Although the learning curve for linked data technologies can be steep, a number of potential benefits have been suggested for libraries and NBAs including:

  • New opportunities for leadership as their recognised authority, persistence and stability are seen as highly desirable when building a future global information infrastructure
  • Lower barriers for re-using library metadata increases its wider community value and improves access to information and culture
  • Improved web integration of resources increases visibility and reaches new users
  • An accessible open global pool of reusable metadata will reduce duplicated effort and enable organisations to concentrate on adding unique value
  • New perspectives, skills and contacts from collaborating with developers and users on cross domain projects