Challenges with Linked Data in Libraries

There has been a movement of applying Linked Data in libraries since few years ago.  Many presentations have been done in various library conferences such as IFLA and ALA Annual Conference.  There is a special annual conference called Semantic Web in Libraries hosted since 2009 providing a platform for libraries and cultural institutions to share their experiences of various Linked Data/Semantic Web initiatives.  You can visited their website here for more detail.

ALCTS of ALA has hosted a webinar titled “Challenges with Linked Data in Libraries” on 22 May 2013.  Here is the synopsis:

This hour-long webinar takes the discussion of linked data in libraries a step further. The benefits that linked data represents are incontestable: making relationships in metadata explicit, using web–friendly markup, and liberating libraries from their current data silos are all part of the appeal. Integrating library data onto the semantic web is imminent, but what are some of the obstacles that libraries will have to overcome? Linked data standards, multiple URIs, sophisticated query language issues, and the challenge of navigating a different set of data silos all will require libraries to re-think their approach as we move toward linked data.

The recorded video and presentation slides are made available here:

Recording (YouTube)

Slides (.pdf)

Those who are following the Linked Data movement should not miss this webinar.