Presentations from the Global Interoperability and Linked Data in Libraries Seminar held earlier this week in Florence have just been posted. The two-day seminar was divided into four sessions: 1) Linked data as a new paradigm of data interconnection; 2) Publishing value vocabularies as linked data (our talk was in this session); 3) Towards a web of data: standards and applications; 4) The public administration and library experiences. In his opening remarks, Mauro Guerrini (University of Florence, and chair of the seminar) explained the design of the seminar:
The four sessions are linked to each other! They are, namely, designed by the Scientific Committee as essential steps to fully understand the new web language, both from a strategic perspective (sessions 1-2), and from a technological standpoint (session 3), and, finally, in order to understand better existing experiences (session 4).
Our presentation, Dewey linked data: Making connections with old friends and new acquaintances (co-authored by Michal Panzer, who was busy making Dewey linked data magic on this side of the Atlantic and could not join me in Florence), discusses the evolving history of Dewey linked data as one of opportunity and experimentation with an eye toward usability and use. It includes several examples of potential uses of Dewey linked data; we welcome additional ideas from blog readers.
The seminar provided the opportunity to connect with a wide community of people in the cultural heritage space to discuss issues related to representation, linking, licensing, and public/private partnerships. During an informal conversation at lunch on the second day, Pat Riva (Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, and new EPC member) observed that the seminar brought together communities that don’t usually interact with each other. I couldn’t agree more—it made me think how prescient our subtitle (“Making connections with old friends and new acquaintances”) was in describing a key outcome of the seminar. On a personal note, I would like to thank our Italian hosts for a incredibly diverse, interesting, and well-managed seminar (and, of course, the setting plus food was an extra bonus). Grazie!