Centre launches OXLOD - Oxford Linked Open Data

Centre launches OXLOD - Oxford Linked Open Data

The Centre has launched OXLOD (Oxford Linked Open Data), a pilot project to develop an understanding of the practical implications of Linked Data for University Collections.

This one-year pilot project, which officially begins in September 2017, is supported by the University's own Capital Funds through University Collections.

Rebranded in September 2016 as GLAM (Gardens, Libraries and Museums), these collections, comprising the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Natural History Museum, Pitt Rivers Museum, Museum of the History of Science, Botanic Gardens and Arboretum, and Bate Collection of Musical instruments, offer a unique opportunity to explore the benefits of Linked Data across domains that encompass both the arts and the sciences.

At present the collections use relational databases. By freeing their data from traditional siloes OXLOD will transform 'discoverability' for research, teaching and learning. It will build a demonstrator within a year by using cross-domain sample data to link collections to each other and to academic research datasets.

The Oxford e-Research Centre, led by Senior Research Fellow Professor Donna Kurtz, Centre Director Professor Dave de Roure, and Senior Researcher Dr Kevin Page, will deliver the pilot, with GLAM supporting use case development and supplying data under the direction of Project Sponsor Dr Paul Collins, Jaleh Hearn Curator for Ancient Near East at the Ashmolean Museum.