Laura Campbell, CIO of the Library of Congress, spoke at the recent SemTech Conference about how the world’s largest library leverages semantic technology to help manage the vast resources of the LoC.
The Library of Congress is “more than just a library,” said Campbell, pointing out that the LoC has “the Congressional Research Service, the Copyright Office of the U.S., and the Law Library in addition to the National Collection.” With over 146 Million items in 470 languages, represented in both analog and digital content, and with newly gathered material regularly being added from around the world, there is undeniably a lot of content to manage.
In her keynote address, Ms. Campbell spoke about how the Library of Congress is leveraging linked data technologies in three key areas:
- Managing existing collections
- Maintaining the LoC’s role as a leader in the distribution of canonical information
- Fulfilling the mission to collect, preserve, and provide access to a more digital collection
The keynote in its entirety, is presented below.
To read more about one specific linked data initiative at the Library of Congress, check out this recent series about the Recollections Project.