Presenter: Richard Wallis (OCLC)
Linked Data is all about identifying 'things' then describing them and their relationships in a web of other 'things', or entities. Many library linked data initiatives have focused on directly transforming records into RDF with little linking between the shared concepts captured within those records or to external authoritative representations of the same things. The British Library, with a linked data version of the British National Bibliography, was an early pioneer in attempting to model real world entities as a foundation for their data model. Similar research within OCLC, that led to the release of entities as open linked data from WorldCat.org, such as Works, has demonstrated the benefits of such an approach. It also demonstrates that there is much more than record-by-record format conversion required to successfully achieve a web of real world entities. Significant data mining processes, the open availability of authoritative data hubs (such as VIAF, FAST, Library of Congress), and the use of flexible and widely accepted vocabularies, all play a necessary part in this success. Richard will explore some of the issues and benefits of creating library data as descriptions of real world entities, and share some insights into the processes required and their results.