Linked Data – Enabling standards and other approaches



Linked Data is a term used to describe a set of best practices for publishing, sharing, and connecting structured data on the Web. It is “about using the Web to connect related data that wasn't previously linked, or using the Web to lower the barriers to linking data currently linked using other methods.”[1] The panel will introduce and discuss standards and alternative approaches enabling, representing and disseminating data as linked data, including:

  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 (for Document Description and Processing Languages standards related to structured markup languages) [2] and ISO TC46/SC9 (Identification and Description) [3] activities updates; the second edition of Web Ontology Language (OWL2) [4] – by Sam Oh.

  • W3C's RDFa which is actively being refined [5] and has generated significant fresh usage activities – by Jon Phipps and Ed Summers.

  • NISO I2 (Institutional Identifiers) [6] – by Jody DeRidder.

  • W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group [7] progress – by Marcia Zeng, John Phipps, and Ed Summers.

The ASIST Standards Committee has been organizing standards updates sessions at each ASIST annual conference. The purpose is to promote the awareness of standards issues by major standards bodies including: ISO, NISO, and W3C. Meanwhile, the sessions usually bring in a focused panel to address an array of important issues around standards and applications in which the ASIST community would be interested. Presenters will give introduction to the standards specified at their position statements above, lead audience-participated discussions, and answer questions.