YDC2 Hosts Successful Cultural Heritage Research and Linked Open Data Forum

November 27, 2013

On Wednesday, November 20th, 2013, the Yale Digital Collections Center (YDC2) hosted a forum on Cultural Heritage Research and Linked Open Data. Two guest speakers addressed the evolution of practice around linked open data in the cultural heritage research community. Dr. Kenneth Hamma discussed the limitations of traditional online research environments, offering several examples of the opportunities linked open data offers in cultural heritage research and discovery. Dr. Robert Sanderson discussed the development of technical standards that support practical tools for digital scholarship and the importance of building communities around those standards. Both presentations emphasized the potential of Linked Open Data to harmonize data across diverse sources, thereby opening access to collections worldwide, while maintaining localized cataloguing and assertions. In doing so, Linked Open Data provides a rich, nuanced, global and networked cultural heritage environment capable of utilizing computer systems to assist in developing greater insights.

Dr. Kenneth Hamma is currently working independently with the Yale Center for British Art, the Yale Digital Collections Center, and the Museums and Art Conservation Program at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He continues to work with two Mellon funded development projects: ResearchSpace at the British Museum and ConservationSpace at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Previously, he was Executive Director, Digital Policy & Initiatives, J. Paul Getty Trust. Dr. Kenneth Hamma’s presentation can be found here. The notes from his presentation can be found here.

Dr. Robert Sanderson is an information scientist in the Research Library at Los Alamos National Laboratory and was previously a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Liverpool. His research focuses on the areas of scholarly communication, especially with regards to digital humanities and large scale data mining. He is an editor of several international specifications including, most recently, the W3C Open Annotation Community Draft, and has close ties with the very large scale digital library community, including working with the San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Europeana and DPLA. Dr. Robert Sanderson’s presentation can be found here.