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UNLV's Linked Data Project

Upcoming Project presentations (April-June 2014)

By Silvia Southwick on April 14, 2014 10:07 AM | Permalink

Project presentations by Cory Lampert and Silvia Southwick


April 17, 5-7:30 pm: Leading to Linking: Introducing Linked Data to Academic Libraries at UNLV Academic Achievement Gala under the Innovation topic area. See announcement at the Provost's website.

May 20, 2-3 pm: Transforming CONTENTdm metadata to Linked data, at the Southern CONTENTdm Users Group Meeting. Check the program here.

June 28, 1:30-2:30 pm: Taking action: Linked data for digital collection managers at ALA Annual Meeting, room TBD.

Selected presentations of the project

By Silvia Southwick on April 10, 2014 2:57 PM | Permalink

The project has been presented in several conferences, workshops and user group meetings. Please find below a sample of 3 of these presentations. These presentations were followed by a demo of visualization tools that were used to display the linked data generated.

1) Workshop at the Marriott Library, October 2013, at Salt Lake City for Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL) partners. This was a full day workshop where in the morning we explored the basic concepts of linked data and in the afternoon attendees practice generating linked data from a sample digital collection

Part 1 of the Workshop (October 2013)

2) Presentation to the 2014 MWDL hub representatives, March 2013, Salt Lake City.

Hubs meeting (April 2014)

3) Presentation at the 2014 CNI members meeting, St. Louis

Ready, Set...Study! Tips on Forming a Linked Data Study Group

By Cory Lampert on April 8, 2014 2:53 PM | Permalink

Complex topics and tough problems are better tackled in a group.  One way to begin to look more closely at the practical details of linked data is to form a group of interested colleagues and start reading and discussing together.  At UNLV we formed a group with representatives from many functional areas of the library: Digital Collections was strongly represented but we also had members from Technical Services, Systems/Web, the IR department, and Assessment.  Not everyone had the same technical expertise, but we found that by creating an atmosphere where all questions were welcome that the group became a useful venue for working together to understand the basics of linked data.  The group was led by two librarians who often assigned readings or background material for the agenda, but no one on the group started as a linked data "expert", we all learned together. Sometimes it was a little chaotic. Sometimes the materials we chose were way above our heads, or so technical that were all bored to death. But other times we had little breakthroughs and these generated momentum for the group..Below are some of the topics we tackled in our first year.