2011 eScience Librarianship Speaker Series: Dr. John S. Erickson of RPI

Dr. John S. Erickson, Director of Web Science Operations for the Tetherless World Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will give a talk entitled “It’s your government, is it your data? New approaches to building interlinked catalogs of government-produced data” on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at noon in the Hillyer Room, on the 6th floor of Bird Library. Dr. Erickson will discuss technical methods being developed to manage the delivery of large-scale open government data projects based on Semantic Web and Linked Data best practices.

Governments around the world have been a driving force fueling the explosion of open data on the Web, by making large data sets about their people and operations available as well as by funding science and medical research. As with scholarly publications, taxpayers and others have advocated making these valuable resources available through some form of “open access.” Because this data is produced at a massive scale, and from locations throughout the globe, making these data objects available is not just a social or legal problem, it is also a technical problem.

Dr. Erickson, holder of numerous patents and a member of various Web standards working groups over the last two decades, will base his talk on his team’s award-winning paper presented at the last I-SEMANTICS conference, “The TWC International Open Government Dataset Catalog.” This paper describes TWC’s efforts to aggregate descriptions of a diverse selection of more than 116 government dataset catalogs from around the world. The growing catalog is based on a practical dataset metadata model, now moving towards becoming a standard, for integrating such diverse datasets.

Erickson’s talk is sponsored by SU Library & the SU iSchool’s eScience Librarianship Program.

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