Libraries, Linked Data, and the Semantic Web

Positioning Our Catalogs to Participate in the 21st Century Global Information Marketplace

An ALCTS Midwinter Symposium in Dallas, Texas.

Friday, January 20, 2012; 8:30am–4pm

The web is evolving from a global information space for storing individual documents into a highly diverse information network in which pieces of data interlink and work synergistically together to create meaning. Speakers will introduce the Semantic Web and the basics of linked data. Particular attention on library linked data will include a review of the state-of-the-art and some practical experience in linking library data to the greater linked data cloud.

This symposium is for librarians, developers of web applications, information architects, and others interested in the basic concept of the semantic web, linked data, and how libraries can take a leadership role in creating linked data solutions.


Peter Brantley ( is Director, BookServer Project at the Internet Archive. He is the co-founder of the Open Book Alliance, and is currently a contributing editor for Publishers Weekly, authoring a blog covering library-publisher relations. He was previously the Director of the Digital Library Federation, a non-profit association of research and national libraries. He has worked in senior information technology management roles for academic digital libraries.

Karen Coyle ( is a librarian with more than thirty years of experience with library technology. She consults in a variety of areas relating to digital libraries. Karen has published dozens of articles and reports, most available on her web site, She has served on standards committees including the MARC standards group (MARBI), NISO committee AX for the OpenURL standard, and was an ALA representative to the e-book standards development that led to the ePub standard. She follows, writes, and speaks on a wide range of policy areas, including intellectual property, privacy, and public access to information. As a consultant she works primarily on metadata development and technology planning. She is currently investigating the possibilities offered by the semantic web and linked data technology.

Corey A. Harper ( is Metadata Services Librarian, New York University Libraries. Prior to that, he was a metadata librarian and a digital library developer at the University of Oregon. He has been actively involved in the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) since 2002, and has focused his professional work on discussing Semantic Web technologies and Linked Open Data principles with librarians in a variety of venues.

Eric Miller ( is cofounder and president of Zepheira which provides solutions to effectively integrate, navigate, and manage information across boundaries of person, group and enterprise. Until 2007, Eric led the Semantic Web Initiative for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT. During his work at the W3C, Eric’s responsibilities included the architectural and technical leadership in the design and evolution of the Semantic Web.

Ross Singer ( is Interoperability and Open Standards Champion at Talis. Previously, Ross was an application developer at Georgia Tech’s library, Emory University libraries and the University of Tennessee libraries. While at Georgia Tech I founded MALTA (the Metro Atlanta Library Technology Association).