1. Antoine Isaac

    What is Europeana doing with semantic web and linked open data?

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    We’ve received this question several times. Especially since we’ve been claiming for a while that linked data was important for us, for example in this whitepaper, and have tried to encourage its promotion in our domain, for example by this video… The coming LODLAM summit provides a good reason to blog about it. Perhaps this can help discuss, understand and guide how organisations like ours can use it… First, of course, we’ve played with a “real” Linked Open Data service, data.europeana.eu. But it’s still in pilot phase, not yet strictly aligned with our production system. That will happen in the coming months. However, what I want here is to discuss to other features, which are in the production service, but more hidden, and that show that there’s more in the LOD vision that applying an entire technical stack at once, as often presented in the books. The foundation for adopting the LOD vision at Europeana is in fact quite deep: a new data model, EDM. As opposed to what Europeana had been based before (plain flat records) the new model encourages providers to send richer, networked metadata. An good thing is that even before the model was implemented, it had...
  2. Ingrid Mason

    Autumn leaves float across the Tasman sea

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    Connections, it is all about connections… that’s all I could think about whilst swimming this morning. A gorgeous Sunday in Sydney, Australia. Blue dome sky and a stupendously bright tree radiating autumn. The reason I have connections on the brain is that my sister Cara and I exchanged images via email last week. She sent me a beautiful picture of golden leaves and I returned with this flaming tree. We were connecting our sense of the season change across the Tasman sea. Linked Open Data Designers Where is this post going you ask? Well, it is going in the direction of something that always bothers me: who are the beneficiaries of the efforts made to provide linked open data? What impact are we going to have as a community of archivists, curators, developers, information managers, librarians, architects — as designers — on our communities, people like my sister, or the researchers I work with? This is a HUGE season change within the GLAM sector. I finally found the time to read a post by Marshall Breeding: The Systems Librarian, 26 May 2013 “Linked Data: the Next Big Wave or Another Tech Fad?. I recommend it, there is a potted history...
  3. Ingrid Mason

    Pop-Up LODLAM at THATCamp Brisvegas

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    Pop-ups are for LODLAM events and not only for café, shops, restaurants or exhibitions! A pop-up LODLAM will happen at the THATCamp in Brisbane on Saturday 25th August 2012. For more details see the THATCamp Brisbane website and make sure if you’re keen to be part of the LODLAM pop-up, ideally you register. The good bit about registering is you also get lunch catered for.   The THATCamp Brisbane organisers invite digital arts and humanities researchers and professionals in the GLAM sector to join in and participate in the unconference. The pop-up LODLAM at the THATCamp follows on from the two LODLAM events run in Melbourne with the support of Eleanor Whitworth (Culture Victoria) and Ely Wallis (Museum Victoria). At both Melbourne LODLAM events, Conal Tuohy has attended to talk about linked open data, and more recently how linked open data might work on the “HuNI” (Humanities Networked Infrastructure) virtual laboratory project, funded by NeCTAR in Australia. The HuNI project website is in the process of being filled and the Trac/wiki working site is up, called Apidictor which may be interesting to follow if people want to see a humanities linked open data project in action. Conal Tuohy will be...