LINCS will produce a national Linked Open Data store for the dissemination of the data it converts. An open-source triple-store system will reliably support large RDF datasets with billions of triples. LINCS will build a LOD storage environment to ensure compatibility with participating datasets, integrating ontologies, tuning the inference functionality, and installing the APIs that will enable trusted data providers to push in data on a regular basis, and create hooks for tools.
We rely on partners in the digital ecosystem for source data storage, management, and preservation. Source collections may be hosted in a range of ways to achieve stable URLs for LINCS metadata: through Institutional Repositories, stable research sites, or the Internet Archive.
The Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC) provides Canadian researchers with an accessible virtual research environment housing 20+ projects, 250,000+ items, and a growing LOD footprint, that hosts, disseminates, and provides online tools for cultural research. LINCS will provide CWRC with a major upgrade to version 4 of its Fedora platform and the CLAW release of the Islandora interface framework, to enable both to better support LOD. CWRC will serve as an on-ramp for digital scholarship, and provides a testbed for studying LOD that is iterative, interactive, and dynamic—like the Web—and thus poses challenges in frequent versioning of data. CWRC will model how other research environments can incorporate LINCS functionality.