This session will explore the progress of the UK JISC-funded LOCAH Project: Linked Open Copac and Archives Hub. The project is making records from the Archives Hub service and Copac service available as Linked Data. The Archives Hub is an aggregation of archival metadata from repositories across the UK; Copac provides access to the merged library catalogues of libraries throughout the UK, including all national libraries. In each case the aim is to provide Linked Data, so that we make our data interconnected with other data sets.
The presentation will cover aspects of data modelling, the selection of vocabularies and the design of URI patterns. It will examine options for enriching the data, to provide links to other datasets. A prototype visualisation will be shown, demonstrating how Linked Data can enable researchers to interrogate data in different ways. The presentation will conclude with a look at some of the main opportunities and barriers to the creation and use of Linked Data.
The presentation will address a number of the questions posed by SWIB, including: how to produce useful links to and between newly published datasets; where to find LOD applications which show the added value created by linking assets; the value of open licences to LOD-based infrastructures.