Jumping into the Linked Data Pool: Two Texas Institutions within the LD4P Cohort




Graciani Picardo, Paloma
Ho, Jeannette
Ros, Amanda
Washington, Brittney

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Texas Digital Library


Adopting forward-facing and innovative approaches, including Semantic Web technologies, to support research with primary source materials is at the core of many libraries current strategic plan. In 2016, a two-year pilot supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation gathered a small number of institutions to work on strategies for the production of linked data for library resources. Phase one of the grant, titled Linked Data for Production (LD4P), evidenced the need to engage a much broader audience to ensure the transition from the current MARC-based system to linked data-based workflows was successful. In July 2018, an invitation to join an LD4P cohort was extended to members of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC). As a result, seventeen PCC libraries joined partner institutions (Stanford, Cornell, Harvard and University of Iowa) for a phase two of the grant, LD4P: Pathway to Implementation. As cohort members, Texas A&M University Libraries (TAMU) and the Harry Ransom Center (HRC) aim to identify a sustainable and scalable strategy to transition some of their MARC based workflows to those rooted in linked data. TAMU plans to use the cloud-based tools provided by LD4P to test whether they may contribute to more cost-effective workflows for professionals and paraprofessionals, according to principles from the Lean Enterprise Institute. It also plans to evaluate the effectiveness of BIBFRAME and its extensions for describing various types of special collection formats using RDA. The HRC is looking at evaluating models, vocabularies and best practices developed during LD4P phase one for the item-level description of rare and special collections materials using RDF, with emphasis on the ARM ontology. Both projects are very different in scope; however, they share an aspiration to engage with the library community in the development of shareable policies, techniques, and workflows to manage Linked Data bibliographic descriptions. This presentation will provide an introduction to key aspects of the LD4P2 project, an overview of both TAMU and the HRC’s contributions and expectations, and an opportunity to start a dialog about future collaboration with other Texas institutions.


Presented by University of Texas, Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center, 7B | Metadata, at TCDL 2019