Linked and Open Data in Higher Education: a driver for change
- Speaker: Dr Su White (University of Southampton)
- Host: Stephen Pettifer
- 15th February 2012 at 14:15 in Lecture Theatre 1.4, Kilburn Building
There have been rumblings about the future benefits of linked data for higher education in the UK since the JISC commissioned a report into the potential of Semantic Web Technologies back in 2005. As the collective understanding of what is meant by the term linked data has increased, so has the number of proof of concept implementations, and further formal investigations by funding bodies. The evidence of the potential gains of exposing data have been supported in the popular understanding by everyday applications of mash-ups on web sites and in mobile apps and interesting and useful implementations by early adopters. High profile campaigns (and behind the scenes lobbying) are succeeding in persuading organisations to place raw data in the public domain. For computer scientists, linked and open data is proving an attractive research area for some colleagues whose careers began in Artificial Intelligence. For administrators, it can offer savings of time and cost. Research groups are finding ways of building alliances with colleagues which alongside contributions to education or management agendas are also providing data for papers and further investigations. The presentation will consider ways in which the emergence of new practices using linked and open data is being harnessed to transform education, interconnecting administrative data, enriching and embellishing teaching resources while providing tools and resources for learners and researchers.