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13th Annual Conference | March 4-7, 2018 | Austin, Texas & Online


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Wednesday, March 7 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
W08: Do Something Real with Linked Data: A Micro-projects Approach

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Everybody’s talking about linked data, but how do you begin working with it? This workshop will teach participants about basic linked data technologies that can be used to create “micro-projects” — small, approachable, hands-on projects that foster education and experimentation.

The instructors will provide an overview of how they have worked as part of a larger effort to build a culture of linked data engagement within a technical services department. This discussion will include an emphasis on educational efforts and planning techniques for linked data projects. The rest of the workshop will be made up of three activity sessions. Each session will include an introduction to a linked data technology, a brief discussion of project ideas, and a hand-ons practice activity. The technologies we will cover include harvesting URIs using MARCedit, entity reconciliation using OpenRefine, and semantic web markup using Schema.org and JSON-LD.

Participants will come away from this workshop with an understanding of basic linked data technologies and ideas for how they might engage with these technologies in a practical way — either as an individual contributor or a manager.

A basic understanding of metadata concepts (metadata standards, data formats, data manipulation, linked data) would be helpful for participants. Familiarity with MARCEdit, OpenRefine, and specific data formats MARC and JSON would be useful, but not necessary. Each activity session will begin with an introduction to the technology used, which should be enough for those previously unfamiliar with the technology.

This workshops will be available to in-person attendees only and requires an additional ticket. It will not be available via the Online Conference. 

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Jacob Shelby

Metadata Technologies Librarian, NCSU Libraries
Jacob Shelby is a metadata professional who focuses on data modeling, metadata consultation, and linked data exploration at NCSU Libraries. His research interests are in linked data, code for libraries and archives, and data sharing and reuse.
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Kristen Wilson

Project Manager / Business Analyst, Index Data
I work with libraries to design and build open source software. I'm also VP/president-elect of NASIG.

Wednesday March 7, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Room 105