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Publishing and Using Linked Open Data

a course for the 2013 Digital Humanities Winter Institute at MITH


Main Text  

Heath, Tom, and Christian Bizer. 2011. Linked data evolving the web into a global data space. San Rafael, Calif. (1537 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 USA): Morgan & Claypool.

Available online as HTML:  http://linkeddatabook.com/


Full citations for articles referenced here can be found, along with additional reading materials, in the LOD4H Zotero Group.  Participants are invited to contribute to this growing resource. 


Additional Reading


Antoniou, G., & Antoniou, G. (2012). A Semantic Web primer. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.


Allemang, D., & Hendler, J. A. (2008). Semantic web for the working ontologist: Modeling in RDF, RDFS and OWL. Amsterdam: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers/Elsevier.



During this workshop, we'll have the opportunity to do hands-on work using the following tools:



DRAFT: Syllabus is subject to change between now and January.  

Sunday, January 6, 2013           


6:00-7:30 pm          DHWI Registration

                                Location: Marriott Lobby


Introduction to Linked Open Data

Monday, January 7, 2013


8:30-9:00 am           Registration

                                 Location: Tawes Fine Arts Building


9:00-9:30 am            Welcome

                                 Location: Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Fine Arts Building


9:30 - 10:00               Class Session:  Participant Introductions


10:00- 10:45              Class Session:  A Gentle Introduction to Linked Data
                                        Heath & Bizer Chapter 1-2

                                        Berners-Lee (2006) Linked Data - Design issues


10:45-11:00 am         Break


11:00 am- Noon         Class Session:  Exploring Linked Data Use Cases

                                       Heath & Bizer Chapter 3

                                       Linked Library Data Use Cases (http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/lld/XGR-lld-usecase-20111025/ )

Ooman, et al. (2012) Sharing Cultural Heritage Resources the Linked Data Way: Why You Should Sign Up

Simpson, et al. (2012) E/Merging Models for the Production of Online Research through Linked Data (Summary of Tools and Projects currently using RDF and LOD models)

See more Examples


Noon- 1 pm                Lunch (on your own)


1:00-2:30 pm          Class Session: A Gentle Introduction to Linked Data (con't)


2:30-2:45 pm          Break


2:45-3:45 pm          Class Session:  Participant Project Kick-off

As part of this workshop, each participant will have the opportunity to engage in exploring Linked Data related to their own disciplinary interests.  During this session you are invited to describe the research questions, potential data sets, and/or applications you hope to address using Linked Data.  


For example, see my series of blog posts leading up the LODLAM 2012 Summit. 


3:45 - 4:00           Transit between CSS & Tawes


4:00-5:00 pm          Lecture: Seb Chan

                                Location: Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Fine Arts Building


5:30 pm-7:00 pm    Graduate Student Networking Event

                                Hosted by CUNY and MITH

                                Location: MITH

                                0301 Hornbake Library (inside Non-Print Media)

                                Refreshments Provided


Tuesday, January 8, 2013           


9:00 am- 10:30 am    Class Session: Information Modeling Fundamentals

RDF Concepts and Abstract Syntax - 2. Motivations and Goals 

Farrugia, J. (2003)  Model-Theoretical Semantics for the Web

McCarty, W. (2004) Modeling: A Study in Words and Meanings 


10:30-10:45 am         break


10:45- Noon               Class Session: Linked Data Models

                                        Heath & Bizer Chapter 4


                                        RDF Vocabulary Description Language



Noon- 1:00 pm           Lunch (on your own)


1:00- 2:45 pm            Class Session:  Searching Linked Data

                                     W3C.  SPARQL Query Language for RDF


2:45- 3:00 pm            break


3:00-5:00 pm             Class Session: Identifying Linked Data for Participant Projects


5:30-7:00 pm           DHWI Public DH: API Workshop

                                 Registered Attendees Only


Wednesday, January 9, 2013           


9:00-11:00 am           Class Session: Working with RDF

                                       Heath & Bizer. Chapter 4


                                       W3C RDF Primer



11:00-11:15 am         Break


11:15-Noon                Class Session: Working with RDF (con't)


Noon- 1:00 pm           Lunch (on your own)


1:00-2:45 pm             Class Session:  Discussion - Linked Data for the Humanities


Meroño-Peñuela (2012) Linked Humanities Data: The Next Frontier? 

Elliot, et al.  (2012) Report on the Ancient Worlds Linked Data Institute

Blanke, et al. (2012) Linked Data for Humanities Research - The SPQR Experiment Limited Access Resource


2:45-3 pm                  Break


2:45-5:30                  DHWI Ignite

                                  Location: Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Fine Arts Building


5:30-8:30                  DHWI Public DH: Millions Syllabi Project Hackathon

                                  Location: MITH

                                  0301 Hornbake Library (inside Non-Print Media)

                                  Dinner Provided


Thursday, January 10, 2013           


9-10:30 am                 Class Session:  Publishing Linked Data & LOD Applications

                                        Heath & Bizer. Chapter 5 & 6

Sauermann & Cyganiak (2008) Cool URIs for the Semantic Web

Cool Stuff Made with Cultural Heritage APIs


More resources on diigo.


10:30-10:45 am          break


10:45-Noon                 Class Session: Linked Open Data

Open Data Commons 

Open Data Institute


Noon- 1:00 pm            Lunch


1:00-3:00 pm              Class Session: Open Project Studio


3:00-3:15 pm              Break


3:15-5:00 pm              Class Session: Open Project Studio


5:30-7:30 pm             DHWI Banquet

                                  Humanities Plain and Simple

                                  Location: Colony Ballroom 2203, Stamp Student Union



Friday, January 11, 2013           


9:00-10:45 am           Class Session Beyond Linked Data:  Reasoning and the Semantic Web

                                    W3C OWL  Web Ontology Language - Reference



                                     Noy & McGuiness. Ontology Development 101:  Developing Your First Ontology



10:45 am- 11:00        break


11:00-Noon                Class Session:  Open Project Studio


Noon- 1:00 pm           Lunch (on your own)


1:00-2:30 pm             Class Wrap-Up:  Linked Open Data for the Humanities: Next Steps?


2:30-2:45 pm             Break


2:45-3:45 pm             Show and Tell


3:45-4:00 pm             Closing Ceremony and Announcements

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