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Linked Data for Digital Libraries

22nd September 2013 in Valetta, Malta [AM]


This half-day tutorial is aimed at academics and practitioners interested in creating and using Library Linked Data. Linked Data has been embraced as the way to bring complex information onto the Web, enabling discoverability while maintaining the richness of the original data. This tutorial will offer participants an overview of how digital libraries are already using Linked Data, followed by a more detailed exploration of how to publish, discover and consume Linked Data. The practical part of the tutorial will include hands-on exercises in working with Linked Data and will be based on two main case studies: (1) linked authority data and VIAF; (2) place name information as Linked Data.

For practitioners, this tutorial provides a greater understanding of what Linked Data is, and how to prepare digital library materials for conversion to Linked Data. For researchers, this tutorial updates the state of the art in digital libraries, while remaining accessible to those learning Linked
Data principles for the first time. For library and iSchool instructors, the tutorial provides a valuable introduction to an area of growing interest for information organization curricula. For digital library project managers, this tutorial provides a deeper understanding of the principles of Linked Data, which is needed for bespoke projects that involve data mapping and the reuse of existing metadata models.


Uldis Bojars, National Library of Latvia

Dr. Uldis Bojars works at the National Library of Latvia where he explores library applications of Linked Data. He took part in the W3C Semantic Web Education and Outreach Interest Group and the W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group where he curated the Social Uses cluster of Library Linked Data use cases. Uldis has presented Linked Data topics at national and international meetings, and is a co-founder of the SIOC Project aimed at applying Semantic Web technologies to Social Web sites. He has a PhD in Computer Science from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Jodi Schneider, Digital Enterprise Research Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway

Formerly an academic librarian, Jodi Schneider joined the Semantic Web institute DERI in 2009. She holds an MA in mathematics (UT-Austin), an MS in library & information science (UIUC), and is about to complete her Ph.D. in Social Semantic Web (DERI, NUI Galway). Jodi is a coauthor of the W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group Final Report, which offers recommendations for library organizations and individuals in taking advantage of the technical advances Linked Data on the Web; the report has had wide impact since its publication in 2011, including translations into Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish. Previously she has conducted tutorials in Linked Data for Digital Humanities (Realising the Opportunities of Digital Humanities, Dublin, 2012) and presented talks at Code4Lib. She co-organized a JCDL workshop on Semantic Web Technologies for Libraries and Readers (STLR 2011). Jodi's research includes scientific and scholarly communication and applying Linked Data in cultural heritage organizations such as libraries.

Dr. Nuno Lopes, Digital Enterprise Research Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway / Digital Repository of Ireland

Dr. Nuno Lopes is a Research Associate with the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), member of the Reasoning and Querying Unit (URQ). He is especially interested in Knowledge Representation, Querying, and their application to Linked Data. During his PhD studies he worked on extensions of standard languages to facilitate integrating and converting data between heterogeneous formats. Resulting from this research, the XSPARQL language is an accepted W3C Member Submission that facilitates transforming data between relational databases, XML, and RDF. XSPARQL also implements the W3C RDB2RDF standard for transforming data from relational databases to RDF. Currently Nuno is working in close contact with the National Library of Ireland and Dublin City University, creating a Linked Data representation of the place names database of Ireland.

Platinum sponsor

Government of Malta - Ministry for Finance

Golden sponsor

Malta Tourism Authority Visit Malta

Springer LNCS
JCDL 2013, Indiana, USA
ICADL 2013, Bangalore, India
MTSR 2013, Thessaloniki, Greece
SIGIR 2014, Gold Coast, Australia
ELPUB 2014, Thessaloniki, Greece

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Organized by the University of Malta in partnership with COST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology.

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