Saturday, June 28. 2014
Good talk by Richard Wallis this morning at the ALA Annual Conference on publishing entities on the web. Many of his points map extremely closely to what I've been saying and will be saying tomorrow during my own session (albeit with ten fewer minutes).
I was particularly heartened to hear him talk about the great potential for disintermediation of discovery of library resources, from aggregation by national and global providers like OCLC to directly crawling a library's own data and providing links directly to the library resources. This was one of the conclusions of the paper I published earlier this year.
I would have liked to have heard some mention of Evergreen, Koha, VuFind and other open source systems that are already publishing schema.org linked data, either in the context of SchemaBibEx where they served as reference implementations and proofs of concept, or in the context of system procurement. But you can't win them all!
Friday, June 27. 2014
And now I've finished leading the RDFa + schema.org codelab that I've been stressing over and refining for about a month at the American Library Association annual conference Practical linked data with open source preconference. Long story short, most people got about as far as I expected (part-way through the first exercise), but they all got through the initial hurdles and learned enough to keep learning on their own. My hopes are that this leads to:
Oh, and for posterity, I temporarily marked up this page to link to our pizza order form as a really lame short URL service, and as I did that impishly polluted the schema.org vocabulary with the new type
Wednesday, May 28. 2014
I've been at the 2014 Extended (formerly European) Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) in Anissaras, Greece for four days now. My reason for attending was to present my paper Seeding structured data by default in open source library systems (presentation) (paper).
It has been fantastic. As a librarian attending a conference dominated by computer science academics, I was met with genuine interest in my work on expressing schema.org metadata via RDFa in library catalogue web pages. Despite my relative inexperience in this milieu of PhD candidates and faculty, I was able to participate productively in the opening workshops and tutorials, and enjoyed the keynotes and panel sessions (I'll happily admit, though, that I was out of my depth in many of the main track sessions). And I was welcomed into (and enjoyed) social events and situations, something I tend to worry about when joining a new community.
After many discussions, and particularly after attending the cleverly named SALAD2014 (Services and Applications over Linked APIs and Data) workshop and the keynote on day one by Stefan Staab, my hope for many of the promises of the Semantic Web proper has been rekindled. The awareness amongst attendees of the need for pragmatism--support for developers and actual results--beyond just the interesting academic research.
These are good people, and this is a good community. Conference: recommended!
Oh, and there's this...
Thursday, March 20. 2014
Two things of note:
It has been fun and invigorating to hear the responses of those who are seeing the results and direction of this work for the first time! More thoughts to come...
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