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Re: linkable library data

From: Antoine Isaac <aisaac@few.vu.nl>
Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 18:10:00 +0200
Message-ID: <4C714BD8.4090908@few.vu.nl>
To: public-xg-lld <public-xg-lld@w3.org>
Hello Karen,

> On the public list some folks have posted links to existing sources of
> linkable library data -- libraries that are making their data available
> in RDF. It seems it would be good to gather those links and a little
> information about what is available. My idea is to create a short
> template for the public wiki and a place for anyone to give information
> about their linkable data there. Here's what I had in mind for the
> template:
> Institution or database
> Contact Person
> Short description
> How to access
> Documentation location
> One or two examples
> -- examples can be links that return data
> Comments?

That seems a very good idea!  And thanks for starting the template.

My only comment on the content of your proposal would be on "linked data" vs. "RDF data" vs. "linkable data". Having RDF data available does not mean that it is publish as linked data stricto sensu [1], which I guess is captured by your "linkable data" expression. Maybe it would be useful to be more explicit, and ask "how" the data is available (RDF dump, full linked data).

I would have another comment on the process, though. Crucial as this effort will be, I'd be more comfortable if it was not interfering with the one of gathering use cases. If we send out two "calls for contribution" at the same time, this might be confusing for the potential contributors. They could think that we're just happy with data description (which is always easier) while we want a bit more.

Further, for now the list of stuff available (at least as "real" linked data) is not extremely long, cf. the pointers in my LLD talk [2] (in which I stole some stuff from others, especially Ross' cloud).

So, I'd propose to activate that not before a few weeks have passed. Would that be ok?



[1] http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/LinkedData.html
[2] http://www.slideshare.net/antoineisaac/w3c-library-linked-data-incubator-group
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