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Library Linked Data use cases

From: Antoine Isaac <aisaac@few.vu.nl>
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:00:45 +0100
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As promised during the call today, here are some pointers about what we did for the Library Linked Data W3C incubator group [1].
There, we also wanted to use concrete cases as a scoping mechanism, to ground our future work.
The template we use was at
And the process is documented at

Some remarks that could be useful for DWBP:

- for gathering cases, we chose not to focus too much 'use cases', 'stories' or whatever. Actually we had started asking for use cases, but found that many people were just comfortable sending more concrete 'stories'.
So we just decided to let people send what they could, as long as it fit the template, which could accommodate various levels of abstraction. We saw it rather *our* job to abstract what we received, into use cases like the ones in the final report [2]

- we nominated some group members acted as 'curators' for the received cases, editing and finding out the details when needed. Sometimes it was indeed required to go back to the case providers -- many were group members anyway, so it wasn't hard ;-)

- we had put together some guidelines to make sure it wouldn't be too hard to put all cases together in the end.

- similar to the current DWBP detailed set of questions [3], we also had come with a set of topics that were specifically dear to the group:
But we refrained from having these impacting too much the case gathering process. They were made available to case contributors, but as a suggestion merely linked from the template. In the end, these detailed lists were perhaps more for us as case curators than for the case contributors!
As a matter of fact, putting together the detailed list worked a bit like a 'purge'. Everyone put their smart ideas there, and after that these ideas didn't influence as much the scoping of the group as much as if we had been discussing them every week for 30 minutes...

I am very much aware that it was a group of library-aware people, not fearing apparent complexity ;-) But our process was in fact much inspired by what had been done in other groups, like the Semantic Web Deployment or Provenance ones, so I believe it could inspire the DWBP group as well.



[1] http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/lld/
[2] http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/lld/XGR-lld-usecase/
[3] https://www.w3.org/2013/dwbp/wiki/index.php?title=Use_Cases&oldid=365#Common_Questions_to_Consider_for_Each_Story
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