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Oklahoma Native Artists Project: Using Linked Open Data to Promote Oral Histories and Native Artists

Madison Chartier; Megan Macken

This poster features OSU Library’s ongoing case study on improving Oklahoma Native artists’ representation through LOD. At the heart of this effort is the Oklahoma Native Artists oral history collection, a project initiated in 2010. When an artist’s Wikipedia article was rejected for “lack of notability,” we employed Wikidata to increase documentation of Native artists’ exhibitions, awards, and bibliographies. While LOD connects disparate digital collections and improves notability, it also surfaces the fraught relationship for Native artists between representation and data collection. It raises questions about who benefits from these efforts and how individuals maintain agency over their representation.

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Identifiers in the Data: Changes and challenges after a URI enrichment project

Emily Semenoff

In early 2020, the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries conducted a URI enrichment of their catalog as part of a grant awarded through Linked Data for Production: Pathway to Implementation. This allowed the Libraries to take the first step in preparing their data for a linked data environment. However, adding identifiers into the catalog also came with a number of challenges, ranging from display changes to authority control issues. The presenter will share how the Libraries have navigated these challenges since the enrichment.

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Preparing for linked data: Mapping a library's metadata landscape

Greg Reeve

To successfully transform existing metadata to, and natively create metadata in, a linked data environment requires effective management of metadata. This poster will highlight an effort in the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University to map our metadata's landscape: the roles, systems, metadata, and processes associated with metadata in our library. Having a well-defined and documented metadata landscape will help our library engage in needed assessment and remediation efforts in preparation for transforming and publishing our metadata to a linked data environment.

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Linked Open Data and the Dictionary of Welsh Biography

Jason Evans

Using Wikidata we have developed a linked Open Data powered timeline of all Dictionary of Welsh Biography entries, with images from Commons and links to Wikipedia articles. The timeline uses Wikidata labels in English and Welsh to deliver a fully bilingual service complete with a range of content filters and a curated timeline of important events in Welsh history.

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San Francisco Changemakers, a PCC Wikidata Pilot Project

Annie Reid; Elisa Rodrigues

Our interdepartmental library team will share reflections on our participation in the PCC Wikidata pilot project, which is studying use of Wikidata entities for authority management. We created and enhanced Wikidata items for community leaders depicted in a mural which inspired a book and website created by University of San Francisco students, Changemakers: Biographies of African Americans in San Francisco Who Made a Difference. Our goal was to bring visibility to an underrepresented community while contributing to a linked open data project and learning how we could employ such projects to expose unique or hidden resources at our institution.

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PhotoStory of Zitkala-Sa: Representation Matters

Anchalee (Joy) Panigabutra-Roberts

Honoring activists from underrepresented groups is honorable. But how their images are used to represent them also matter, especially in the open linked data environment.

This poster session will focus on the case of Zitkala-Sa (Q2668090) and how her portraits are used on various websites and in the Wiki spaces. The particular problem of the usage of her younger portraits out of the context of her political activities will be discussed. The presenter will use Zitkala-Sa's photos and their timeline to illustrate how she has been mis-represented in comparison to her counterparts in the suffrage movement.

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Roadblocks to Linked Data Adoption: A survey of the landscape, mapped to the future

Rachel Evans

In 2010 D-Lib Magazine 2010 co-authors Gillian Byrne and Lisa Goddard summed up the state of linked data perfectly: "The technology is ready; it is now a matter of getting libraries and librarians ready." Sadly not much has changed in the decade since. This poster session will map out the various obstacles facing practical adoption of the semantic web with a focus on GLAM organization issues. "Roadblocks" highlighted will include privacy and rights management concerns, vendor generated metadata records, lack of fundamental awareness, and specific ILS barriers. The poster will conclude with a futuristic summary, as well as suggested resources.

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Wikibase and Artists Archives: Connecting “Experiments in Art and Technology” Data from the Rauschenberg Archives

Miranda Siler

E.A.T.+LOD is a project developed by the Semantic Lab at Pratt in collaboration with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives that leverages Wikibase and a dedicated suite of digital tools to uncover the rich web of relationships surrounding people, events and artworks as recorded in primary sources. This poster describes the methodology and development process, from OCR and entity recognition to triple building and querying, performed within the Wikibase environment. We will focus on aspects of data curation and modeling as well as the use of newly developed tools like Pomodoro for OCR and Selavy for linked data generation.

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Julius Rosenwald Digital Portal

Dannie Wynans; Lauran Wilson

In the early 20th century, the Julius Rosenwald Fund sought to uplift the black community in the rural south through the creation of schools, dispensing of fellowships, and other projects, but much of the material related to this important work remains inaccessible to the general public. Fisk University's Franklin Library proposes a digital portal to host material related to the Julius Rosenwald Fund from both our library's collection and material from collections at other universities, such as Tuskegee University and the University of Chicago, to provide universal access to this important material.

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Querying and reasoning about Extended Dates and Times as Linked Data

Ryan Shaw

The Extended Date and Time Format (EDTF), first developed at the Library of Congress and now incorporated into the ISO 8601 standard for representing dates and times, specifies a standard syntax for recording uncertain or approximate Gregorian calendar dates, dates with missing parts, sets of possible dates, and open-ended or recurring intervals of time. Currently working with EDTF strings requires implementation of a custom parser and comparison logic. But if EDTF times, sets and intervals were modeled as Linked Data, standard tools for querying and reasoning could be applied to them. This poster will present a draft model of EDTF concepts based on the OWL Time Ontology, and will demonstrate how it could be used to query, compare, and reason about EDTF times, sets and intervals without the need for custom software.

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Heritage PIDs: persistent identifiers connecting GLAM collections

Frances Madden

The AHRC-funded Heritage PIDs project is working to encourage the UK GLAM community to adopt persistent identifiers (PIDs) for their collection items and associated metadata. PIDs such as ARKs, DOIs and persistent URIs provide long-term accessible links to resources and enable their usage to be tracked and understood. The poster will illustrate the project's early findings and recommendations from a sector wide survey, two case studies and two workshops. These include the need for:

  • Resources to support decision makers articulating the value proposition of PIDs

  • Better understanding of the costs associated with implementing and maintaining PIDs

  • Sectoral policy and governance

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NAR(y) a source to cite: evaluating references in Wikidata

Alison Bailund

Browsing through Wikidata, you’ll see that many statements on a person’s date of birth, gender, or ethnicity include a reference “stated in LCNAF.” Most users will accept the reference as credible; however I have noticed a trend that many NAFs are including Wikipedia as a source and the information pulled lacks a citation. Once the LCNAF states this information, other sources pick it up and it spreads throughout multiple identifiers. Fixing these issues is time consuming, especially if multiple sources are affected.

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Museum Collections Management Commons: Collaborative Data Enrichment and Governance at the Five Colleges and Historic Deerfield

Carrie Evans

This poster will introduce participants to the goals and progress of the Museum Collections Management Commons project--a multi-year planning grant funded by the Mellon Foundation and administered by Five Colleges--to plan for the future of the consortium's museum database, shared by six partner museums of the Five Colleges and Historic Deerfield. This session will share initial findings from three research projects designed to assess the requirements for successful shared museum collections data, including the initial preparation and enrichment of existing metadata for use in linked and linked open environments, as well as possibilities for cross-collection discovery. Integral to this planning process are questions of data governance, equitable practice, and sustainable maintenance solutions, and we look forward to connecting with colleagues to present and discuss our approaches to these challenges.

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Linked Data Education and Training: Inclusion of Prominent Personalities in Archives and Records Management (ARM) Profession in LARIS Department, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Grace Temilou Ikenna

The Department of Library, Archival and Information Studies LARIS, University of Ibadan UI, Nigeria is a library school located in West Africa. LARIS was established in October 1959 when it started as Institute of Librarianship with a grant support by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Thereafter, it became a full fledge department called the Department of Library Studies located within the confines of the now Kenneth Dike Library. The main objectives were to aid the development of libraries and training librarians and solving problems of librarianship and bibliography with special reference to Africa filling the higher levels of the profession.

However, studies in literature have shown that, studying, designing and implementing linked data is becoming an increasingly important part of many information settings. Whether taking part in high profile grants or funded collaborations in institutions such as Libraries, Archives and Museums will require professionals that are versed in Linked Data technologies and practices. In view of this, diverse professionals from various fields of knowledge and background especially in the Library and Archival Science profession should be involved in the Linked Data projects that entrenched the linked data technologies and practices.

Therefore, the LARIS Department, UI, should look into implementing education and training on Linked Data technologies and projects. In achieving that, some prominent personalities in the ARM profession in the Department and other diverse voices should be involved in the Linked Data Education. There should also be a sensitisation to various stakeholders on availability and reliability of Linked Data. There should also be, incorporation of linked data into the day-to-day library operations or incorporation of linked data technologies into the LARIS curriculum.

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