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LINCS collaborates with scholars to help convert your research data into Linked Open Data (LOD) and to publish that LOD as part of the LINCS Knowledge Graph. Publishing data with LINCS assumes that you have existing data—though not necessarily LOD—as opposed to creating LOD from the start

The conversion and publication process is a collaborative one, where LINCS provides resources, tools, and advice to guide your team’s work.

Knowledge Requirements

  • It is helpful to have a basic understanding of LOD basics before beginning the conversion process.
  • Think about how your project and data will benefit from using LOD technologies and what research questions you seek to answer with your converted data.

Data Requirements

When you publish with LINCS, you are making your dataset available to—and connecting it with data created by—others. LINCS publishes data under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. In some cases, we are able to work with data that is not open. We respect data sovereignty and adhere to the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance.

Before we can prepare your data for publication, you need to sign the Data Publication License Agreement and complete the Data Publication License Agreement Supplementary Form. We recommend you review these documents before starting to create LOD. For more information, see the Data Publication License Agreement Instructions (Coming Soon).

Research Team Requirements

  • The conversion process is led by the data holders, or Research Team, with support from the LINCS team. Each Research Team needs to have a Project Lead who is able to make conceptual decisions about the datasets. It is also a good idea to have someone on the Research Team who is able to perform data extraction and manipulation (i.e., convert the data into a particular format).

  • Many of the steps in the conversion process, especially reconciliation, can be completed by student research assistants who understand the source data and have a basic technical aptitude. These research assistants are generally hired by and work with the Research Team. LINCS will assist with the more difficult tasks, including mapping the data to an ontology.

Next Step

Learn about the conversion and publication workflows.