May 17, 2022

Video: Semantic Technologies & Linked Data for Digitized Collections

Video of METRO Event

Semantic Technologies & Linked Data for Digitized Collections

The presentation took place on March 7, 2012 during a meeting of the  METRO Digitization Special Interest Group


Cynthia Tobar, CUNY Graduate Center

Leah Loscutoff, Brooklyn Historical Society


Ben Vershbow, Manager, NYPL Labs

Doug Reside, Digital Curator of Performing Arts, NYPL


How can librarians and archivists keep up with the soaring demand for content findability within their growing digital collections? This is something many search engines have not yet caught up with. However, by publishing data on the web as Linked Data, the web appears as a giant global database. As a result, some museums, libraries, and other data repositories are turning towards crowdsourcing, semantic technologies and linked data solutions, inviting volunteers to assist them with everything from transcribing rare archival documents, to annotating images and geographical datasets.

This panel will address the challenges and benefits of launching linked data and digital crowdsourcing projects, and panelists will discuss ways that sharing this type of knowledge work with the general public serves their institutions and changes the ways that staff interact with their public.

Topics addressed included:
– Improving access to and visibility of sources for researchers
– Workflow and platforms
– The unanticipated benefits and challenges of deploying such projects

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Part 1

Part 2

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Part 4

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.