Ethics in Linked Data
Editors: B.M. Watson, Alexandra Provo, and Kathleen Burlingame
Publisher: Library Juice Press
Physical Description: 6x9; 482 p.
Discussions about linked data and its potential are often utopian and technophiliac, rarely examining darker implications or harmful consequences. Since technology cannot exist outside of social, cultural, and economic spheres, it is important for creators and stewards of linked data and its related systems to recognize and address the impact (whether intended or not, positive or negative) on the communities, individuals affected.
The central premise of this book is that it is imperative:
- to foreground ethics rather than apply them as an afterthought,
- to acknowledge and mitigate the damage caused by existing systems,
- to create a place and space of justice for the minoritized,
- and to enable more ethical outcomes in linked data projects.
This book collects the voices of practitioners, technologists, and developers working on linked data initiatives; scholars working at the intersection of ethics, cultural heritage, and technology; and workers in GLAMS, among others in order to explore emerging and changing technical and ethical landscapes. Contributions investigate the intersection of linked data with such topics as gender, indigenous knowledge, inclusive data creation, authority control, identity management, systems design, codes of ethics, sustainability, critiques of fundamental linked data models, and more.
B.M. Watson is a white queer crip & nonbinary settler living in Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish. They are pursuing their PhD at the University of British Columbia’s iSchool focusing on equitable cataloging in libraries, archives, and museums. They also serve as the Archivist-Historian of APA’s Consensual Non-Monogamy Committee and on the Editorial Board of the Homosaurus.
Alexandra Provo is Metadata Librarian at New York University’s Division of Libraries and co-coordinator of the NYU/LIU Dual Degree Mentorship Program. She is also a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute, where she teaches a course on metadata.
Kathleen Burlingame is Electronic Discovery and Access Librarian at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and chairs its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Discovery strategic team. Burlingame has worked on numerous linked data initiatives and co-founded the LD4 Ethics affinity group.