ALA Techsource on Linked Data and Future of Cataloging

ALA Techsource has published an overview of the American Library Association (ALA) Grassroots Program “From Legacy Data to Linked Data: Preparing Libraries for Web 3.0”. The published description of this event:

‘From Legacy Data to Linked Data: Preparing Libraries for Web 3.0. “How can library cataloging data be transformed to function within ‘Web 3.0′ and be understood by non-library web applications? Speakers from both the library and Semantic Web communities will explore the situation in a non-technical manner and describe current work underway to transform legacy library data into linked data.“’

managed to draw enough interest to pack the room and spill out well into the hallway. Shirley Lincicum has summarized the discussion and provided some fantastic coverage for those unable to attend. In this summary, Shirley cites the synergistic work between the Resource Description and Access (RDA) efforts and those of the Linked Data community. The panel built on this specific synergy as just one example of several that exist between between the Library and Web industries.

‘Linked data is a promising new platform for creating and sharing exactly the type of metadata that catalogers have been creating and managing for decades…. After years of uncertainty and hype, catalogers now have real support to transform they way they work and make ever more valuable contributions to the evolving information space on the Web.’

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