Adventures in Linked Data: Building a Connected Research Environment

Goddard, Lisa (2012) Adventures in Linked Data: Building a Connected Research Environment. In: Access Conference 2012, Oct 18-21, 2012, Montreal, QC. (Unpublished)

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This is the story of how one linked data fangirl finally got her hands dirty. The Canadian Writer’s Research Collaboratory (CWRC) is a CFI funded initiative to establish an online infrastructure for literary research in Canada. Bringing together scholars, programmers, and librarians from across Canada, the project exemplifies the themes of collaboration, scalability, and interoperability that characterize the emerging digital humanities research environment. Linked data is the basis of a machine readable web that will enable vastly more sophisticated queries against human language materials. As such, it holds particular promise for researchers inthe largely text-based disciplines of the humanities.This session explores one librarian’s experience working as part of a large research team to implement linked data from the ground up. We’ll follow CWRC’s progress from the initial daunting question of where to start, through the development of a linked data roadmap for the project. We’ll discuss lessons learned in the attempt to make sense of a tangle of possible platforms, tools, standards, and ontologies. Finally we’ll reflect on new opportunities and roles for libraries as the humanities struggle to redefine themselves in the digital age.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Item ID: 622
Keywords: linked data, semantic web, literary studies, digital humanities
Department(s): Memorial University Libraries
Date: 19 October 2012
Date Type: Completion

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