Rachel Frick recently shared her thoughts on the expanding reach of linked data in the library community as part of the latest issue of the Council on Library and Information Resources journal. Frick writes, “Efforts and interest surrounding linked data and the semantic web are growing rapidly in the digital library community. I am often asked, ‘What is [the Digital Library Foundation] DLF doing in relation to linked data?’ As a community-driven organization, we need to identify where it makes the most sense for the DLF to engage, and where we can contribute for the greatest benefit. Linked data is about ‘using the Web to connect related data that wasn’t previously linked, or using the Web to lower the barriers to linking data currently linked using other methods,’ according to Linkeddata.org.”

Frink continues, “I have recently attended several meetings where linked open data was the focus of the conversation. These meetings have provided valuable perspective on some of the key issues and needs in the community, and have helped point the way to next steps for DLF. On May 16–17, the Berkman Center, together with Open Knowledge Commons and the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam, convened a group of technical and legal experts from public and research libraries and government agencies in the United States and Europe for a workshop on global interoperability in digital libraries. The goal was to identify lessons learned from existing projects and to apply these lessons to the developing Digital Library of America effort. Much of the discussion examined the opportunities for interoperability that linked open data offers.”

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