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)

Mission MLIS Complete


August 28th, 2022 | Topic: Uncategorized | Author: | no responses |


Graduation Photo - Kent State University, August 20, 2022
Graduation Photo – Kent State University, August 20, 2022

It was an intense couple of years, but I made it. Before applying for my MLIS, I spent time investigating impressions about similar programs from various colleagues, acquaintances, blogs… even Reddit on occasion. My determination was that I should jump in and do this now, rather than regret it later in life. I look back, and can say without a doubt that it was the right decision.

Library and Information Science, I would quickly learn, encompasses so much more than I ever dreamed. It is a massive discipline, moving from its common association with Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LAMs) to more uncommon fields such as corporate information management, government archives, hospitals, instruction, and zoos. The expansiveness of the information landscape means there is a large mass of broad reaching theory to pour over. It was a lot to take in, but it was an important foundation and definitely changed my way of thinking.

As I progressed through the core course of the MLIS program at Kent State University, I had to make some decisions about what direction I was going to take my studies. I happened across a course, which I briefly blogged about, that piqued my interest in information organization, metadata, and linked data. I was unsure that it could be a professional direction for me, but I find I deeply enjoy the field.

I decided that even if it wasn’t something I would do professionally, metadata could still be something I worked with on the side. With that mindset, I went ahead and took more metadata and linked data classes, a decision I do not regret one bit.

I began a project in my Linked Data course (see zenlibrary.org/visualization) that I am going to continue working on. It was ambitious but met the assignment requirements by way of its design. I pushed it as far as I could, but it contains loads of bumps that need smoothed out. I would also like to expand upon it by adding a user interface to modify and filter the RDF data, perhaps even run live SPARQL queries constructed by web form POST input. I will continue to blog about this as I have significant updates.

I am glad to have completed my MLIS. The main impression I can share is that you get out what you put in. Stretch the papers, go outside the recommended readings, and find ways that the assignments fit into real world applications you are interested in. Once I was doing this, I saw the true value in the program.

Blog time fail…


April 6th, 2021 | Topic: Uncategorized | Author: | no responses |


I now realize that a 40-hour-a-week job, side jobs, and grad school leave little room for much else. I am still keeping up on the site, though. I look forward to sharing some insights that I have been having about libraries. Hopefully soon! For now, I shall just keep the site updated on the backend and try to post a little something here and there as time allows.