EDINA are currently running a project called “Linked Data Focus” which is exploring how our projects and services can engage with Linked Data – whether as new published data sets or schema or as a way to enhance and improve our own content and services through connections to other data.
Part of my role is to look at new technologies and ideas that we could be working with. Linked Data offers some really fantastic opportunities for creating new services, tools and websites from data that is distributed across the web and across institutions. There is fluctuating interest in these technologies but the core concept that data should have context, should be interoperable (something I particularly appreciate as a former data munger* for SUNCAT) and should connect to other relevant data/metadata/resources seems very robust.
Last month I was delighted to be able to attend a “Linked Data Learn-In” held by the LD Focus tean as I was keen to hear how our own work was taking shape and to hear from the guest speaker Wilbert Kraan of JISC Cetis. I have just posted up my notes from the session on the Linked Data Focus Blog – do take a look. (Although the notes may look quite technical/acronym filled non techies can be reassured that I have loaded the post with through to project and tool pages, documentation and Wikipedia definitions.)
*Yes, “munging” is a real word and it refers to programmatically tweaking, manipulating and standardising data or metadata. SUNCAT collects data from almost 80 libraries so there is a fair bit of behind the scenes magic required to make all that metadata work together in one catalogue.