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A Linked Data Competency Framework for Educators and Learners

Linked Data is recognized as one of the underpinnings for open data, open science, and data-driven research and learning in the Semantic Web era. Questions still exist, however, about what should be expected as Linked Data related knowledge, skills, and learning outcomes, and where to find relevant learning materials. This webinar will introduce a competency framework that defines the knowledge and skills necessary for professional practice in the area of Linked Data, developed by the LinkedĀ Data for Professional Educators (LD4PE) project and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The webinar will give an overview of the structure and content of the Competency Index for Linked Data (95 competencies within six categories), which provides a concise and readable map of concepts and skills related to practices and technologies of Linked Data, and is for the benefit of interested learners and educators. The presentation will also introduce the LD4PE website, which provides a collection of several hundred learning resources that have been cataloged and mapped to the Competency Index.

Other publicly available resources include a number of road maps for various professionals and a package for learning Linked Data through an OCLC provided WorldCat Linked Data dataset.


Marcia Lei Zeng

Marcia Lei Zeng is a Professor at School of Information, Kent State University. She holds a Ph.D. from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Her major research interests include knowledge organization structures/systems/services (KOS), Linked Data, metadata, semantic technologies, and digital humanities. Her research projects have received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Fulbright Scholar Program, and other foundations. She was an Invited Expert on the W3C Library Linked Data (LOD) Incubator Group and has held office in numerous international library and information science associations including IFLA, SLA, ASIS&T, NISO, ISO, and DCMI. Currently, she is serving as an Executive Board Member of the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO).