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> Dumping the data using the [CONTENTdm] web-services API into LOD representations
> is definitely the way to go. CONTENTdm out of the box has no
> capacity to act as an LOD provider.
I've written a simple application, easyLOD, for exposing Linked Data from various sources, and have included a CONTENTdm plugin (there's also a simple plugin to get Dublin Core from a MySQL database and FOAF data from a CSV file). It's at https://github.com/mjordan/easyLOD .
To get it to work with CONTENTdm:
1) unzip https://github.com/mjordan/easyLOD/archive/master.zip and put the easyLOD directory in the webroot of a server running PHP 5.3
2) edit data_sources/cdm/cdm.php to use your CONTENTdm server
3) get the alias and pointer of an item in CONTENTdm that has some Dublin Core fields (e.g., in the case of http://content.lib.sfu.ca/cdm/compoundobject/collection/bcp/id/15068, the alias is 'bcp' and the pointer is '15068')
4) the URI for this item in easyLOD is: e.g., http://path/to/easylod/resource/cdm:bcp:15068
5) to see the RDF representation for this item, issue the command curl -L -H 'Accept: application/rdf+xml' http://path/to/easylod/resource/cdm:bcp:15068 (of course using an alias and pointer from one of your own collections)
6) to see the human-readable version of this metadata, point your graphical web browser at the same URL.