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Linked Data for Libraries


***** Registration closing at 5 pm, Monday 3rd November *****


The Committee of the Cataloguing and Metadata Group (CMG) of the Library Association of Ireland (LAI) in association with Digital Repository of Ireland and Trinity College Library Dublin are delighted to announce that our 2014 Annual seminar - Linked data for libraries, will take place on the 6th November 2014 in the Long Room Hub, TCD. It will be followed by our AGM 

Event details

Linked Data: is this just a techie buzzword? does it have any relevance to libraries? will it transform library catalogues and cataloguing activities as we know them?

If you have been intrigued by the concept of linked data, but are not sure what it actually is and how, precisely, does it relate to libraries in general and cataloguing in particular, this seminar is for you! No prior knowledge is required; the talks from international data and cataloguing experts are designed to appeal to novices and experts alike.

In general, the aims of the seminar are as follows:

  • To contextualise and explain what linked data is
  • To demonstrate how existing bibliographic data can be converted into linked data
  • To show how linked data can be integrated into cataloguing workflows




Registration and refreshments




Introduction to linked data / Christophe Debruyne


Real linked data: publishing and using it / Owen Stephens


Publishing the British National Bibliography as linked open data / Corine Deliot



14.00- 14.45

Irish Record Linkage Project / Dr. Brian Gurrin and Dolores Grant


MARC and BIBFRAME / Tom Meehan


Close of Seminar; Break





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Speakers and abstracts

Christophe Debruyne



Christophe Debruyne is currently a postdoctoral researcher affiliated with both the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway and the Digital Repository of Ireland part of the Royal Irish Academy investigating Linked Data applications for the cultural heritage domain. He is also a lecturer and member of the Web & Information Systems Engineering (WISE) Laboratory, a research unit of the department of Computer Science of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. In 2013, Christophe obtained a PhD in computer science with a dissertation entitled "Grounding Ontologies with Social Processes and Natural Language". In his thesis, he investigated the role of the exchange of descriptions in natural language in the social interactions that take place when a community of stakeholders is collaboratively constructing ontologies.



What is Linked Data? Linked Data started off as a initiative called the Linking Open Data (LOD) project and is a global initiative to publish and interlink structured data on the Web using a combination of well established technologies: URIs to identify resources, RDF to describe those resources and the HTTP infrastructure to access those descriptions. In this presentation we briefly describe this initiative that resulted in billions of triples being available on the Web of Data and the technologies underpinning this initiative.


Owen Stephens



Owen has been working in Library and IT services within the Higher Education sector for over 15 years. As well as a strong technical background, Owen has been on the management team of the library services of two leading UK Universities (Royal Holloway, University of London and Imperial College London), and he has been responsible for a number of innovative projects at both institutional and national levels. Owen has been working with linked data since 2008 including creating and publishing linked data at the Open University, delivering training on linked data at the British Library and building small software tools to work with and exploit linked data.



In this session Owen will cover the practical aspects of both publishing and using linked data to build applications. By the end of the session attendees will understand a variety of approaches to publishing and using linked data and the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.


Corine Deliot




Corine Deliot is a Metadata Analyst at the British Library, where she has worked since 2000.  Corine is currently supporting development of the Library’s Collection Metadata Strategy and the development of its linked and open data services.  Corine represented the British Library on the MARC Advisory Committee from 2006-2013 and on the BIBFRAME Early Implementers Group.



The presentation describes the development of a linked data instance of the British National Bibliography (BNB) by the British Library. The focus is on the development of an RDF data model and the technical process to convert MARC 21 Bibliographic Data to Linked Data using existing resources. BNB was launched as linked open data in 2011 on a Talis platform. In 2013 it was migrated to a new platform, hosted by TSO. The presentation discusses issues arising from the development, implementation and running of a linked data service. It also looks ahead to plans for future developments.


Brian Gurrin




Brian Gurrin has worked as a lecturer and researcher in a number of Irish educational institutions, including T.C.D., N.U.I Maynooth, Queen’s University Belfast and, most recently, the University of Limerick. Brian’s primary research interests are in the broad field of demographics, which dovetails conveniently with the theme of the Irish Record Linkage, 1864-1913 project. A particular focus of his researches for the past number of years has been the examination of Irish religious demographics, 1560-1926, and he is currently completing a joint-authored major volume of Irish eighteenth-century religious population statistics. Between 2009-11 Brian was the Irish Centennial Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (History), during which time he researched the origins, growth and development of Irish local-governance practice and procedures. Brian is currently completing a monograph on this topic.


Dolores Grant

Dolores Grant is the Digital Archivist working on the Irish Record Linkage 1864-1913 project with the Digital Repository of Ireland, based at the Royal Irish Academy. Dolores is a professional archivist with an academic background in the humanities. Her Masters thesis focused on digital preservation in Irish repositories. She has previously worked at the National Archives of Ireland and University College Dublin.

Dolores is also a voluntary moderator and steering committee member of the Archives and Records Association (Ireland)’s hub for archival collection descriptions, the Irish Archives Resource.



The Irish Record Linkage Project 1864-1913 is a collaborative project which applies Linked Data technologies to pre-digitised births, deaths and marriages records to create a platform to store and link records. The resulting platform will provide a powerful research resource to enable the study of Irish infant and maternal mortality rates and patterns during this period of Irish history. Dr Brian Gurrin will speak about the problems and potentials of civil registration data for the historian. Dolores Grant explores the role of the digital archivist in this project and the potential of such collaborative Linked Data projects for archivists and librarians.


Thomas Meehan



Thomas Meehan has been Head of Current Cataloguing at UCL (University College London) since 2002 and has worked there in various roles since 1997. He spoke about linked data, MARC, and BIBFRAME at the CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group’s event “Linked Data: What Cataloguers Need to Know” in 2013 and at the CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group's Conference in 2014.



Since at least the time of Roy Tennant's 2002 Library Journal article entitled "MARC Must Die", MARC has been attracting growing criticism and calls for its replacement. This talk will look at what the problems with MARC are and how the Library of Congress is attempting to replace it through the linked data-based Bibframe initiative.