Eric, I think this skips a step - which is the design step in which you 
create a domain model that uses linked data as its basis. RDF is not a 
serialization; it actually may require you to re-think the basic 
structure of your metadata. The reason for that is that it provides 
capabilities that record-based data models do not. Rather than starting 
with current metadata, you need to take a step back and ask: what does 
my information world look like as linked data?



On 11/19/13 5:04 AM, Eric Lease Morgan wrote:
> I believe participating in the Semantic Web and providing content via the principles of linked data is not "rocket surgery", especially for cultural heritage institutions -- libraries, archives, and museums. Here is a simple recipe for their participation:
>    1. use existing metadata standards (MARC, EAD, etc.) to describe
>       collections
>    2. use any number of existing tools to convert the metadata to
>       HTML, and save the HTML on a Web server
>    3. use any number of existing tools to convert the metadata to
>       RDF/XML (or some other "serialization" of RDF), and save the
>       RDF/XML on a Web server
>    4. rest, congratulate yourself, and share your experience with
>       others in your domain
>    5. after the first time though, go back to Step #1, but this time
>       work with other people inside your domain making sure you use as
>       many of the same URIs as possible
>    6. after the second time through, go back to Step #1, but this
>       time supplement access to your linked data with a triple store,
>       thus supporting search
>    7. after the third time through, go back to Step #1, but this
>       time use any number of existing tools to expose the content in
>       your other information systems (relational databases, OAI-PMH
>       data repositories, etc.)
>    8. for dessert, cogitate ways to exploit the linked data in your
>       domain to discover new and additional relationships between URIs,
>       and thus make the Semantic Web more of a reality
> What do you think?
> I am in the process of writing a guidebook on the topic of linked data and archives. In the guidebook I will elaborate on this recipe and provide instructions for its implementation. [1]
> [1] guidebook -
> --
> Eric Lease Morgan
> University of Notre Dame

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