As governments open their data to increase citizens’ awareness, libraries and museums are following this flow to open to the world all their knowledge and to establish links with other existing knowledge. This is a crucial factor to facilitate the discovering, sharing and re-use in the scientific research, libraries, museums, general public, developers(new apps can be developed) and other business domains, that can make profit of the librarian and museum open data.
It is worth mentioning some of the sectors that can make profit of this data: tourism (e.g. for guided tours that can make profit of the published open linked data obtaining online information related to an art work being watched by a tourist), broadcasting (e.g. the library and museum open data are an excellent data source of documentation materials for a journalist while making a documentary, writing an article about an author, a painting style or a literary genre for instance) and scientific research (e.g. researches can make use of the open linked data to obtain facts and related information that can guide the research: to find different translations of the same work, original version of a work, works translated by a specific translator, other expressions of the same work, works about a specific subject in any language, Information about a specific author during a particular production period, etc.).
On the other hand, the Library and Collection Management Software is focused on facilitating the catalogue data entering/consulting but, although following worldwide accepted norms and vocabularies, the databases are proprietary and lock free access. These proprietary solutions hamper the interoperability between different vendors of Library or Collection Management Software.
To overcome the limitations of current Library or Collection Management Software when sharing contents from libraries, archives and museums, ALIADA (Automatic publication under LInked dAta paradigm of library and museum DAta) project has accomplished a tool implementing a novel approach to automatically publish, under the Linked Open Data paradigm, the contents they host. Thus, achieving contents interoperability and therefore adding value to the collections and stored funds, favoring the reuse of public data, opening it to the world in a format that can be processed by machines and linked to other existing datasets.
Linking Open Data cloud diagram, by Richard Cyganiak and Anja Jentzsch. http://lod-cloud.net/