Dear colleagues,

In the context of the project "Building a workforce of information 
professionals for 21st century global information access", the College of 
Computing and Informatics of Drexel University offers with the help of funding 
of the Institute of Museum and Library Services a "Linked Data for Librarians" 
course with two learning units. The content of both units, created by Ruben 
Verborgh ( and myself can be reproduced, published, 
or otherwise used freely. The content of this course focuses specifically on 
library metadata but the learning outcomes are transposable to an audience of 
museum professionals interested in the possibilities and limits of Linked Data 

Part 1: Introduction to Semantic Web and Linked Data provides a global 
introduction to the topic. With the help of an overview of different data 
models, the possibilities and limits of RDF are explained. Toward the end, a 
specific focus on data quality helps to underline some of the fundamental 
challenges to implementing Linked Data in libraries.

Part 2: Advanced course on applications, projects, and skills related to Linked 
Data explores more advanced aspects of Linked Data. Through a mix of theory and 
practice, you’ll learn all about metadata cleaning, reconciliation and 
enriching. The final modules focus on more conceptual aspects surrounding data 
architecture with REST and why decentralisation and federation are important 
for the future.

Both modules are accessible as HTML slides on All of the content will be made available 
through Github, so feel free to contact me if you want to re-use or download 
the content. 

Kind regards,

Seth van Hooland
Université libre de Bruxelles

ps: Navigation guide: the learning materials are embedded in HTML in order to 
bring you an intuitive approach across browsers and devices. When clicking on 
the link to Part 1 or Part 2, you’ll be directed to the first module. In the 
right hand side, you’ll see a navigation bar allowing you to jump from one 
module to another. By clicking on an individual slide, you enter the slide 
mode. By using the left and right arrows or your trackpad, you can navigate 
then from one slide to the other. Each slide offers the opportunity to send 
feedback to the trainers and the community of users by sending a tweet 
containing a link to the specific slide. By pressing Esc you can go back to the 
overview mode. You can cite this course as follows: van Hooland, S. and 
Verborgh, R. (2017) “Linked Data for Librarians.” Available at
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