KF Modified Linked Data Project: Final Report

27Mar2017 at 11:50 am (Classification) (, )

The final report of the KF Modified Linked Data Project was submitted to the CALL/ACBD Committee to Promote Research last fall and is available on the CALL/ACBD website.

This project began shortly after the CanLII Law, Government and Open Data Conference and Hackathon held in Ottawa, Ontario, September 13-14, 2013, where I had the opportunity to speak about “Linked Data and Canadian Legal Resources.” Inspired by the potential of the work done during this hackathon Sarah Sutherland[1] and I decided to work together and developed this linked data classification project. We subsequently submitted a research proposal to the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD) and were awarded a modest research grant that allowed us to begin work on this initiative.

 


[1] Manager, Content and Partnerships, Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)

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KF Modified Linked Data Project

11Sep2015 at 12:33 pm (General) ()

Update: November 25, 2015: Just discovered that the video for this session is available. As promised below, here’s the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6isTtCcilGE.


 

Oh, it’s been very quiet on the KF Modified Blog. So here’s a quick update.

Sarah Sutherland and I have been diligently working away on the KF Modified linked data project. As you may recall CALL/ACBD provided us with some seed money to work on a proof of concept and although we haven’t got a finished project to show at this point, we did deliver a presentation this morning at Access 2015.

I’m posting the slides from that presentation along with a link to the XML schema we’ve developed for KF Modified.

Updated 21Sep2015: Here are the links to the XSLT Stylesheet that was used to convert a small example of KF Modified XML to HTML (also uses this HTML stylesheet).

We presented with Christina Harlow from the University of Tenessee who talked about how she’s using linked data to augment authorities with a locally created vocabulary.

The session was live streamed and I’ll share that link when it becomes available.

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Exploring the Linked Data Application of KF Modified Classification

13Jan2014 at 1:18 pm (General) (, , , )

ld-cyrstal-fade-croppedHello all.

Happy to report that Sarah Sutherland (CanLII) and I have been awarded a CALL/ACBD research grant to explore the application of linked data to the KF Modified classification scheme.

This project was inspired by the recent release of the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) as linked data.  Providing KF Modified as linked data will open up opportunities for KF Modified to become a valuable tool for organizing common law legal resources on the semantic web.

Thanks to the Canadian Association of Law Libraries for their continued support of KF Modified!

Watch this blog for updates and progress reports!

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Class K is Now Available as Linked Data

14Apr2013 at 9:45 am (Classification) (, , )

Fantastic to learn that the Library of Congress has made class K of the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) scheme available as linked data. Kevin Ford, from the Network Development and MARC Standards Office at the Library of Congress, made the announcement on Wednesday and noted that K is likely the “largest class” bringing over two million additional resources to the collection of data found at ID.LOC.GOV.

Like the other classification schemes available at ID.LOC.GOV the K class has been released as beta. The Library of Congress “encourage[s] the submission of use cases describing how users would like to utilize the LCC data” and look forward to “working out issues with the data.”

Tina Gheen, the Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Law Library of Congress, talked about this linked data initiative last July and provides a nice overview that demonstrates the potential value of making LCC part of the Web. She also wrote about some of the challenges that come with expressing class K as linked data:

“… as any legal cataloger will tell you, Class K is full of all kinds of interesting tables needed to create a complete classification number. All these tables will need to be extrapolated into linked data as well. Semantic experts at LC have already devised a way to generate URIs and resources for the schedules and tables needed to create a classification number for the smaller classes like B and N. But duplicating that process for Class K is going to require a different level of processing power entirely. Can you feel that heat? It’s our poor servers endlessly churning away at the mountains of data and relationships buried in Class K!”

Such a great initiative and a perfect opportunity to see how we can use this to create a linked data version of KF Modified!

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Break On Through to the Other Side: The Library and Linked Data

15Mar2011 at 1:03 pm (General) (, , )

Although not related to KF Modified some of you may be interested in my recently published article on libraries and linked data, “Break On Through to the Other Side: The Library and Linked Data” (TALL Quarterly, v. 30 no. 1 (Spring 2011)). Many thanks to Susan Barker at the Toronto Association of Law Libraries for her assistance and support and to Timothy Bristow who has done a fantastic job with the layout (You won’t see that here however because this is the preprint 🙂 )

Here’s the abstract:

This article discusses the barriers that exist between our bibliographic data and other data available on the World Wide Web. The isolation of this bibliographic data is a problem that impacts on the successful integration of the library catalogue into the potential semantic Web of the future. It will look at two available data models for bibliographic data and introduces the Resource Description Framework (RDF) which has emerged as the preferred data model for enabling linked data on the Web. The article concludes with a brief look at some current activities related to linked data that are occurring as part of the development of Resource Description and Access (RDA).

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