Exploring linked data benefits for digital library users

Katrina Fenlon, Jacob Jett, Ryan Dubnicek, Timothy W. Cole, Deren Kudeki

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Linked open data technologies seem likely to offer significant benefits for digital library users. So far, however, these benefits remain largely speculative despite growing momentum toward the application of linked data in libraries. This paper reports on an exploratory user study to evaluate the use of linked data with digital library special collections. This pilot study assessed features designed to contextualize search results and representations of primary sources, and features that leverage linked data to offer analytic insights. Digital library users were most excited by applications of linked data that provide new, analytic information, and which simultaneously serve to open up new avenues for research within and beyond individual collections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)799-800
Number of pages2
JournalProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2018


  • Linked open data
  • digital libraries
  • users

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Library and Information Sciences


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