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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Library 2.0 Gang 03/10: The Semantic Web and Linked Data

"The last couple of years has seen the emergence of the term Linked Data, which covers the pragmatic implementation of techniques and technologies espoused by the Semantic Web. The term Semantic Web itself, following Sir Tim Berners-Lee's first using it in 2001, has had somewhat of a bad press, being associated with artificial intelligence and the need for web publishers to add lots of metadata to their pages. Our guest on the Gang this month, Karen Coyle, has recently published a Library Technology Report - Understanding the Semantic Web: Bibliographic Data and Metadata. She was therefore in an great position to provide an introductory overview of the Semantic Web and how it could apply to the data rich world of libraries. Describing herself as a semantic web opportunists, not a semantic web purist, she was ideally placed to get this month's conversation going. Gang members Carl Grant and Marshall Breeding soon joined in the conversation, making it clear we were talking about the practical implementation of semantic web technologies, not the big 'vision'."

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