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Free your metadata!

Facet Publishing, have announced the release of Linked Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums: How to clean, link and publish your metadata (http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=9641).

Libraries, archives and museums are facing up to the challenge of providing access to fast growing collections while managing cuts to budgets. Key to this is the creation, linking and publishing of good quality metadata as linked data that will allow their collections to be discovered, accessed and disseminated in a sustainable manner. This highly practical handbook teaches you how to unlock the value of your existing metadata through cleaning, reconciliation, enrichment and linking and how to streamline the process of new metadata creation.

Metadata experts Seth van Hooland and Ruben Verborgh introduce the key concepts of linked data and how they can be practically applied to existing metadata, giving readers the tools and understanding to achieve maximum results with limited resources. Readers will learn how to critically assess and use (semi-)automated methods of managing metadata through hands-on exercises within the book and on the accompanying website. Each chapter is built around a case study from institutions around the world, demonstrating how freely available tools are being successfully used in different metadata contexts.

This handbook delivers the necessary conceptual and practical understanding to empower practitioners to make the right decisions when making their organizations’ resources accessible on the web. Key topic areas covered are modelling, cleaning, reconciling, enriching and publishing metadata as linked data.

This will be an invaluable guide for metadata practitioners and researchers within all cultural heritage contexts, from library cataloguers and archivists to museum curatorial staff. It will also be of interest to students and academics within information science and digital humanities fields. IT managers with responsibility for information systems, as well as strategy heads and budget holders, at cultural heritage organizations, will find this a valuable decision-making aid.

A video trailer for the book can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnM3tHWAsSA.

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Linked Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums: How to clean, link and publish your metadata; June 2014; paperback; 224pp; 978-1-85604-964-1; £49.95; is published by Facet Publishing and is available from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: [email protected] | Web: www.facetpublishing.co.uk. | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD The books are available in North America through ALA Editions.

Press contact:
James Williams, Marketing Manager, Facet Publishing
Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0597
Email: [email protected]

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