Oxford Linked Open Data pilot

 

OXLOD is a one-year pilot project funded by the University of Oxford to assess the practical benefits of linking data for its Museums, Collections and related academic research. Linking data in different parts of the University will benefit research, enrich ‘discovery’, and create a model that can be used by other institutions. 

This pilot will test the value of presenting data from the University’s Gardens, Libraries & Museums (GLAM) collections as Linked Data on the Semantic Web in order to drive discoverability and consolidation for research, teaching and learning. Data from a small sample of GLAM datasets will be converted to Linked Data using a knowledge representation system that can be queried and the results presented as dynamically generated web pages.

The pilot will also explore the implications of using a wider Linked Data approach for GLAM, and assuming the initial results are encouraging, ways to expand it to a follow-on project.

 

Open Workshops (details below)

Open workshops are held on the second Tuesday of the month in OeRC - the University’s e-Research Centre in the Department of Engineering Science. They provide opportunities to learn about Linked Data from experts informally. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch. Each workshop provides up to date progress reports, brief presentations about the datasets linked over the past month, opportunities to transfer knowledge and attract new data from the broadly-defined heritage sector. 

 

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Open Workshops

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Agenda:

  • Gabriel Hanganu (OXLOD Project Manager) - Project background and main findings.
  • Kevin Page (Technical Lead), Athanasios Velios (Data Architect) - Linked Data and integrating data from heritage collections.
  • Athanasios Velios (OXLOD Data Architect), Chris Powell, Sarah Joomun, Andrew Morrison (OXLOD Library and Museum Leads) - Demo of a Linked Data implementation in Oxford GLAM collections.

Agenda:

  • Athanasios Velios (OxLOD Data Architect) - Linked Open Data introduction.
  • Alexandra Greathead (Senior Paper Conservator, Ashmolean Museum) - Conservation documentation in the Ashmolean.
  • Nicole Gilroy (Head of Book Conservation, Bodleian Library) - Workflow for managing digital images.
  • Nikki Tomkins (Conservator, Oxford Conservation Consortium) - Conservation of the Crouch collection.
  • Athanasios Velios (OXLOD data architect) - Cross-collection integration of condition survey data.

Agenda:

  • Athanasios Velios (OxLOD Data Architect) - Linked Open Data intro
  • Andrew Lamb (Collection Manager, Bate Collection) - Museum documentation at the Bate Collection 
  • Tim Myatt (Digital Partnerships Manager, Pitt Rivers Museum) - Music at the Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Sarah Joomun (OxLOD Museum lead) - Using OpenRefine to reconcile museum collection records
  • Athanasios Velios (OxLOD Data Architect) - Converting musical collection records to Linked Data

Agenda:

  • Kevin Page (OeRC and OxLOD Technical Lead) - Linked Open Data primer
  • Toby Burrows (OeRC Senior Researcher) - Mapping Manuscript Migrations project research questions 
  • Andrew Morrison (OxLOD Library lead) - Converting manuscript data from Bodleian Collections from TEI to XML  
  • Athanasios Velieos (OxLOD Data Architect) - Transforming manuscript data to Linked Data using FRBRoo and CIDOC-CRM
Agenda:
  • Athanasios Velios (OxLOD Data Architect) - Linked Data primer
  • Sarah Joomun (MNH, OxLOD Musuem lead) - Outline of GLAM Chinese collections in Oxford  
  • Athanasios Velieos - Linked Data integration of Chinese datasets from MHS, MNH, Bodleian, Ashmolean
Agenda:
  • Dr Stephen Johnston (MHS) - Challenges of converting scientific instruments catalogue records to linked data
  • Andrew Morrison (Bodelian Library and OXLOD Library Lead) - Converting TEI records from Bodleian FIHRIST to linked data  
  • Kevin Page (OeRC and OxLOD Technical Lead): Integration of MHS, FIHRIST, and Ashmolean Islamic data 

Agenda:

  • Progress to date
  • Overview of the Ashmolean datasets prepared for mapping - Chris Powell
  • Ashmolean Indian dataset integration and plans for reconcilliation - Athanasios Velios

Agenda:

  • Presentation from Stephen Johnson on the Museum of the History of Science's experience of migrating to EMu.
  • A detailed account of the steps and considerations for exporting data from EMu by Sarah Joomun of the Museum of Natural History.

 

Agenda:

  • Progress to date.
  • Presentation on Oxford University Herbaria data by Dr Stephen Harris.

 

Agenda:

  • Insight into Linked Data and progress to date.
  • Insights into the first linked dataset created with the Bodleian Chinese collection and presentation by Dr Joshua Seufert.
  • Analysis and next steps.
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