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.