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Article: Crafting Linked Open Data for Cultural Heritage: Mapping and Curation Tools for the Linked Jazz Project

The following article appears in the latest issue of The Code4Library Journal (Issue 21, July 2013).


Crafting Linked Open Data for Cultural Heritage: Mapping and Curation Tools for the Linked Jazz Project


M. Cristina Pattuelli
Pratt Institute

Matt Miller
NYPL Labs 

Leanora Lange
Center for Jewish History
Library Associate for Teachers College, Columbia University.

Sean Fitzell
Pratt Institute

Carolyn Li-Madeo
Pratt Institute 


The Code4Lib Journal
Issue 21, July 2013


This paper describes tools and methods developed as part of Linked Jazz, a project that uses Linked Open Data (LOD) to reveal personal and professional relationships among jazz musicians based on interviews from jazz archives. The overarching aim of Linked Jazz is to explore the possibilities offered by LOD to enhance the visibility of cultural heritage materials and enrich the semantics that describe them. While the full Linked Jazz dataset is still under development, this paper presents two applications that have laid the foundation for the creation of this dataset: the Mapping and Curator Tool, and the Transcript Analyzer. These applications have served primarily for data preparation, analysis, and curation and are representative of the types of tools and methods needed to craft linked data from digital content available on the web. This paper discusses these two domain-agnostic tools developed to create LOD from digital textual documents and offers insight into the process behind the creation of LOD in general.

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See Also: Linked Jazz Project

See Also: Linked Jazz Project Public Demo


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