Much has been said about Linked Data, its ties to the Semantic Web, and its application for libraries, but what is it exactly and how does it work? This paper aims to answer these questions by defining Linked Data, discussing problems with libraries’ focus on bibliographic records, and exploring the potential of Linked Data as a solution in a rapidly evolving global discovery environment. A new discovery approach developed by the Bibliothèque nationale de France is presented as a service that takes advantage of the potential of linked data.

Keywords: Linked Open Data (LOD), Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LAMs), Entity-relationship model, MARC (MAchine-Readable Cataloging), Authority control, Subject access
Author: Schreur, Philip Evan
Publisher: ALCTS (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services)
Date created: 2012-05-01 04:00:00.000
Time required: P25M
Educational use: professionalDevelopment
Educational audience: generalPublic
Interactivity type: expositive

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