Linked Data and Linked Open Data Projects for Libraries, Archives and Museums: Constructing Pathways to Information Discovery and Cultural Heritage Sector Collaboration
Paquet, Anna P.
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This paper examines current Cultural Heritage-based Linked data and linked open data projects developed by Libraries, Archives and Museums (LAMs). The following research questions are explored: R1: Are there similarities and/or differences between libraries, archives and museums in how their linked data and linked open data projects, approaches and strategies are being implemented? R2: What specific linked data and linked open data tools and tactics are being employed, and are there key variations between libraries, archives and museums? The linked data/linked open data landscape has advanced since Tim Berners-Lee (et al.) introduced the concept of the Semantic Web, but challenges for LAMs remain as they work with their collections’ data to create new web-based projects. Fundamental to these efforts is the creation, linking, and publishing of good quality metadata that will allow LAM collections to be discovered, accessed, and disseminated through viable methods. Trends across LAM sectors for linked data and linked open data projects include: global communication and collaborative research, use of wiki-based technologies, and efforts to improve sustainability. Application concepts from the Digital Curation Centre’s Curation Lifecycle Model and Adrian Brown’s Digital Preservation Maturity Model may help guide LAMs toward greater sustainability of linked data and linked open data collections’ projects. Keywords: