Representatives from CNI member organizations gather twice annually to explore new technologies, content, and applications; to further collaboration; to analyze technology policy issues; and to catalyze the development and deployment of new projects. Each member organization may send two representatives. Visit https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2017 for more information.
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Tuesday, April 4 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Semantic Web Identity: A New Opportunity for Libraries to Improve Machine Comprehension of Academic Organizations and Concepts

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Internet search engines have difficulty understanding academic organizations due to a lack of structured data records on the Semantic Web. This poor understanding impedes the ability of search engines to refer users to the organizations and limits the information search engines can hand to semantic technologies, such as mapping and voice-activated applications. Semantic Web Identity (SWI) is the condition in which search engines understand the existence and nature of entities. The display of a Knowledge Graph Card in Google search results is an indicator of SWI, as it demonstrates that the search engine has gathered verifiable facts about the entity. SWI may positively impact the award of research funding, student enrollment, faculty recruitment, and even university rankings. This presentation summarizes research conducted for a recent doctoral dissertation, showing that SWI is poor for Association of Research Libraries (ARL) libraries and that this condition extends to many other academic organizations. The situation presents a bold new opportunity for academic libraries, and this presentation will also provide a case study of Montana State University Library’s success in offering SWI services to campus organizations.

Dissertation: http://scholarworks.montana.edu/xmlui/handle/1/12517
Data set: http://doi.org/10.15788/M2F590
Semantic Web Identity Services at Montana State University: https://www.lib.montana.edu/services/semantic-web/ 

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Kenning Arlitsch

Dean of the Library, Montana State University
Kenning Arlitsch has held positions in library instruction, digital library development, IT services, and administration. His funded research has focused on search engine optimization, as well as measuring impact and use of digital repositories. He is the principal investigator for... Read More →
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Justin Shanks

Montana State University
Digital Scholarship Librarian and Interim Department Head of Digital Library Initiatives at Montana State University Library. Director of MSU's Data Infrastructure and Scholarly Communication (DISC) group (montana.edu/disc). Ready to defend a dissertation examining the historical... Read More →

Tuesday April 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT