Kate Bowers

active 5 years, 10 months ago



Kate Bowers



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Short Bio

I am the Collections Services Archivist for Metadata, Systems, and Standards at Harvard University and adjunct faculty in Archives at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. I have held positions in information management, metadata, and standards at Tufts University, the Library of Congress, Harvard Law School, and the Harvard University Archives.

I work and teach the theory and practice of connecting users to the information they seek through metadata. Linked open data is the next frontier in this connectivity, and I want to be a part of bringing it from a great idea to an area of practice.

Interest in LODLAM

I see the potential of linked open data to change the landscape of for users and practitioners in libraries and archives by orders of magnitude. Libraries and archives are filled with use cases for leveraging the power of linked open data. VIAF has demonstrated its potential, but it is a tiny shred of the available data. Frozen in libraries' and archives' proprietary or local systems are troves of machine-readable data that could be readied for use. Buried in libraries' and archives' collections are sets of analog data that have yet even to be examined for their potential.


Library, Archive, Academic

Linked Open Data Projects

The Society of American Archivists published my faceted _Thesaurus for Use in College and University Archives_ in 2009. At that time, the Society was just beginning in electronic publishing and was not able to support RDF uses. The wheels of such institutions grind slowly, but I hope to see it re-published as the proper ontology it is.


Harvard Library