Thursday of two weeks ago I attended the SLA GA’s education and networking luncheon, with a talk entitled: Introduction to Linked Data for Librarians presented by Cliff Landis, Digital Initiatives Librarian at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library.

We were teased with the blurb:

“Linked data is fundamentally changing how people will access information in the future, and you’re already using it! In this session, you’ll see how Google, Wikipedia, and the Library of Congress are using linked data to connect metadata worldwide.”

The premise?

Computers are not smart. They can not create the appropriate links on their own.

Luckily for my language-loving brain, Landis explained metadata as a standard grammatical structure of subject – predicate – object. It is not just about connecting data, but doing so with an explanatory structure.

You can learn more about Cliff Landis and his Linked Data series on his website. And thank you SLA for another great event.