May 18, 2022

University of Alberta Library (UAL) Announces Launch of Linked Data Implementation Plan

From the U. of Alberta Libraries (UAL):

UAL is actively and strategically implementing linked data to:

  • Facilitate different modes of discovery for enhancing user discovery experiences.
  • Enable new modes of discovery within and across collections (ours and others’).
  • Provide open access to our metadata for the widest of audiences.
  • Support cataloging and metadata practices to incorporate more appropriate and respectful terminology in our vocabularies.
  • Improve workflows for data transformation, migration, assessment, and enhancement.
  • Support long term data preservation with emerging linked data standards.


It is also worth noting that this plan is in collaboration with key international partnerships.  These include, but are not limited to, Linked Data for Production (LD4P), Share-VDE, and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC).  In the case of Share-VDE, UAL recently signed a 5 year MoU for continued participation and collaboration, and through partnerships such as these we can contribute to, and leverage the strength of the wider community for the development of new tools for linked data based resource description and discovery.

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