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Using Linked Data with Semantic Ontology to Describe Scientific Imaging
Friday, April 5, 2019,1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Carla Schroer and Mark Mudge of Cultural Heritage Imaging will lead a discussion on the use of Linked Data with the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM) in their current work on a Digital LabNotebook. After a short presentation on the goals and approach of their work, an open discussion will take place.
The Digital Lab Notebook (DLN) is a software pipeline made up of open source software tools and associated good practices. The DLN provides a greatly simplified, ordinary language-based, nearly automatic method to build the digital equivalent of a scientist’s lab notebook. The goal is to radically simplify the scientific workflow used to digitally capture, build, archive, and reuse the digital representations that document humanity’s cultural heritage.
The central innovation of the DLN lies in the understanding that a digital representation’s data transparency separates “scientific reliability” from “academic or institutional authority.” This transparency permits a digital representation made by a local caretaker, who learns a scientific imaging workflow and does it properly, to stand toe-to-toe with the work from the most respected and authoritative sources. When the data is transparent, the work’s quality and reliability speaks for itself.