April 7, 2016
Linked data. You may have been hearing these buzzwords floating around library land in the last year or so, or attended a conference session where it was thrown out with a mix of technical jargon as something very promising and exciting for libraries. But what is linked data exactly, and why should you be paying attention?
When you’re thinking about linked data, just imagine this simple task you probably do every day: you open a new tab in your browser, and you google something. Maybe a friend told you about a book she loved and you want to find out more. Outside of the library world (like it or not) most people’s first instinct when looking up information about a book is not to go to their local library’s website – it’s to go to their preferred search engine. Linked data makes it possible for someone in your community who googles “Harry Potter books” to see links to records and other info from your library in their search results. Excited yet? Well here’s more…
Intrigued yet? Wait until you learn about the Library.Link Network, a service from Zepheira and a partnership of libraries and vendors that exposes library data to search engines so that the people in your community can discover it. NoveList’s new Linked Library Service takes that data, transforms it, and publishes it to the Library.Link Network for you, with minimal maintenance or time on your end. We’re also working on a way to enrich your valuable data with all the great stuff from NoveList you know and love -- read-alikes, appeal factors, and more.
(Want to learn more about linked data? Join us for a free webcast event!)
We can’t state enough the importance of linked data to libraries, and we’re thrilled to be part of this game-changing venture bringing your library “out from behind the curtain.”
Cassi Hall is the Communications Specialist at NoveList.