Presentation on theme: "Geoff Browell, Senior Archives Services Manager, King’s College London"— Presentation transcript:
1 'Linked Data and the Step change Project: archive authorities, AIM25 and CALM’ Geoff Browell, Senior Archives Services Manager, King’s College LondonRobert Baxter, Senior Archivist, Cumbria Archive Service
2 Partnerships AIM25: archive collection descriptions for London Cumbria Archive Service: Local authority serviceUniversity of London Computer Centre (ULCC)AxiellHistorypin
3 Step change Builds on the JISC Open Metadata Pathway project Improve archive cataloguing and link archive repositories more effectively with external services in order to help users and make archive collections more accessibleNov 2011-July 2012
4 Aims Make more efficient the process of indexing & cataloguing Embed Linked Open Data in day-to-day archive workflowsTurn archive-related authority data into live servicesEnhancing the research value of archive catalogues by providing links to parallel or complementary servicesDemonstrate the broader value of Linked Data within organisationsReuse of archive catalogues in new and interesting ways – mixing content with useful data
5 ObjectivesTurning the UK Archival Thesaurus into a Linked Data version and live serviceDevelopment of the workflow tool from OMP – a tool for processing, validating and approving Linked Data ‘entities’Implementing UKAT and workflow tool in CALMTool that connects archive descriptions about places with the Historypin mapping service
20 Challenges 1: data & technical Place name vocabularies – different standards and inconsistenciesModeration and editing of LOD datasetsUri vocabularies; EAD; proprietary systemsAPIs – lack of availabilityInformation quality – LOD exposes poor quality or ambiguous information, which means more retroconversion & re- cataloguing – how is this funded?
21 Challenges 2: other issues Rights – for example reuse of maps out of context; re-use of datasetsTraining: archivists & other information professionalsDeveloping different services to jigsaw and connect – dependenciesUser experience – danger of information overload and visual appearance/display standards
22 Next stepsAxiell: development of tools to analyse and validate archive catalogues & related tools in CalmView (for CALM10)Historypin: tool to show relevant archive catalogue information alongside imagesAIM25: redevelopment of back-end and front end to express linking with other servicesRobust user testing and roadmap (professional and end-users)
23 Related JISC projectsTrenches to Triples: World War One-related triples from the Liddell Hart Centre for Military ArchivesWorld War One aggregation
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