Title

Leveraging Linked Data to Enhance Subject Access - A Case Study of the University of Colorado Boulder's World War I Collection Online

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

8-2012

Conference Name

IFLA World Library and Information Congress: 78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly

Conference City

Helsinki, Finland

Conference Dates

11-17 August 2012

Abstract

Academic users often find work with online primary sources both rewarding and challenging. Improving subject access in these sources is essential as digital collections propagate and work with primary sources becomes increasingly important in humanities curricula. A user needs assessment was conducted with humanities users at the University of Colorado Boulder to facilitate engagement with these sources. Two of the major user needs identified were improving findability and context, particularly for historical subjects. Linked Data can help meet these needs by linking related concepts in the sources using a specialized vocabulary, enriching them with outside resources, and enabling semantically rich services that empower users. This paper discusses a project the authors undertook to enhance subject access in CU’s WWI Collection Online by deep linking historical data on the civilian experience in occupied Belgium. This work is intended to lead to a richer understanding of forces shaping the WWI period.

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