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RE: ]FAQ- structured data about historical book collections

From: Svensson, Lars <L.Svensson@dnb.de>
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:43:30 +0000
To: "WILDER, COLIN" <WILDERCF@mailbox.sc.edu>, "public-esw-thes@w3.org" <public-esw-thes@w3.org>
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Colin,

this is interesting stuff and I’m looking forward to learning more about it. A question for clarity:

When you say that you want to publish information about historical book collections (e. g. the catalog of 1000 books in the Frankfurt Public Library two centuries ago): Are you looking for a way to describe the individual books or to describe the collection as a whole?

For individual books bibo or BIBFRAME are suitable and you might want to consider the RDA Element Set [1] as well (is based on FRBR). For the description of collections and catalogues the DC Collection AP [2] might be what you are looking for.

[1] http://rdvocab.info/Elements
[2] dublincore.org/groups/collections/collection-application-profile/

Best,

Lars


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From: WILDER, COLIN [mailto:WILDERCF@mailbox.sc.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 4:43 PM
To: public-esw-thes@w3.org
Subject: ]FAQ- structured data about historical book collections

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



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