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Introducing LODLAM Patterns

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Linked Data provides us with an incredible opportunity to re-think how we approach sharing information about LAM collections.  However, these opportunities are also fraught with danger and important challenges that we must face.  Translating existing standards into compliant Linked Data will take more than just cross-walking terms with similar meanings, it also means mapping between conceptual models and ontologies.   Linked Data also provides us new opportunities to mix models and vocabularies in ways that we haven’t been able to do before.  How can we take better advantage of these opportunities?

Ultimately, creating Linked Data standards and practices is a set of design problems that we are all engaged in.   Elizabeth Churchill has called for “Data Aware Design” and the need to bring human-computer interaction methods to bear on these problems.  At the Summit I will be presenting a Dork Short about a new site that I’m launching to do just this.   LODLAM Patterns will identify Linked Data design patterns (which I’m calling representation patterns) for cultural heritage resources.   The idea is to identify common problems that we are trying to solve and link them to the solutions that are available across the many, many standards for describing LAM resources.  My goal is to create a resource that will spur discussions focused on problems/solutions,  provide newcomers a way to navigate the LOD standards universe, and a pedagogical tool to teach “design-thinking” for Linked Data.

Participate by signing up at http://lodlampatterns.org or follow along @lodlamp or #lodlamp.


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    Vladimir Alexiev

    June 18, 2013

    Having done data modeling for 15 years and ontologies for 3 years, and having looked at ontology design patterns (ODP), I’m quite interested in what we can come up with.
    – You quote CRM at http://lodlampatterns.org/modeling-patterns/, and I proposed a CRM session a few minutes ago.
    – As for http://lodlampatterns.org/data-management-patterns/, it’s not only important how you delineate a Record in the graph, but also how you convert non-RDF data to it, how you display it, and how to enable editing. I’ve been considering for 1.5 years now that all these should be handled together, and RDFa is a good candidate for that.
    – As for “The universe of available metadata standards for cultural heritage resources continues to grow at a rapid pace” at http://lodlampatterns.org/representation-patterns/ : Have you looked at the Vocabulary Mapping Framework?

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    Richard Urban

    June 18, 2013

    Thanks Vladimir,

    I’ve seen the VMF before, but thanks for the reminder to take another look.

    There are many functions that records currently serve and I’m looking forward to hearing how some of these problems are handled in the course of working projects. My sense is that these things often get conflated and I hope that by connecting solutions with problems it will be possible to tease out the differences.

    Look forward to hearing about the work at the British Museum!

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