Radically Open Cultural Heritage Data on the Web
What happens when hundreds of thousands of archival photos are shared with open licenses, then mashed up with geolocation data and current photos? Or when app developers can freely utilize information and images from millions of books? From augmented reality and crowdsourcing at Historypin to Linked Open Data, we'll look at how developers are leveraging institutional metadata and contributing to a growing ecosystem of open historical data. We'll explore the fundamental elements of Linked Open Data and demonstrate how rapidly growing access to metadata within the world's libraries, archives and museums is opening exciting new possibilities for understanding our past, and may help in predicting our future. We'll look into the technological underpinnings of Linked Open Data, demonstrate use cases and applications, and consider the possibilities of such data for scholarly research, preservation, commercial interests, and the future of cultural heritage data.