At the Summit I gave a super brief presentation on the idea of using a transforming proxy to make a custom Web API into proper “5-star” Linked Data. This weekend I sat down and actually tried it.
It didn’t take very long to make a proxy which converts Museum Victoria’s Web API into a Linked Data service. I’ve blogged about the LOD proxy on my blog, including links to the demo and to source code.
I think it shows that this lightweight approach can work, and importantly, I think, it shows that a collecting institution which already has its own Web API can publish data into the LOD cloud without a whole heap of extra effort, by relying on the Web API to do most of the work.