1. trevormunoz

    “Publishing and Using Linked Open Data” course at Digital Humanities Winter Institute, January 7-11, 2013

    This winter, the Digital Humanities Winter Institute will be offering a course devoted to “Publishing and Using Linked Open Data” led by Richard Urban, Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Communication and Information. The publication of structured knowledge representations and open data on the Web opens new possibilities for collaboration among humanities researchers and cultural heritage organizations. This course will introduce participants to the core principles of Linked Open Data (LOD), techniques for building and understanding LOD models, how to locate LOD sources for research, tools for manipulating, visualizing, and integrating available data, and best practice methodologies for publicizing and sharing datasets. Interested members of the LODLAM community can follow the development of the course and other humanities-related linked data activities by following the #lod4h hashtag on Twitter. The Digital Humanities Winter Institute at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) is an extension of the highly-successful Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) at the University of Victoria. DHWI provides an opportunity for scholars to learn new skills relevant to digital scholarship and mingle with like-minded colleagues through coursework, social events, and lectures during an intensive, week-long event. Taking place during intersession, just prior to start of the spring semester at many institutions, DHWI especially welcomes participants not just...
  2. Ingrid Mason

    Persistent Object Identifiers POID

    I learned about a workshop discussing ideas around persistent identifiers held in the Netherlands last month as a result of seeing an email from Andrew Treloar @atreloar (Australian National Data Service – ANDS).  This workshop organised by the Knowledge Exchange was a seminar to pay: “attention to the usage of PIDs for publications, and increasingly for data, and for combinations of text, media and data. Also the relation with Author Identifiers was discussed. Standardisation and specifications for transparency between systems was addressed.  In break out sessions participants discussed the benefits and challenges in operating multiple persistent identifier systems and the relation of persistent identifiers to Linked Data.” This grabbed my attention because of some of the discussions both semantic and technical at #lodlam back in May and some of the architectural conundrums facing linked open data enthusiasts. “more than 40 experts involved in various Persistent Object Identifier (POID) communities met for a Knowledge Exchange seminar to discuss the challenges and opportunities involved in interoperability between multiple PID-systems.  Three major systems – Handle, URN:NBN and DOI – presented their current state of affairs and examples of their systems in practice….” The presentations from this seminar are online and provide some food for...
  3. MacKenzie Smith

    Proposed: a 4-star classification-scheme for linked open cultural metadata

    One of the outcomes of last week’s LOD-LAM Summit was a draft document proposing a new way to assess the openness/usefulness of linked data for the LAM community. This is a work in progress, but is already provoking interesting debate on our options as we try to create a shared strategy. Here’s what the document looks like today, and we welcome your comments, questions and feedback as we work towards version 1.0. ******************************************************************* DRAFT A 4 star classification-scheme for linked open cultural metadata Publishing openly licensed data on the Web and contributing to the Linked Open Data ecosystem can have a number of benefits for libraries, archives and museums. Driving users to your online content (e.g., by improved search engine optimization); Enabling new scholarship that can only be done with open data; Allowing the creation of new services for discovery; Stimulating collaboration in the library, archives and museums world and beyond. In order to achieve these benefits libraries, museums and archives are faced with decisions about releasing their metadata under various open terms. To be open and useful as linked data requires deliberate design choices and systems must be built from the beginning with openness and utility in mind. To...