Facilitating Access to the Web of Data: A Guide for Librarians

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The web is changing from a web of documents to a web of data; from a web that can be read by humans, to one that can be read by machines. These fascinating advances are changing both the nature of the web and the way we access information. They also provide a host of opportunities for librarians to those wanting to shape the information landscape of the future.
This comprehensive introduction to the Web of data and the semantic Web highlights ways information professionals are using these new technologies to disseminate information. Key content areas include:

• Open data
• The semantic web and embedded semantics
• Data silos
• Libraries and the Web of data
• The future of the librarian and the semantic Web

Facilitating Access to the Web of Data is an indispensable guide for anyone helping to facilitate access to the Web.

  1. Open data

  • Introduction
  • Open science 
  • Commercial sector
  • Government data
  • Library data
  • Conclusion  

2. A semantic web: one that's meaningful to computers 

  • Introduction
  • Web 1.0
  • Web 2.0 
  • Web 3.0 – a semantic web 
  • Conclusion  

3. Data silos 

  • Introduction
  • What is a data silo? 
  • Data documents 
  • Application programming interfaces (APIs)
  • Programming librarians? 
  • The advantages and disadvantages of data silos 
  • Conclusion  

4. The semantic web: the RDF vision 

  • Introduction
  • Linked RDF
  • Linked Data: old wine in new bottles? 
  • The semantic web stack
  • Making use of Linked Data 
  • Conclusion  

5. Embedded semantics 

  • Introduction
  • Why embed semantic data?
  • Microformats
  • COinS 
  • Embedding RDF in attributes
  • Microdata 
  • Selecting the right format
  • Interacting with embedded semantics
  • Conclusion

6. The library and the web of data 

  • Introduction
  • Books are for use
  • Every reader their book
  • Every book its reader 
  • Save the time of the reader 
  • The library is a growing organism 
  • Conclusion  

7. The future of the librarian and the web of data 

  • Introduction
  • Embracing the web of data 
  • Ignoring the web of data
  • Lessons from the newspaper industry 
  • Becoming a data librarian 
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography

David Stuart

David Stuart is an independent information professional, Bibliometrics Officer at the University of St. Andrews and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton. He has published widely in peer-reviewed academic journals and professional journals on information science, metrics, and semantic web technologies and is author of a number of books, including Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals (2016), Facilitating Access to the Web of Data (2011) and Practical Data Science for Information Professionals (2020).

"All in all, Stuart has produced a must-read for any library or information professional (or anyone working in the delivery, structuring and organization of information via the web, which includes a whole host of other folks). Without getting mired in technical details, but yet providing enough for the uninitiated to get a "flavour" for what's involved, there is enough here to sink one's teeth into and links to other resources for further reading to expand on the concepts introduced in this work. I highly recommend it!"
— Chris Mavergames