Karim Tharani is an Information Technology Librarian at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. Tharani has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Systems Science from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. Tharani obtained his MLIS degree from the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining the University Library, Tharani worked as an Information Technology Consultant at IBM Canada Ltd.
|Interest in LODLAM||
Over my career both as an IT consultant at IBM and IT librarian at the universities, I have seen many vendors and technology solutions that promise to eliminate "islands" of data. In reality what happens is that yet another bigger island is created. In my opinion the Linked Data movement is a more realistic and pluralistic approach to coupling disparate and diverse data sources such that the growth of individual sources is not constraint but is enriched by making more connections. Its a beautiful approach!
|Linked Open Data Projects||
There are two Linked Data projects that are in the planning stage here at the U o S Library.
The first of these projects, named Metayogi, is aimed at designing and developing a framework to store, leverage and exchange metadata from existing library systems like ILS, USearch, ERMA, as well as variety of digital repositories (CONTENTdm, eCommons, Islandora, etc.). When fully developed, the framework will not only help in minimizing duplication of metadata but will also provide much-needed functionality to consolidate thematic metadata from disparate sources using single system and interface. The project will see use of Mongo database to implement RDF and Linked Data principles.
The second project is more research oriented in nature and is in the process of grant approval. The motivation behind this research project is to apply Linked Data principles to digitally safeguard oral traditions. Historically libraries have not done a good job of cataloguing and preserving oral traditions. As a result communities with rich intangible heritage have tried to find ways of preserving their traditions on their own giving rise to unorganized and unstructured websites. There is a dire need to bring data awareness to these website using semantic web philosophy. Using Ginans, a collection of oral hymns of South Asian origin, the project aims to bring disparate community data, collections, and websites together by linking, publishing, and presenting metadata with rigour of bibliographic control and reach of linked data principles.