ALA Unit/Subunit: LITA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Linked Data is a set of best practices for exposing, sharing and connecting pieces of data. Linked Data has been used to a high degree in various industries, and its implementation in libraries is on the rise. This process allows the linking of separate data sources to create superior and more complete repositories of information. This complete information is then exposed via Linked Data to help boost discoverability of content in search engines.
In this session, we'll provide an overview on the history of Linked Data and the Bibliographic Framework Initiative (Bibframe), including the collecting and connecting of data from Google algorithms, geotagging MARC records, special collections, and calendar feeds. We will look at how best to use Linked Data to make the myriad of events, services and programming that libraries offer easily visible on the web. We will also discuss the best practices in synthesizing this data to promote these invaluable assets via search engines, which will increase a library’s discoverability to its community and further increase engagement and outreach.
Lastly, we will explore the future of federated data and specifically how blockchain might affect the storage of bibliographic data for libraries in an open, transparent and free manner. We'll discuss what blockchain is, how it works, and why it’s important for libraries.
Ravi Singh is the Executive Director of Demco Software, a division of Demco. He seeks to apply his vision of technology within the library industry to help libraries achieve success by fulfilling their mission and vision within the communities in which they serve. He is a technology & business veteran who’s worked with multiple software companies and has led successful exits (IPO, PE sale). Ravi currently sits on multiple advisory boards of technology companies and sees himself as a founder and growth hacker seeding innovation and growth mindset in library technology at Demco.
Jason Griffey is the founder and principal at Evenly Distributed (http://evenlydistributed.net), a technology consulting and creation firm for libraries, museums, education, and other non-profits. Jason is an Affiliate Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he studies hyperlocal micronetworks such as his LibraryBox Project and works on technologies that provide open and robust access to information for the future, such as blockchain and other decentralization technologies.