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Linked open data is transforming the way that libraries and archives connect to each other and to the wider information ecosystem. This set of technologies and standards allows for factual statements (like metadata) to be linked together in both human- and machine-readable format, opening new doors for semantic searching, concept disambiguation, content reuse, and building relationships among and between data sets. But like all new technologies, linked data will come with its own challenges and problems and will amplify older problems that librarians have always dealt with (e.g., verifiability, contextualization, interpretation, and politicization of information). However, even with these problems, linked data will reshape the landscape of information seeking and retrieval. Thankfully, librarians and archivists are hard at work staying abreast of this change and approaching these challenges head-on.





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