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Developing a Spanish-language Homosaurus: Using Multi-language Linked Data to Enhance LGBTQ+ Resource Discoverability

Led by: K.J. Rawson

Developing a Spanish-language Homosaurus: Using Multi-language Linked Data to Enhance LGBTQ+ Resource Discoverability” has a two-tiered goal of developing a multi-language linked data platform, and creating and implementing a Spanish-language version of the Homosaurus vocabulary. The Homosaurus is an international linked data vocabulary of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) terms; this vocabulary is intended to function as a companion to broad subject term vocabularies, such as the Library of Congress Subject Headings. Libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions are encouraged to use the Homosaurus to support LGBTQ research by enhancing the discoverability of their LGBTQ resources.

This project is a three year collaboration with three partners: the Arizona Queer Archives, San Francisco Public Library, and UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. Each partner has significant LGBTQ+ collections that would benefit from the addition of Spanish metadata. The potential implications and uptake of this project for linked open data and multi-language discovery systems are considerable. This grant will support the development of a multi-language back-end architecture, a procedure for translation and community partnerships, and an implementation strategy to be used for additional languages.

Outside collaborators:

  • Marika Cifor, University of Washington
  • Arizona Queer Archives, the San Francisco Public Library
  • University of California-Los Angeles

Project sponsor/grantor:

  • National Endowment for the Humanities

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