Published: Cory Lampert and Darnelle Melvin

Cory Lampert and Darnelle Melvin (both Libraries) are co-authors on a new book, "Linked Data For The Perplexed Librarian," that will be released in March by the American Library Association Editions in collaboration with the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services. Lampert and Melvin co-authored the book with colleagues Scott Carlson from Arizona State University, and Anne Washington from the University of Houston. 

In the book, the authors: 

  • Summarize the origins of linked data, from early computers and the creation of the World Wide Web through RDF.
  • Walk readers through the practical, everyday side of creating, identifying, and representing semantically rich linked data using as an example the funk classic Mothership Connection album from the band Parliament.
  • Explain the concept of ontologies.
  • Explore such linked data projects as Open Graph, DBpedia, BIBFRAME, and’s Bib Extension.
  • Offer suggested solo and group entry-level projects for linked data-curious librarians who wish to dive deeper.
  • Provide a handy glossary and links to additional resources.

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