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2015 Prepared Talk Proposals

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Added "A Semantic Makeover for CMS Data" proposal
Have you ever pointed out obvious (to you at least!) usability problems in your library website only to face strong resistance from the library staff? Are you one of those who are passionate about making library information and services as usable as possible but who also struggle to get the point across and/or obtain the crucial buy-in from colleagues and administrators? There is no shortage of usability and UX (user experience) guidelines, but they are useless if you cannot implement it for your own library. This talk will focus on the 'expert review' (aka 'heuristic evaluation') process rather than other more time-and-labor-intensive usability testing methods. Several examples from amazingly simple fixes to more nuanced usability and UX issues in libraries will be discussed to your heart's content along with practical strategies that will help you to make a real difference to your library's Web usability and UX.
== A Semantic Makeover for CMS Data ==
* Bill Levay,, Linked Jazz Project
How can we take semi-structured but messy metadata from a repository like CONTENTdm and transform it into rich linked data? Working with metadata from Tulane’s Hogan Jazz Archive Photography Collection, the Linked Jazz Project used Open Refine and Python scripts to tease out proper names, match them with name authority URIs, and specify FOAF relationships between musicians who appear together in photographs. Additional RDF triples were created for any dates associated with the photos, and for those images with place information we employed GeoNames URIs. Historical images and data that were siloed can now interact with other datasets, like Linked Jazz’s rich set of names and personal relationships, and can be visualized [link to come] or otherwise presented on the web in any number of ways. I have not previously presented at a Code4Lib conference.

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