Steps forward for Linked Open Data

Forward motion - photo by Alpima

The recently formed IGeLU Linked Open Data SIWG recently published its ‘Manifesto for Linked Open Data in Ex Libris Products’ in which it describes its objectives and strategy. However one of the key goals – “establish working relationships with Ex Libris strategic and product management” – has already been achieved. Ex Libris has now appointed three official contacts: Oren Beit-Arie (Chief Strategy Officer), Shlomo Sanders (Chief Technology Officer), and Axel Kaschte (Strategy Director Europe), which hopefully reflects how seriously Ex Libris take this area. Talks between Ex Libris and the SIWG will start soon.

Over the coming months the group will gather use cases, ideas, and prototypes of successful or envisaged Linked Data implementations from IGeLU members and beyond. The outcome of these surveys will be presented at the Zurich conference, where the Group would be pleased to get feedback, input, and suggestions.

Lukas Koster and Markus Knitel, LOD SIWG