Posts Tagged ‘library data’

Intota™ Assessment In Beta With Development Partners

SEATTLE, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Marist College, a recognized leader in the use of technology for enhanced teaching and learning, began using Intota™ Assessment, a library collection analytics service from Serials Solutions®, a ProQuest business. Marist is the first Intota development partner to deploy Intota Assessment, and will be followed shortly by the other five partner libraries. Vital for today’s academic institutions, Intota Assessment offers libraries the ability to simplify collection maintenance, calculate its return on investment and showcase the value of the library.  Read more

Ready, Set, Lightning! 5-Minute Talks at SemTechBiz — Part 2

During the recent Semantic Technology and Business Conference in San Francisco, a motley crew of expert presenters got up in front of a packed room, took a deep breath, and spoke passionately about the semantic projects nearest and dearest to their hearts while the unforgiving clock ticked their five precious minutes away. At the conference I shared highlights from some of those aptly named Lightning Sessions. Here are a few more snappy sessions that captivated the room that day:

Semantic Technology to Shed Light on Big Dark Data with Ben Zamanzadeh, DataPop

DataPop is a startup in the field of semantic advertising. The company seeks to create actionable insights for clients with semantics. As Ben put it, “Ad data is still dark data. Consumer actions are very hard to understand and even harder to predict.” The talk description explains DataPop’s approach: “DataPop’s Semantic Advertising Technology uses Machine Learned Semantic Models to build and analyze advertising campaigns that surpasses conventional advertising capabilities. Composite Semantic Data Models are used to translate Big piles of Data into meaningful entities, then Inference Engines transcribe information such that decisions and strategies can be formed. Semantic Methods has made it possible for us to explain the reasoning behind ‘why’ things happen.” Read more

National Library of the Netherlands Releases 2 Large Datasets

An article out of OpenGLAM reports, “Last week, the National Library of the Netherlands (KB) has made two large datasets available. The images, texts and metadata are now available through a dedicated API. Ten thousand Dutch eighteenth century books and almost two centuries of parliament documents are the first datasets in the new service of the KB: dataservices. In the next months, more datasets will be released, accompanied with comprehensive documentation how the data can and cannot be used. They invite the user and developers to find appropiate ways of reusing the data and give a new purpose to it.” Read more

The Challenge of Effectively Preserving Digital Data

The Economist has published an article, Bit Rot, regarding how the world is losing its ability to reconstruct history. The article states, “Picture yourself as a historian in 2035, trying to make sense of this year’s American election campaign. Many of the websites and blogs now abuzz with news and comment will have long since perished. Data stored electronically decays. Many floppy disks from the early digital age are already unreadable. If you are lucky, copies of campaign material, and of e-mails and other materials (including declassified official documents), will be available in public libraries. But will you be able to read them? Already, NASA has lost data from some of its earliest missions to the moon because the machines used to read the tapes were scrapped and cannot be rebuilt.” Read more

Video Presentation: Semantic Technologies & Linked Data

Gary D. Price has posted a new four-part video on InfoDocket, Semantic Technologies & Linked Data for Digitized Collections. The video was taken of a presentation given March 7, 2012, at a meeting of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) Digitization Special Interest Group. The video is described thus: “How can librarians and archivists keep up with the soaring demand for content findability within their growing digital collections? This is something many search engines have not yet caught up with.” Read more

Linked Data, Libraries, and Telescopes

Richard Wallis recently commented on the incorporation of linked data and linked open data at libraries. Wallis writes, “Last summer, it was great to play a small part in the release of the British National Bibliography as Linked Data by the British Library – openly available via Talis and their Kasabi Platform.  Late last year the Library of Congress announced that Linked Data and RDF was on their roadmap, soon followed by the report and plan from Stanford University with Linked Data at its core.  More recently still, Europeana have opened up access to a large amount of cultural heritage, including library, data. Even more recently I note that OCLC, at their EMEA Regional Council Meeting in Birmingham this week, see Linked Data as an important topic on the library agenda.” Read more

Libraries, Museum Open Up Data Using CC0

In an article about CC0, the Creative Commons option that allows content creators and owners to dedicate works to the public domain, Jane Park reports, “CC0 has been getting lots of love in the last couple months in the realm of data, specifically GLAM data (GLAM as in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums). The national libraries of Spain and Germany have released their bibliographic data using the CC0 public domain dedication tool. For those of you who don’t know what that means, it means that the libraries have waived all copyrights to the extent possible in their jurisdictions, placing the data effectively into the public domain. What’s more, the data is available as linked open data, which means that the data sets are available as RDF (Resource Description Framework) on the web, enabling the data to be linked with other data from different sources.” Read more

Ontology Engineering Group Launches

Boris Villazon-Terrazas reports that the Ontology Engineering Group has announced the launch of, “an open initiative aimed at enriching the Web of Data with library data from the Spanish National Library. The SPARQL endpoint is available here. The RDF generation from MARC 21 records was done using our tool MARiMbA, which allows non-technical users to work on the mappings from MARC21 metadata to RDF using different RDFS/OWL vocabularies.” Read more

RDF, Linked Data, and the Library

Karen Coyle recently commented on the growing number of RDF and linked data projects in the field of library data. Coyle writes, “With the newly developed enthusiasm for RDF as the basis for library bibliographic data we are seeing a number of efforts to transform library data into this modern, web-friendly format. This is a positive development in many ways, but we need to be careful to make this transition cleanly without bringing along baggage from our past. Recent efforts have focused on translating library record formats into RDF with the result that we now have: ISBD in RDF, FRBR in RDF, [and] RDA in RDF, and will soon have MODS in RDF.” Read more

W3C to Publish Report on Library Linked Data

The W3C is set to publish a report this month on the topic of library linked data. The article reports, “The number of influential libraries publishing their metadata onto the web as linked open data, which is the heart of the Semantic Web, is growing at a dizzying rate. To further this trend, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a major nonlibrary organization that supports the technologies that undergird the Semantic Web (or the Web of Data), will release a new report.” Read more