Exploring the Benefits for Users of Linked Open Data for Digitized Special Collections, White paper #1: Transforming special collections metadata into linked open data: mappings, entity reconciliation, workflows implemented & lessons learned

Myung-Ja Han, Alex O. Kinnaman, Timothy W Cole, Ann Foster, Caroline Szylowicz

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paper


Transforming and migrating legacy metadata for special collections to a linked data compatible ontology requires metadata remediation, enhancement, and mapping. Entity reconciliation (adding the links) is a critical component as well. The first part of this white paper summarizes the mappings and workflows developed for our three digital special collections (Motley Collection of Theatre and Costume Design, Portraits of Actors, and the Kolb-Proust Archive Research), the challenges encountered, and solutions identified for these challenges. The second part of this white paper describes entity reconciliation approaches used to discover links to more information about the entities mentioned in the metadata.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages22
StatePublished - 2018


  • linked open data
  • digitized special collections
  • Metadata mapping
  • entry reconciliation
  • metadata workflows

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