Creating Linked Data
SLIS Associate Professor Karen F. Gracy, Ph.D., and Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., presented a poster titled “Creating Linked Data within Archival Description: Tools for Extracting, Validating, and Encoding Access Points for Finding Aids” at the DH 2015: International Conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), in Sydney, Australia, in June 2015.
The poster reports on ongoing research conducted by the School’s Linked Open Data—Libraries, Archives and Museums (LOD-LAM) research group and funded by a National Leadership Grant for $219,386 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to help improve access to digital resources through Linked Open Data (LOD).
Alumnus Sammy Davidson, M.L.I.S. ’13, M.S. ’15, served as research assistant, and student David Todd was the graduate assistant for this phase of the research. The project involved experimenting with three semantic analysis tools (including OpenCalais, MachineLinking and Cogito Intelligence) that provide a means for the identification, extraction and validation of name entities and topical terms from archival finding aids while developing a Semantic Analysis Method (SAM) Tool for automating the process.