Tuesday 26th November, 2013
2:30pm to 2:55pm
A quick mathematical calculation reminds us that, given a collection of millions of items, there will always be an exponentially larger number of possible connections between those objects. Yet it is in those connections that the interesting and vital stories of our cultural heritage objects can emerge. It stands to reason, therefore, that the tools for creating connections between objects must be extremely lightweight, simple and fast. However, current linked open data tools such as RDF, while powerful, can be difficult to use and to tinker with, especially for non-technical audiences.
As a solution to these problems, this talk will propose Lodescript, an ideal lightweight scripting language and set of tools for making and expressing connections between digital objects. It’s currently a list of best practices, a handful of use cases, and a series of design-fiction Photoshop mockups, but it hopes to one day be a full-fledged software product. Whether or not there is working software, Lodescript will be a useful tool for enumerating and exploring the practical issues facing the data professional on today’s linked web.
Michael Lascarides is the Manager of the New Zealand National Library Online.
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