Karim Tharani - University of Saskatchewan
Exploring and Experimenting with Linked Data
- exposing, sharing and connecting pieces of data, information and knowledge on the semantic web using URIs and RDF
- using the web to create special kind of hyperlinks between data from different sources
- I love this comment about typical web behaviour - click and pray
- improved results through linked data, metadata
- evolution into digital humanities and linked library metadata
- description and discovery
- what does that mean for us?
- metadata does not communicate any better than individual cards in the card catalogue
- what if it could?
- uri, protects content against dead links, similar to using a P.O. Box instead of a home address
- markup behind the web, is what needs to change, web of data
- the semantic web allows machines to understand the meaning of the information
- subject, predicates and object
- distinguishes between written about a person, from written by a person
- BIBFRAME, from Library of Congress, allows the expertise of the librarian to take hold again and affect the future of the web
Although a lot of this presentation was over my head, I appreciated Karim's use of analogy so that individuals in the audience would have a frame of reference to the concept that he was presenting. He also has a brilliant sense of humour and an approachable presentation style.