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Ed Summers Introduction

From: Ed Summers <ehs@pobox.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 21:38:11 -0400
Message-ID: <AANLkTim5SjZf4tp5ZUo8EkFkTmvVWJOmUJDDS0gQ7MrI@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-xg-lld@w3.org
(better late than never?)

My name is Ed Summers. I'm a software developer working at the Library
of Congress. I work in a group that is focused on digital preservation
activities. I've worked on a few Linked Data applications including a
service that makes Library of Congress Subject Headings available as
SKOS [1], and Chronicling America [2] which makes 2.3 million
newspaper pages available as Linked Data using OAI-ORE, Dublin Core,
and the Bibliographic Ontology. I participated in the W3C Semantic Web
Deployment Working Group, where I contributed to the SKOS and RDFa
recommendations.

Like Jodi I'm interested in cross-fertilizing the computer science and
library domains. More generally I'm interested in making the data
that's stuffed away in databases available on the web as structured
data. I'm on twitter [3] and have a blog [4] that I write random stuff
on sometimes. I'm a pragmatist, and tend to interpret Linked Data
pretty liberally: e.g. not requiring RDF and SPARQL necessarily [5]. I
consider any format that can represent typed links between web
resources as essentially Linked Data. In my heart of hearts I'm a REST
advocate, and think that httpRange-14 is basically an elaborate
scholarly joke. I guess this makes me a heretic of sorts. I've been
known to follow rules to get-things-done, and to change my mind :-)

//Ed

[1] http://id.loc.gov/
[2] http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
[3] http://twitter.com/edsu
[4] http://inkdroid.org/journal/
[5] http://web.archive.org/web/20080417235331/http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/LinkedData.html
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