Affiliation: UKOLN, University of Bath
Sector: Archives, Libraries, Linked Data, Semantic Web
Country: United Kingdom
I'm a Project Manager and Technical Researcher at UKOLN, a centre of excellence in web and digital information technology research based at the University of Bath in the UK. I'm currently managing the LOCAH Linked Data project (http://blogs.ukoln.ac.uk/locah/). LOCAH is a JISC funded project to make the Archives Hub and Copac national data services available as structured Linked Data, for the benefit of education and research. The Archives Hub is an aggregation of archival descriptions from archive repositories across the UK - http://archiveshub.ac.uk. Copac provides access to the merged library catalogues of libraries throughout the UK, including all national libraries - http://copac.ac.uk. The LOCAH Project partners and consultants include UKOLN, Mimas, Eduserv, Talis, OCLC and Ed Summers at the Library of Congress. I'm also working in a liaison role, gathering evidence of the outputs from the JiscEXPO Linked Data Programme projects (http://bit.ly/jisc2-10). I represent UKOLN and JISC on various activities including Linked Data and the Semantic Web, and standards such as OAI-ORE and SWORD. I'm very excited about the LOD-LAM Summit, as it fits perfectly with my main interests and work activities, these having given me a wealth of knowledge that I'll be able to share at LOD-LAM. I have practical hands on experience of producing 5 star Linked Data interfaces for the two major UK national data services mentioned above. I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences and showing people how we produced archival and bibliographic Linked Data, as well as how we created visualisation prototypes that help demonstrate the benefits. I also have considerable experience of dealing with the challenges of producing and using Linked Data, typically including issues such as licensing, provenance, sustainability, and scalability. I'm also of course, very keen to learn from the experience of others at the event, and to help LOD LAM reach escape velocity.
LOCAH, JISC 'EXPO' Linked Data Programme Evidence Gathering