Library Linked Data in the Cloud: OCLC's Experiments with New Models of Resource Description (Synthesis Lectures on the Semantic Web: Theory and Techn
By: Shenghui Wang (author), Carol Jean Godby (author), Jeffrey K. Mixter (author)Paperback
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This book describes OCLC's contributions to the transformation of the Internet from a web of documents to a Web of Data. The new Web is a growing 'cloud' of interconnected resources that identify the things people want to know about when they approach the Internet with an information need. The linked data architecture has achieved critical mass just as it has become clear that library standards for resource description are nearing obsolescence. Working for the world's largest library cooperative, OCLC researchers have been active participants in the development of next-generation standards for library resource description. By engaging with an international community of library and Web standards experts, they have published some of the most widely used RDF datasets representing library collections and librarianship. This book focuses on the conceptual and technical challenges involved in publishing linked data derived from traditional library metadata. This transformation is a high priority because most searches for information start not in the library, nor even in a Web-accessible library catalog, but elsewhere on the Internet.
Modeling data in a form that the broader Web understands will project the value of libraries into the Digital Information Age. The exposition is aimed at librarians, archivists, computer scientists, and other professionals interested in modeling bibliographic descriptions as linked data. It aims to achieve a balanced treatment of theory, technical detail, and practical application.
Carol Jean Godby is a Senior Research Scientist at OCLC, where she has directed projects with a focus on automated content analysis that produce research prototypes, open source software, improvements to national and international standards, and enhancements to OCLC's products, services, and data architecture. She has a Ph.D. in linguistics from Ohio State University. Her work on mapping library standards for bibliographic description is widely known to librarians and publishers. Since 2012, she has been a leader of a cross-division team at OCLC whose charter is to develop a next-generation data architecture based on the principles of linked data.
* Preface* Library Standards and the Semantic Web* Modeling Library Authority Files* Modeling and Discovering Creative Works* Entity Identification Through Text Mining* The Library Linked Data Cloud* Bibliography* Authors' Biographies
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