Monika Szunejko

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Monika Szunejko


Short Bio

Monika Szunejko commenced her library career in academic libraries in WA and has worked in public, state and more academic libraries in Australia and Wales before joining the National Library of Australia in 2013. A passionate advocate for collaboration, national discovery and resource sharing services such as Libraries Australia and Trove – she is now responsible for the Australian National Bibliographic Database and the Libraries Australia Document Delivery service. Monika is currently Director, Database Services at the National Library and recently turned 25 (in library years).





Linked Open Data Projects

My interest and experience in linked open data lies in developing use cases for unlocking data as linked data. I am involved in OCLC’s Global Metadata Advisory Group who met in January 2015 to explore use cases for deploying linked data from the viewpoints of librarians, researchers, and library administrators. As the Australian National Bibliographic Database (containing over 26.5 million records) lies within my area of responsibility, I am interested in exposing the rich aggregation of library data and the identities that lie within. These identifiers that are known locally as Libraries Australia Authority data (for persons, places, organisations) are created by librarians across the nation, aggregated by Libraries Australia and supplied to VIAF and then on to ISNI to build international files of identifiers (that are linkable). Data from Libraries Australia also flows through to Trove and WorldCat – where it has been used to create Works based linked data by OCLC. In this sense, until now, the National Library has been an observer rather than major player in the linked data arena. At the National Library I am involved in a newly formed Linked Data Working Group working to develop a roadmap for linked data for the National Library of Australia.


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