Rebooting ZLOD Project


September 11th, 2022 | Topic: Librarianship, Metadata, Uncategorized, Zen | Author: | no responses |


The ZLOD (Zen Lineage/Linked Open Data) project is something I first began as a final project in a linked data course I took during grad school. It is something I wanted to finish, and keep revisiting, but find that it might make more sense to do a full reboot.

My desire initially was to solely run SPARQL queries against Wikidata. There is a lot of great information there, but cleaning the data for my needs is not working out as I had hoped. What I am going to do now is restart from scratch, and hand build a test lineage chart in JSON-LD. This will help me determine what the application profile needs (i.e., will schema.org be enough or will I need more). It will also give me an opportunity to experiment visualizing solid data in the form that I will need.

I will try to keep posting updates here as I make progress with the project. Sketched out, it so far looks like Schema.org can handle all of my needs:

…and where it makes sense to, I can then link to Wikidata URIs from objects in the triples, such as Person (subject) -> affiliation (predicate) -> soto zen (object) then soto zen (subject) -> URL (predicate) -> Wikidata URI (object)