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Wednesday, July 15 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Federal University Libraries readiness to adopt Linked Data Initiative in Nigeria • Public universities and the state of linked data in Uganda • Linked data at the National Library of Mexico

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Session recording of talks by Ngozi Eunice Osadebe and Winny Nekesa Akullo
Pre-recorded talk by Eder Ávila Barrientos

The two live talks were followed by a pre-recorded presentation by Eder Ávila Barrientos and Filiberto Felipe Martinez Arellano, with continuing discussion on Slack for Q & A***

Federal University Libraries readiness to adopt Linked Data Initiative in Nigeria, Ngozi Eunice Osadebe (University of Nigeria)
Authors such as Hannemann and Kett (Linked Data for Libraries. A paper presented at the 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2010) and Maria, Sergio, Alejandro and Trujillo (Current State of Linked Data in Digital Libraries, 2015) have discoursed extensively on the advantages of engaging in Linked Data initiatives for Libraries. However, it has been observed that interest in the use of Linked data initiative is more among libraries (Maria, Sergio, Alejandro and Trujillo, 2015) and Organisations (Miller and Westfall, Linked Data and Libraries. The Serial Librarian. 60:17-22, 2011) in developed nations. There is not much literature on the interest of libraries in developing countries, especially Nigeria. It is based on this lack of information that this study set out to explore Federal University Libraries' readiness to engage in Linked Data Initiatives in Nigeria. Federal University Libraries were chosen for this study because they are the most funded university libraries in Nigeria. As such, they are most likely to have the capacity in terms of skilled personnel, infrastructure, and partnership necessary to engage in Linked Data Initiatives. 54 digital librarians in Nigerian Federal University Libraries served as the respondents.

Public Universities and the State of Linked Data in Uganda: Prospects and Challenges, Winny Nekesa Akullo (Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority, Uganda)
Linked data can be broadly described as the use of networked tools and the internet to create connections between different data sets and sources. A lot of data is generated at academic institutions; for academic, research and administrative purposes. However, the exploitation of this data by the stakeholders is sometimes limited due to low discoverability and accessibility. The government of Uganda provides a budget through which research activities at public universities are funded. This research output is expected to contribute to the national development agenda. Sharing of data hinders replication of efforts and resources and, thus, should be strongly encouraged. The aim of the study described in this presentation is to establish whether, and to what extent, data at the different public universities in Uganda is linked and shared. The study found out that two universities (Kyambogo and Makerere Universities) have embarked on linked data initiatives. Makerere University through the Online National Biodiversity Data Bank links data using the URI on the Makerere University Institutional Repository provides conservationists the need to have readily available data and information regarding the countries. Kyambogo University on the other hand, has created open data awareness events on access of geospatial data using their research in areas of land surveying and economics. However, other public universities haven’t yet developed any data initiatives hence no data is linked, they use institutional repositories where research publications are uploaded this isn’t accompanied without any data set of the corresponding research. The study identified some challenges; lack of awareness within these universities about linked data technologies, inadequate funding, lack of data management policies. With government interest in research at the public universities, the proposed strategies include; creating awareness and importance of linked data in research data management, these institutions need to develop partnership and collaboration with other institutions that are implementing the linked data and develop data management policy that push the research data management agenda.

Linked Data Proposal in the Nautilo Catalog of the National Library of Mexico, Eder Ávila Barrientos and Filiberto Felipe Martinez Arellano (National Library of Mexico)
This session is pre-recorded: YouTube link
The National Library of Mexico (BNM) safeguards, organizes, preserves and provides access to Mexican bibliographic and documentary heritage. Nautilo is the BNM online catalog, which contains more than one million bibliographic records generated using the Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard, which is based on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) conceptual model, which emphasizes establishment of relationships between bibliographic data. The Nautilus catalog contains a wealth of data, represented in its records. By integrating the principles of Linked Data and FRBR, it is intended to propose a model for establishing bibliographic relationships between data available in this catalog, by means of establishment of internal and external links. On the other hand, in the last decade, worldwide national libraries have shown a wide interest Linked Data application in their search and retrieval information tools. Following this trend, it is proposed to develop a project for implementation of linked data in Nautilo for allowing, on one hand, to link their data to discover the works, manifestations and expressions that are related among them in it, and on the other one, to connect those data with other ones available in national library catalogs. The objective of this presentation is to give an overview of this project, as well as its impact on organizational changes, training of librarians, and the infrastructure necessary for its development. This will be a joint project between the BNM and the Institute of Research on Library Science and Information (IIBI) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, however, the proposed model of linked data may be extend for it application in other Latin American national libraries. This session is pre-recorded. You may view it at any time and add questions and comments on the dedicated Slack channel. Please direct your questions to Eder Ávila Barrientos (Eavila86), who will respond with answers at a later time.

Session Facilitators
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Hilary Thorsen

Resource Sharing Librarian, Stanford Libraries
Former metadata librarian and Wikimedian in Residence. Happy to talk about Wikidata and the LD4 Wikidata Affinity Group!

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Ngozi Eunice Osadebe

Deputy University Librarian, University of Nigeria
I am interested in libraries publishing their data as Linked data.
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Winny Nekesa Akullo

Head Library and Documentation Centre, Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority
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Filiberto Felipe Martinez

Researcher, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Ph. D. in Higher Education, State University of New York at Buffalo. Masterin Library Science and Information Studies, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Full Researcher at the Institute of Research on Library Science and Information(IIBI). His research areas are information... Read More →
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Eder Ávila Barrientos

Researcher, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
PhD. in Librarianship Information Studies from UNAM.Full-time Associate Researcher at the Institute of Library and Information Research of UNAM.Professor at the Graduate Library and Information Studies Program at UNAM.During 2010, he worked in the Library of the Senate of the Republic... Read More →

Wednesday July 15, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am PDT