Quite a huge topic to chew on!
I've been working in an academic Library for the past 5 years and the Semantic Web
has been something that my fellow techie librarians have been mentioning. Honestly, nothing much has panned out on that front. I count myself as a sceptic when it comes to the SW but I am open to the idea and the conversation.
is quite interesting to me. The library is full of linked data
. If you think of LCSH (library of congress subject headings), book arrangements, book co-locations and other types of "old school" tagging, it's not hard to see that some linked data
already exists. We could go much further, but at least there is some existing system in place. The main hurdle that I see with Linked Data
in education can be seen now: how do you get a new crop of students to realize that the data that the OPAC (library catalog) provides you is in its own way linked, even though there aren't always hotspots that you can always click on to get related info.
Part of it, I think, is a systems design and UI design issue (making our systems more accessible), and part of it is training students to be information hounds so that they don't just take the first result, but they are encouraged to traverse the links to find something that is more useful to them.