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Re: BL investigating linked data for catalogue?

From: <gordon@gordondunsire.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2010 12:53:11 +0100 (BST)
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All
 
This is news, and is of some significance to this group. See the press release
of 2 days ago:
 
http://www.bl.uk/news/2010/pressrelease20100823a.html
 
I was able to discuss this informally with BL representatives at IFLA a couple
of weeks ago. There is a presentation; I'll try and track down a published
version and post the link.
 
I know that the BL has conducted some informal experiments with the RDF/DC
version of the data to create instance triples. These include parsing literal
content in the Library of Congress Subject Headings and Dewey Decimal
Classification fields to identify matches with the open-linked data versions of
LCSH and the DDC Summaries. Similar experiments have been carried on with
literals containing personal names to match them against the Virtual
International Authority File. There has been reasonable success, from what I
understand.
 
The potential of this initiative for library linked data is enormous; opening
the data and parsing it to instance triples could supply billions of
high-quality triples to the Semantic Web, creating critical mass for real-world
applications and quality-attracts-quality user-generated triples.
 
Cheers
 
Gordon
 

On 24 August 2010 at 11:07 Owen Stephens <owen@ostephens.com> wrote:

> Not sure if this is news or not, but I hadn't picked up on it before
>
> http://www.bl.uk/bibliographic/datafree.html
>
> At the moment they seem to have concrete plans to offer Bibliographic data as
> RDF/DC (everything literals by the look of it), under CC-NC-SA 3.0, but they
> also note they are "investigating options for structuring its catalogue
> information as linked data and is collaborating with a number of organisations
> in examining the issues associated with making bibliographic metadata
> available in this way." (I wonder if this is a reference to current JISC
> projects such as LOCAH - http://blogs.ukoln.ac.uk/locah/ and the Open
> Bibliography Project - http://code.google.com/p/jiscexpo/wiki/jiscopenbib ?)
>
> Owen
>
> Owen Stephens
> Owen Stephens Consulting
> Web: http://www.ostephens.com
> Email: owen@ostephens.com
> Telephone: 0121 288 6936
>
> On 23 Aug 2010, at 17:15, Karen Coyle wrote:
>
> > http://www.mkbergman.com/902/i-have-yet-to-metadata-i-didnt-like/
> >
> > --
> > Karen Coyle
> > kcoyle@kcoyle.net http://kcoyle.net
> > ph: 1-510-540-7596
> > m: 1-510-435-8234
> > skype: kcoylenet
> >
> >
>
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