Category Archives: library

LOD-LAM meeting at Melbourne Museum 17 April 2012

Yesterday I spent a really interesting morning at Museum Victoria attending and presenting at a workshop on Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Musuems (LOD-LAM) organised by Culture Victoria. As usual with these things, there were varying levels of technical and background knowledge on the topic. However, I think the level of the presentations was spot on and judging by the number of questions and discussions happening there was a lot of interest in this topic.

Mia Ridge (@mia_out) gave an excellent introduction to Linked Data and how it is used in libraries, galleries and museums. She’s put together a wiki with links to all sorts of useful stuff.

Below are the slides from my talk on activities at the Victorian Parliamentary Library (astute viewer will notice they are mostly lifted straight out of my VALA talk).

Harvesting and semantically tagging media releases from political websites using web services

Here’s the slides from another talk from VALA2012 where I talked about how we’ve been using OpenCalais at the Victorian Parliamentary Library to add tags and semantic data to one of our databases. You can also see the talk here or download a longer paper that goes with the talk.

VALA 2012 Reference Desk Software

I was lucky enough to attend VALA2012 and also present a couple of papers. The first was about some Open Source software that we created at the Victorian Parliamentary Library in order to track reference requests. Its not quite finished, but as soon as its wrangled into a coherent jumble of code, I’ll be putting it up on

I’m quite happy with the system and it got some good comments from people at VALA. Here are the slides I presented that show a bit of the user interface. Programmed using the Play! Framwork.