What is LINCS?

Humanities researchers engage with, analyze, and synthesize heterogeneous bodies of information about people, places, organizations, events, concepts, artworks and artifacts and how they are linked. This applies whether one is considering the impact of Canadian government agencies on creative industries, how global trade routes relate to resource locations, how indigenous storytelling cultures negotiated European-based writing and publishing systems, or how social identities impact communities.

Scholars have unprecedented quantities of data for addressing complex social processes, but are hampered by the lack of meaningful connections between, and compatibility of, online materials. Most continue to interact with cultural data only through reading rather than by leveraging algorithmic processes to answer major questions about human culture. Humanities researchers need a smarter, semantic web whose links will elucidate the diverse causes, effects, and significance of human action and expression.

LINCS will enable deep contextualization and new ways of understanding, empowering users to do better research and to develop future research initiatives armed with enriched cultural content and contexts.

LINCS will serve the Canadian humanities research community. The 48 initial adopters from diverse fields are united by an interest in using linked open data (LOD) to overcome blockages in their research. All want to see their research data more accessible and interoperable with related datasets.

LINCS will benefit from, and contribute to Canada’s emergent national research data management network, working with initiatives in cultural data curation.

LINCS will provide a networked infrastructure of expertise and knowledge in linked data that will enable Canadian researchers to contribute to building a better information ecology.