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Re: [metadata] FYI: BIBTEX Update at the LoC

From: Robert Sanderson <azaroth42@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2013 06:47:17 -0700
Message-ID: <CABevsUGVsovOWqVh2_Z7+2dVvzBCd5vhDbuwoqHeXOSoc8go6A@mail.gmail.com>
To: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Cc: W3C Digital Publishing IG <public-digipub-ig@w3.org>
My concerns with the Bibframe effort are many, but their explicit decision
NOT to reuse any existing ontologies is extremely worrying.  Regardless of
the fact that their machines were shutdown along with the rest of the
government, they claim that they cannot trust other ontologies to still be
available in the future (even W3C ones!) and hence won't adopt any existing

Given their other, equally concerning, XML to RDF conversions such as
MODS/RDF, I would be very cautious in expecting anything useful or even
understandable to come out of the bibframe effort.



On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 5:44 AM, Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org> wrote:

> I am not sure this is directly relevant to the Metadata Task Force
> discussion, but it may be of interest nevertheless:
> http://www.loc.gov/bibframe/media/updateforum-nov22-2013.html
> contains a fairly long video on LoC's BIBTEX initiative. Yes, it is
> library metadata, not publishers' metadata, but I guess one of the
> challenges in general is how to bring those together.
> Eric Miller, who is one of the developers (and, actually, who led the
> Semantic Web Activity at W3C until 2007) makes a very high level case for
> the usage of a BIBTEX-like structure (starting around 49:00 in the video).
> His talk lacks technical details for my taste, but I guess that was the
> nature of the audience...
> Ivan
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