Linked Open Data

Linked data is built on standard web technologies such as HTTP and URIs. The linked data infrastructure lends itself to the development of numerous types of user services. In their research, patrons access a wide variety of data sources; through linked data, patrons are presented with enriched data in the appropriate context regardless of the interface in which they are conducting their search. In addition, linked data can be exploited to enrich the library catalog, which other applications can use to enrich their own data.
Linked Data Benefits for Library Catalogers, Patrons, and the Library Collection
Linked data provides clear advantages for library catalogers, other library staff members, and library patrons.
For catalogers:
  • Authority control via linked data will be online and will use a variety of international sources.
  • Catalogers will be able to add metadata during cataloging when they encounter additional enriched data that might complement the cataloging process.
  • Data supplied by catalogers and additional services related to suppliers and publishers will become an integral part of library workflows.
For patrons:
  • Users’ searches can be automatically enhanced through linked data, displaying results that users were not aware of previously.
  • Related information that is stored externally can be made available to users.

For the library:

The library’s collection gains exposure by allowing applications that consume linked data to use and create valuable links to library information.

Want to learn more? Download the White Paper.

Collaboration in Linked Data

In 2016 Ex Libris started the Linked Data Collaboration Program, held in conjunction with the Linked Open Data Special Interest Working Group (LOD SIWG)
The goal of the Linked Data Collaboration Program is to facilitate interaction between Ex Libris and Alma and Primo customers who are interested in adding linked data features to those products. The program has 41 institutions at varying levels of participation: 24 in North America, 12 in Europe, and 5 in Asia Pacific.
Our strategy has evolved over the last year, with the understanding that we need to bring linked data to the vast majority of libraries who may have heard the Linked Data buzz but do not have the resources needed to take the deep dive.

Want to get involved? Join the LOD Special Interest Working Group.

Linked Open Data at Ex Libris

The Ex Libris commitment to linked data includes current features as well as planned functionality for both Alma and Primo.

Linked Data White Paper

See what's on the Ex Libris roadmap for LOD.

Download the White Paper.

Linked Data White Paper

Linked Data Collaboration Group

Interested in collaboration on linked data?

Join the Linked Open Data Special Interest Working Group!