Vol. 4 No. 1 (2013): Global Interoperability and Linked Data in Libraries: Special issue
Linked Data as a new Paradigm of Data Interconnection

Linked data: a new alphabet for the semantic web

Mauro Guerrini
Università degli Studi di Firenze
Tiziana Possemato

Published 2013-01-15


  • Library linked Data,
  • RDF

How to Cite

Guerrini, Mauro, and Tiziana Possemato. 2013. “Linked Data: A New Alphabet for the Semantic Web”. JLIS.It 4 (1):67. https://doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-6305.


The paper defines the linked data as a set of best practices that are used to publish data on the web using a machine; the technology (or mode of realization) of linked data is associated with the concept of the semantic web. It is the area of the semantic web, or web of data, as defined by Tim Berners-Lee "A web of things in the world, described by data on the web". The paper highlights the continuities and differences between semantic web and web traditional, or web documents. The analysis of linked data takes place within the world of libraries, archives and museums, traditionally committed to high standards for structuring and sharing of data. The data, in fact, assume the role of generating quality information for the network. The production of linked data requires compliance with rules and the use of specific technologies and languages, especially in the case of publication of linked data in open mode. The production cycle of linked data may be the track, or a guideline, for institutions that wish to join projects to publish their data. Data quality is assessed through a rating system designed by Tim Berners-Lee.


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