Linked Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums
In Linked Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums: How to clean, link and publish your metadata, Seth van Hooland and Ruben Verborgh provide an effective manual for those who wish to understand and apply linked data principles to metadata for digitized cultural heritage collections. The book’s five main chapters cover the activities that must be undertaken in order to publish semantically rich metadata on the Web: modelling, cleaning, reconciling, enriching and publishing. Each chapter ends with a case study that describes the practical steps accomplished by a particular institution toward that chapter’s topical focus and introduces readers to a variety of tools and techniques useful for creating linked data. In addition, the authors’ companion Web site (freeyourmetadata.org) provides access to numerous tools and data sets for experimenting and working with linked data.
The early chapters provide solid guidance for anyone currently creating metadata for digitized cultural heritage objects. The later, more technical chapters provide a road map for the difficult task of publishing linked data. Throughout the handbook, the authors reiterate that creating and maintaining linked data is a difficult task, though not without its rewards. Practitioners in the field have yet to reach a consensus on the best technologies and methods for publishing and consuming linked data. As such, it can be challenging to choose an appropriate data model, serialization format, and delivery method for linked data, let alone clean, reconcile and enrich existing legacy data in order to bring it into the linked data environment. Van Hooland and Verborgh provide an accessible and useful road map for making intelligent decisions about how to best create and publish linked data for cultural heritage collections.
Andrew Weidner @metaweidner
The full version of this review appears in the Journal of Digital Media Management, Vol. 3, No. 3.