Research Libraries UK (RLUK) represents 34 of the leading and most significant research libraries in the UK and Ireland. Working with The European Library, RLUK will soon be releasing over 17 million bibliographic records as Linked Open Data. We want to invite developers from the library, academic and general coding community to realise the full impact of this very large open dataset. We want to encourage people to engage with the data, reuse it and make it usable for others in the pursuit of research and learning that will benefit all.
As such following on from the launch of the dataset, RLUK is running an initial Hack Day at Senate House Library, London. A one-day event, the day is aimed at encouraging direct development of the dataset, and will be a hands-on bring your own device set of sessions for those with a practical interest in or experience of developing services and prototypes using Linked Open Data.
There will be several themes (and associated prize categories, to be announced) for the day:
- Linking Up datasets – a prize for work that combines data from multiple data sets
- Eastern Europe
- Delivering a valuable hack for RLUK members
Further details, as well as the option to register for this event, are available through this Eventbrite page.
Promoting Linked Open Data innovation in libraries
In addition, as part of this cooperation between The European Library and RLUK, The European Library is running an awareness campaign to promote Linked Open Data (LOD) innovations in libraries across Europe. The European Library has designed a set editorials that will highlight 6 LOD use cases across Europe:
- The British Library
- Cambridge University Library
- The French National Library
- The Spanish National Library
- The National Library of The Netherlands (KB)
- The German National Library
The first use case features the British Library; the editorial is now available here: http://www.theeuropeanlibrary.