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Re: library patron data in RDF

From: Karen Coyle <kcoyle@kcoyle.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2011 07:42:13 -0800
Message-ID: <20111110074213.20388q7h01it6qj9@kcoyle.net>
To: public-lld@w3.org
This makes sense to me. I was thinking along the lines of "dog food" -  
if LD is good for linking globally, it should also be good for linking  
locally. And if our bibliographic data ends up in a triple store, it  
is possible that library management data will also be in such a data  
store since there are always points where the bib data and management  
data need to interact.


Quoting Jakob Voss <Jakob.Voss@gbv.de>:

>>> Has anyone started to express patron data in RDF?
>> What's the use-case? e.g. internal structure of an RDF-backed library
>> system maybe?
>> I was looking around recently to see if I could find any bulk
>> (aggregate, 'anonymised', etc) loans data, but it seems a pretty taboo
>> topic due to the privacy concerns. Since RDF is largely about sharing
>> data, I'm curious if you have a particular use in mind.
> RDF is not only about sharing but also about information integration.
> I found the support of NCIP in integrated library systems somehow
> disappointing and report of the Digital Library Federation more like
> a lip service. The chance of someone writing a Linked Data seems
> more likely than someone writing an NCIP wrapper, as RDF is much
> more common than library-specific formats. In addition, mapping
> one part of your library system to RDF helps you to map the rest.
>> Re loans data and their un-shareability, if that info could be kept
>> long enough *within* a library to compute similarities and generate
>> recommendations, sharing the results of such processing would be
>> interesting. However I have the impression that many (all? most?)
>> libraries try to keep such data for as short a time as possible...
> I had only aggregation on a smaller scale in mind: a user (or a user's
> client) would aggregate patron data from different libraries, for
> instance
> to show a combined list of his loans. For this reason I was looking for
> a simple ontology to express the most relevant library patron data in
> RDF. I guess that user account information can be expressed with SIOC
> and FOAF, but some specific properties such as
> - due-date
> - number-of-renewals
> - sum-of-dues
> ...
> would be needed. I hesitate to create yet another library-specific
> ontology (in addition to DAIA/RDF) and I wonder why no integrated
> library system has started to use RDF. Maybe hacking it into Koha
> is a good strategy, as I do not expect any commercial vendor to do so.
> Jakob
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