Timothy Cole

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Timothy Cole



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Short Bio

Timothy Cole is Mathematics and Digital Content Access Librarian, Professor of Library & Information Science, and Professor, University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States. His research over the last 18 years has focused on digital library architecture, interoperability and related technologies. He is co-author of the book, Using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) and has published and spoken widely on digital library services, strategies for creating and exploiting metadata, and the use of XML in digital libraries. He is past chair of the NSDL Technology Standing Committee and a former member of the OAI-PMH Technical Committee and the OAI-ORE Liaison Group. He is currently PI for the Open Annotation Collaboration, co-PI for Emblematica Online, and co-PI for Advancing the IMLS DCC to Promote Our Collective Heritage — all projects which are beginning to make more extensive use of RDF and to examine potential ways to contribute and leverage Linked Open Data services and datasets to facilitate user discovery and use of library resources.

Interest in LODLAM

The University of Illinois at UC Library and Library School have wide-ranging interests in LODLAM, both the theory and the practice. We want to take advantage of published subject vocabularies (like Iconclass, LCSH) to facilitate resource discovery, including search and discovery using terms from more than just English. We want to take advantage of resources such as VIAF to facilitate discovery based on author and publisher names. We want to provide users with links to additional context to facilitate identification and use of library resources. Lastly, as we hope to begin publishing at least small specialized bibliographic LOD datasets next year, we want to understand lessons learned to date. There is wide variation in practice among our peer libraries; we want to understand better what has worked well and what not so well, and why. And we want to understand the use cases that are currenlty driving LODLAM work.


Library, Academic, Research

Linked Open Data Projects

The Open Annotation Collaboration, http://www.openannotation.org/ (relevant past publications and presentations are linked from our wiki), has created a Web and resource-centric data model and ontology for describing scholarly annotations of digital content. This model is intended to be consistent with Semantic Web and LOD best practices and was created in the expectation that repositories of properly described scholarly annotations will prove good candidates for LOD datasets. In December 2011, in collaboration with the Annotation Ontology initiative (http://code.google.com/p/annotation-ontology/), OAC co-founded the W3C Open Annotation Community Group (http://www.w3.org/community/openannotation/). This Community Group has released a beta version of a reconciled OAC-AO data model and ontology and is expected to release a 1.0 version by January 2013.
Emblematica Online is a collaborative project between the University of Illinois at UC and the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. While its initial focus was simply on retrospectively digitizing Renaissance and Baroque period emblem books, it has now developed a prototype portal to this content that utilizes LOD services made available by Iconclass.org (http://iconclass.org/help/lod). We are currently looking at ways to extend this work, and also make use of VIAF in subsequent releases of the portal. We also anticipate releasing by the end of 2013 an emblem-focused LOD dataset describing more than 750 emblem books and more than 20, 000 of the emblems they contain.
Advancing the IMLS DCC to Promote Our Collective Heritage (http://imlsdcc.grainger.uiuc.edu/) involves an aggregation of metadata describing more than 1, 500 U.S. digital cultural heritage collections and more than 1 million items from a subset of these collections. We are currently investigating the potential to release at least the collection-level metadata descriptions as RDF XML, consistent with the Europeana Data Model — assuming that the current collaboration with Europeana participants regarding how to express collection-level descriptions in accord with the EDM resolves remaining open issues.


University of Illinois at UC