Saturday, 15 May 2010

Hungarian National Library OPAC and Digital Library Published as Linked Data

Courtesy of our colleagues in the SKOS community, we learned in April that the National Széchényi Library (NSZL) in Budapest has published its entire OPAC and Digital Library as Linked Data. The vocabularies employed are:
  • RDFDC for bibliographic data
  • FOAF for name authority entries
  • SKOS for subject terms and geographical names
Adam Horvath, Director of Informatics at NSZL says:
Our RDFDC, FOAF and SKOS statements are linked together. Our name authority is matched with the DBPedia name files and URI aliases are handled as owl:sameAs statements.
This represents a significant achievement, and the Library is to be congratulated. Regrettably, the news came too late for this exemplar to be included in the forthcoming ISKO UK one-day conference on Linked Data on September 14th. Announcements will be made on the latter in the near future.

Friday, 14 May 2010

CFP: 9th European NKOS Workshop

Call for Presentations and posters
9th European NKOS Workshop
at ECDL 2010

Glasgow, 9th-10th September 2010

Proposals are invited for presentations and posters on work related to the themes of the workshop (see below).

Submission deadline: 14th June 2010
Notification of acceptance: 12th July 2010

Please email proposals (maximum 1000 words for presentations and 500 words for posters, including aims, methods, main findings, relevance to themes of workshop) by June 14th to Douglas Tudhope ( Proposals will be peer-reviewed by the program committee and notification of acceptance will be given by July 12th.

Full details at the workshop's website.

Key themes for the 9th NKOS workshop will be
    1. Mapping relationships and their impact on retrieval performance
    2. KOS registries and metadata
    We also welcome proposals relevant to the NKOS community, including but not limited to
    3. Linked Data - its connection with different types of KOS applications and implementations
    4. SKOS implementations and SKOSifying vocabularies and SKOS-based services
    5. Social tagging and informal knowledge structures augmenting established KOS
    6. User-centred issues relating to the above
Other NKOS topics can also be proposed.

For inspiration, please visit the NKOS network website.

Main contact
Douglas Tudhope,
Faculty of Advanced Technology,
University of Glamorgan,
Pontypridd, Wales CF37 1DL,
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1443 483609

Other organisers
Traugott Koch, Max Planck Digital Library, Berlin, Germany

Marianne Lykke Nielsen, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark,

Saturday, 1 May 2010

ISKO UK Event "Seeing is believing: new technologies for cultural heritage"

You are cordially invited ot the next ISKO UK event "Seeing is believing: new technologies for cultural heritage"

DATE: 9th June 2010, 13:30-19:00
VENUE: University College London
FEE: £20 (ISKO members & students free)

The organization of, and access to, cultural and humanistic resources presents particular problems because of the diversity of material and the uniqueness of many individual items. Issues of natural language and the semantic complexity of resources add to the mix and provide many challenges for those working in this field.

This ISKO UK seminar will provide an opportunity to learn about current work with texts, archives, objects and museum collections, from both a theoretical and an implementation standpoint, and to look at a variety of approaches to the material. We will also hear about user contribution through Web 2.0 solutions.

To learn more about the event and to book your place go to the event's website.