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RE: FAQ- structured data about historical book collections

From: WILDER, COLIN <WILDERCF@mailbox.sc.edu>
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:00:39 +0000
To: Antoine Isaac <aisaac@few.vu.nl>, "public-esw-thes@w3.org" <public-esw-thes@w3.org>
Message-ID: <089CE143A5E06D46832705E5CE5598122ADDC275@CAE145EMBP06.ds.sc.edu>
Dear Antoine,

Many thanks for this clarification. I'm sort of feeling around in the dark right now. I will send emails to those places you mention and see what kind of feedback I get. I think you are right - I think the W3C is far too broad and high-end a target for my inquiry - I'm really just trying to get some technical input on some specific ontologies. 

I would ideally also like to find one or two people who do LOD work and work on historical humanities data, such as book or manuscript collections - we are trying to find some people who might be willing to serve as (very occasional) advisors to the next stage of our project.

Again, thanks for directing my mail to more appropriate destinations...

Colin



-----Original Message-----
From: Antoine Isaac [mailto:aisaac@few.vu.nl] 
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 3:55 PM
To: public-esw-thes@w3.org
Subject: Re: FAQ- structured data about historical book collections

Dear Colin,

I suspect there's a slight misunderstanding: you've not really addressed W3C as a whole, but the list that is specifically devoted to SKOS, thesauri, classifications etc. Luckily you'll get some feedback on book data, because that's very close to the business of people here, but on the other topics you may want to consult other sources.

public-lod@w3.org - this is the general Linked Open Data list at W3C - probably useful for request that are not domain-specific.
http://lov.okfn.org - a very useful tool to search and get an overview of many vocabularies to structure data.

If after the pointers you've been sent already on the list you need more on library linked data:

http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/lld/XGR-lld-vocabdataset/ - a report on many vocabularies that can be useful in the library sector.
public-lld@w3.org - a list for Library Linked Data; not so active, but there are still many experts registered there and answering the occasional email lod-lam@googlegroups.com - LOD for Libraries, Archives, Museum - for general discussion on LD for these areas!

Best,

Antoine

On 1/14/14 4:43 PM, WILDER, COLIN wrote:
> 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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