Linked Open Data and Scholarly Information

An assertion, a question, an example, food for thought, and a provocation.

  • Assertion: using linked open data methods enables discovery of scholarly resources across silos.
  • Question: what does this new method of constructing a semantic layer across scholarly resources mean for library practice?
  • Example: Stanford, Harvard, and Cornell university libraries are working on the Linked Data For Libraries project.  The goal: “to create a Scholarly Resource Semantic Information Store (SRSIS) model that works both within individual institutions and through a coordinated, extensible network of Linked Open Data to capture the intellectual value that librarians and other domain experts and scholars add to information resources when they describe, annotate, organize, select, and use those resources, together with the social value evident from patterns of usage.”
  • Food for thought: The Research Object (c/- Michael Gonzalez) “The useful outcomes of research are not just traditional publications. Instead they are everything else that goes into, and supports an investigation.” Developing a Workflow for Research Objects into DataBank by Jamie Wittenburg.  “traditional models of scientific scholarly communication often limit researchers to publishing only aspects that can be captured in text and static images.  These models are inadequate for supporting reproducability, a core tenet of the scientifice process.”
  • Provocation: The 2015 LODLAM Summit was recently held in Sydney and there’s incredible work being done by (mostly) libraries (scholarly and cultural) around the world to support resource discovery using linked open data methods.  Is this a topic we can dig into at the conference… as a part of the discussion on scholarly information and communication?  Is there an appetite to take on this semantic and technical challenge in university libraries here in Australia?  What might it mean to be able to break out of the clunky limits of federated search and web content management systems?  Can libraries be agile in the design of search in support of discovery of scholarly resources?

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2 thoughts on “Linked Open Data and Scholarly Information

  1. joanna46

    The 2nd trend in the following announcement is particularly relevant to Ingrid’s comments: “At its annual Spring conference in the US, the STM Association launched its newest version of the Technology Trends for 2015. The newest version of STM’s TECH TRENDS 2015 consists of three core trends that are highly related: Publishing Data as First Class Research Objects, then the Article as an element in a Hub and Spoke Model connecting many digital artifacts and last but not least: Reputation Management using new metrics and based on more elements than just the publication track record.” http://www.stm-assoc.org/standards-technology/resources/tech-trends-2015/

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