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FAQ- structured data about historical book collections

From: WILDER, COLIN <WILDERCF@mailbox.sc.edu>
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:43:13 +0000
To: "public-esw-thes@w3.org" <public-esw-thes@w3.org>
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Dear W3C,

I am relatively new to the semantic web. I am the associate director of the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of South Carolina in the US. Over the past year we have created a web-based data curation platform for historical humanities research called RL (http://tundra.csd.sc.edu/rol/). Right now we are preparing a proposal to expand the program to include pulling in linked data from the web and pushing out public data in RL's data commons as LOD. We have tracked down what we think are appropriate vocabularies to describe most of the entity types in RL (persons, their relationships, books they've written), but are still having a hard time finding vocabulary for a few outstanding types.

One is historical book collections, for instance the catalog of 1000 books in the Frankfurt Public Library two centuries ago. Such information might be published in RL and we would like to find a way to structure it as LOD to publish and share it on the web. Another data type is enrollment in a class - to describe person X as having taken class C from person Y. A third type would be travel - to show that persons X and Y took a trip together, traveling say from place M to place N, leaving at one time and arriving at another.

Anyway, if you can offer me any guidance I would be very grateful.

Thanks again,

Colin Wilder

Dr. Colin F. Wilder
Associate Director
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