Information Access Seminar

Linked Data Enlightenment: Lessons Learned from LUX

Friday, March 1, 2024
3:10 pm to 5:00 pm PST

Rob Sanderson

Over the past five years, Yale University has built a highly innovative discovery platform (LUX) that uses knowledge graph technologies to aggregate, reconcile, enrich, and present all of the university’s cultural and natural history collections in a single environment. LUX advances the university’s core missions of teaching and research excellence, while still being easily accessible to the general public.

Over the course of the design and implementation, several core principles of linked open data were called into question as to whether they are useful in practice or only in theory. This discussion will introduce LUX with a live demonstration of the system, and then delve into the lessons learned around cross-collection, cross-domain, and cross-institutional linked open data including the choice for a multi-modal database, the use of URIs and their persistence, and the details of entity reconciliation and record enrichment at scale.

Rob Sanderson will be presenting remotely via Zoom. Guests are welcome to join us in person in 107 South Hall, or connect directly via Zoom.

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Rob Sanderson is senior director for digital cultural heritage at Yale University, where he works to harmonize and provide access to research quality data, in a human-oriented way. He is the technical architect and visionary for LUX, Yale’s cross-collection discovery platform built using the Linked Open Usable Data paradigm and technologies. He is chair of the Linked Art working group and long-standing editor for IIIF specifications, and has been co-chair and editor of foundational W3C specifications.

He worked previously at the J. Paul Getty Trust and at the Stanford University Libraries, where he focused on facilitating technology collaboration. In addition to holding a Ph.D. in French and history, he’s also a world-renowned information scientist with expertise in linked open data and the digitization of cultural heritage.

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February 26, 2024