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Wednesday, March 7: Semantic Technologies & Linked Data for Digitized Collections

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    Semantic Technologies & Linked Data for Digitized Collections
    Metropolitan New York Library Council, 57 East 11th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY 10003-4605
    Wednesday, March 7, 2012
    10am-12pm

    How can librarians and archivists keep up with the soaring demand for content findability within their growing digital collections? This is something many search engines have not yet caught up with. However, by publishing data on the web as Linked Data, the web appears as a giant global database. As a result, some museums, libraries and other data repositories are turning towards crowdsourcing, semantic technologies and linked data solutions, inviting volunteers to assist them with everything from transcribing rare archival documents, to annotating images and geographical datasets.
    This panel will address the challenges and benefits of launching linked data and digital crowdsourcing projects, and panelists will discuss ways that sharing this type of knowledge work with the general public serves their institutions and change the ways that staff interact with their public.
    Topics addressed will include:
    • Improving access to and visibility of sources for researchers
    • Workflow and platforms
    • The unanticipated benefits and challenges of deploying such projects
    Panelists:
    – Lacy Schutz, Director of Collections Access, Museum of the City of New York
    – Todd Carter, Founder/CEO, Tagasauris, Inc.
    – Evan Sandhaus, Lead Architect, Semantic Platforms, New York Times
    – Ben Vershbow, Manager, NYPL Labs
    – Doug Reside, Digital Curator of Performing Arts, NYPL

    Please register at: http://www.metro.org/en/cev/157

    The Digitization SIG focuses on the sharing of information and strategies related to the many aspects of implementing digitization projects but also what can be done with these projects once they have been created. Next-generation library tools take advantage of new technologies and can enhance the use of digitized materials. Group membership includes any librarians and library workers who are interested in digitization initiatives or managers of digitized projects who want to keep up with current technological trends and how it can enhance access to their projects. All members of varying levels of technological expertise and comfort levels are welcome. For more information on the Dig Sig, go to http://libguides.metro.org/digsig

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