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The problem we are addressing and why

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Bricolage, or to give it its full name, the ‘University of Bristol Collections as Linked Open Data’ project, has recently been funded by JISC as part of the 16/11 grant funding: JISC Digital infrastructure programme.

The project will start 1st Feb 2012 and run through to 31st August 2012.

This project will publish catalogue metadata as Linked Open Data for two of its most significant collections: the Penguin Archive, a comprehensive collection of the publisher’s papers and books; and the Geology Museum, a 100,000 specimen collection housing many unique and irreplaceable resources.

The metadata will be licensed for ease of reuse according to JISC guidelines.

The project will re-apply the best practice processes and tools produced by relevant preceding projects to create persistent identifiers, identify and create links to authoritative datasets and vocabularies, and work with the two collections’ infrastructure platforms: CALM and Drupal. The Linked Data production workflows will be embedded in the collections’ teams to ensure future sustainability.

The project will also produce two simple demonstrators to illustrate the potential of data linking and reuse, and will encode resource microdata into the Geology Museum’s forthcoming online catalogue with the aim of improving collection visibility via the major search engines.