RDFa markup, Schema.org, and DBpedia Topics: A Closer Look at the Holy Trinity of Structured Data and their Impact on the Findability of Library Collections

Date(s) - 08/26/2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



In this session, we’ll look at how structured data practices (e.g., RDFa markup applying Schema.org vocabularies and linking to DBpedia Topics) create new understandings of digital collection content for software agents & machines. This session will build on the search engine optimization work at Montana State University (MSU) Library and consider a control digital collection that has not been optimized versus a digital collection that has been built with semantic topics & machine-actionable markup. Our community has an understanding of how to implement structured data; this session will look more closely at the question of why we should (or shouldn’t) do it. Among the specific research questions to be considered: How do these optimized collections perform in search results within Google, Bing, and Yahoo? Are there compelling reasons to follow these markup practices and topic assignments? What metrics should we be considering to determine the effectiveness of this emerging best practice?

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Instructor ~ Jason Clark
Jason Clark is Head of Digital Access and Web Services at Montana State University Libraries where he builds digital library applications and sets digital content strategies. He writes and presents on a broad range of topics including mobile design & development, web services & mashups, metadata & digitization, Javascript, interface design, and application development. Before coming to MSU in 2005, Jason became interested in the intersection between libraries and technology while working as a web developer for the Division of Information Technology at the University of Wisconsin. After two years, he moved on to the web services department at Williams College Libraries.When he doesn’t have metadata on the brain, Jason likes to hike the mountains of Montana with his wife, Jennifer, his daughter, Piper, and their dog, Oakley. You can find Jason online by following him on twitter at twitter.com/jaclark, catching up with him on Facebook at facebook.com/jasclark, or checking out his occasional thoughts and code samples on his site at www.jasonclark.info.


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