Debra Riley-Huff

active 4 years, 4 months ago



Debra Riley-Huff

Twitter handle

Short Bio

I am currently Head of Web Services and Associate Professor at the University of Mississippi Libraries. I hold a BFA in Visual Arts, an MLIS and a MS in Instructional Design and Technology. I have been an active web developer for over 10 years and I am advanced Drupal specialist. My research interests focus on the Semantic Web and Linked Data uses for Digital Humanities Web Applications and basic library user centric interfaces and services.

Interest in LODLAM

While I am active in the Drupal community, libraries and archives, I would like to better connect with others interested in and working with Linked Data. I believe that in order for Libraries to move forward with practical solutions, we need catalogers, metadata experts and web developers to work together. I am also very interested in what is happening in museums.


Library, Archive, Humanities, Academic, Research

Linked Open Data Projects

I am currently leading a small team in the development of a suite of Drupal 7 Web applications; most will use some type of Linked Open Data for pulling, publishing and pushing data. Drupal 7 has several Semantic Web technology possibilities including OAI-PMH, DC, RDFa, Microdata, JSON, Rich Snippets and more. In addition SPARQL queries can be run and endpoints can be opened. An Exhibition web application is nearing completion and will make use of an OAI-PMH as well as RDFa. The other planned projects will work with Government open data, archival data and our EAD Finding Aids. I am plan several experimental projects over the next 2 years with Microdata and JSON-LD.

Last year I gave a popular talk on the Semantic Web for our library and University Web and Integrated Applications Unit. I am currently authoring an article on Semantic Web Technologies in Drupal: Practical Applications for Libraries. I am a member of the W3C and I am currently part of the W3C “Schema Bib Extend Community Group” as well as the “JSON for Linking Data Community Group.”


University of Mississippi Libraries