April 9-12, 2008
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Workshops: Description

Weaving a Web of Data : Resource-Oriented Approaches to Managing Museum Data

Eric Miller, Zepheira, USA
Brian Sletten, Zepheira, USA

The Web represents the greatest example of a successful, scalable infrastructure for information sharing and coordination. Integration and linkage occurs across national, organizational and technical boundaries and is resilient in the face of change. Beyond documents, we have started to create "Webs of data" to connect independent but related sources of information.

Web standards applied within an organization can provide the same benefits they have so far provided outside of it. Late-binding semantic references enable valuable linkage but also provide loose-coupling, migration strategies and layered architectures, eliminating the shackles of proprietary solutions.

This tutorial will demonstrate how to use persistent, resolvable names (URIs) for textual content and collection metadata in a resource-oriented environment. We will focus on the W3C Semantic Web standards and show how they can be used to unify data, documents and services. We will additionally demonstrate some new Web-based front end interfaces which hide this complexity and empower the end-user. The benefits of these combined approaches include unified information spaces, new capabilities for data connection and reuse, more effective collaboration, relationship discovery and a flexible infrastructure that will work for your organization, not against it.

Workshop: Semantic Web [Full Day]

Keywords: semantic web, REST, URI based infrastructure, late-binding references, vocabulary structure