I’m writing this up as an example of one way — a relatively easy way — to publish Linked Data off the back of some existing API. I hope that some other libraries, archives, and museums with their own API will adopt this approach and start publishing their data in a standard Linked Data style, so it can be linked up with the wider web of data.
At the start of last month I attended the LODLAM (Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museums) Summit in Sydney, in the lovely Mitchell Library of the State Library of New South Wales.
The Summit is organised as an “un-conference”. There is no pre-defined agenda; it’s organised by the participants themselves at the start of the day. It makes it a very participatory event; your brain is in top gear the whole time and everything is so interesting you end up feeling a bit stunned at the end of the day.
One of the features of the Summit was a series of very brief talks (“speedos”) on a variety of topics. At the last minute I decided I’d contribute a quick rant on a particular hobby-horse of mine: the value of using proxies to build web applications, Linked Open Data, and so on. Continue reading Proxying: a trick to easily add features to existing websites and applications
Last weekend I finally released my latest work of art; a software application called XProc-Z. It’s a fairly small thing, but it’s the result of a lot of thought, and I’m very pleased with it. I hope to make a lot of use of it myself, and I hope I can interest other people in using it too.