The National Library Board, Singapore (“NLB”) is responsible for a great deal of information valuable to the Singapore public in the form of traditional library resources including physical and digital books and serial publications. In 2014 NLB has launched a project to make available much of the information cataloguing and characterizing these materials as Linked Data suitable for the Web. Doing so will make it easier for patrons to discover relevant materials and information through Web searches, social media, mobile applications and other developments which take advantage of modern Web technology.
This project includes an implementation of a Linked Data Management System (LDMS), transformation of selected library records into Linked Data resource formats in the LDMS, and a demonstration Web site which takes advantage of the special value of Linked Data. Led by the Resource Discovery & Management Group (RDM) of the NLB, responsible for creating metadata records for physical and digital materials, Latize has been brought into the role of systems integrator and Zepheira has been brought in for architectural leadership and data transformation services. Latize is providing the LDMS to host and manage linked data which is designed and transformed by Zepheira.
Zepheira is undertaking this project in connection with other projects for bringing library resources into the Web/Linked Data world. This includes the Bibliographic Framework (BIBFRAME) initiative Zepheira has led along with the US Library of Congress, work on Library Linked Data for Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), the BIBFLOW project to reinvent cataloging and models for the future of library operations, with University of California, Davis, and more.
In completing this project for NLB Zepheira shall be employing our expertise in Linked Data modeling, Library Linked Data, and our tools to support data modeling and conversion from MARC, Dublin Core/XML, ISAD-G and other legacy library, museum and archives data formats.