Search the air combat reports.