Linked Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums

How to Clean, Link and Publish your Metadata

by Seth van Hooland and Ruben Verborgh

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Abstract

Libraries, archives and museums are facing up to the challenge of providing access to fast growing collections while managing constrained budgets. Key to this is the creation, linking, and publishing of good quality metadata, which allows library collections to be discovered, accessed and disseminated in a sustainable manner. In this handbook, metadata experts van Hooland and Verborgh introduce the core concepts of metadata standards and Linked Data, and show how they can be applied to existing metadata. Giving readers the tools and understanding to achieve maximum results with limited resources, this book covers such crucial topics as

  • The value of metadata
  • Metadata creation, including architecture, data models, and standards
  • Metadata cleaning
  • Metadata reconciliation
  • Metadata enrichment through Linked Data and named-entity recognition
  • Importing and exporting metadata
  • Ensuring a sustainable publishing model

This handbook delivers the necessary conceptual and practical understanding to empower institutions to make the right decisions when making their resources accessible on the Web.