Affiliation: Tufts University Digital Collections and University Archives
Country: United States
I am currently the Digital Project Manager in the Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, though soon to be the Archivist for Digital Collections at Tufts University. At UMass, I've overseen the development of their digital programs and their Fedora-based digital repository. Before UMass, I was the Collections Manager at the National Yiddish Book Center, where I oversaw the Book Center's physical collections and digital library. For the non-archives stuff: I play in an band that features circuit-bent instruments, I'm a published translator of Yiddish poetry, and I have 5-year old identical twin boys.
I am working on a project that models names in archival collections as linked data. I've setup a basic service at http://gslis.simmons.edu/archival, that serves linked data representing names that appear in the Special Collections and University Archives at UMass' (SCUA) finding aids. I've also worked on modeling collection-level linked data for archival collections, taking a much simpler tack than EAD. The data in this case is RDFa embedded in the HTML finding aids served by SCUA, http://www.library.umass.edu/spcoll/ead/mums563.html. This work includes a vocabulary that fills gaps in current, popular relevant vocabularies, http://purl.org/archival/vocab/arch. The goal of this project is to demonstrate how archives can easily publish linked data without the need for completely reinventing practices and platforms. This is a build as you go model, starting with embedding RDFa, and working up to more complex and robust strategies. I see this as a practical issue as well as a policy issue and I would be very interested to explore how ease of adoption might aid increase organizational support and the use of linked data in general.