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Abstract (Executive Summary)

From: Tom Baker <tbaker@tbaker.de>
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2011 15:29:14 -0400
To: public-xg-lld <public-xg-lld@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20110905192914.GA52149@julius>
I have looked at a number of abstracts, which range in length from two
sentences to one page, and come up with the attached [1].

This text is long enough to present the mission and rationale for the LLD XG
(with links to its charter and home page); summarize our method and the
contents of the final report (with links to the separate reports on Use Cases
and Available Vocabularies); and list -- in a slightly abbreviated form but
almost verbatim -- the key recommendations of the report.

As this text comes right at the top of the Final Report, I believe it meets the
need to prominently cite the side deliverables.  (We discussed putting links to
the side deliverables into the "Status of this Document" section, but I suspect
they would be lost there, and that does not seem to be the function of this
section in other XG reports.)


[1] http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/lld/wiki/ExecutiveSummary

    === Abstract ===

    The [http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/lld/charter mission] of the
    [http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/lld/ W3C Library Linked Data Incubator
    Group], chartered from May 2010 through August 2011, has been "to help increase
    global interoperability of library data on the Web, by bringing together people
    involved in Semantic Web activities -€” focusing on Linked Data -€” in the
    library community and beyond, building on existing initiatives, and identifying
    collaboration tracks for the future."  This final report of the Incubator Group
    examines how Semantic Web standards and Linked Data principles can be used to
    make the valuable information assets that library create and curate --
    resources such as bibliographic data, authorities, and concept schemes -- more
    visible and re-usable outside of their original library-world contexts on the
    wider Web.

    The Incubator Group began by eliciting reports on relevant activities from
    parties ranging from small, independent projects to national library
    initiatives (see the separate report, ''Library Linked Data XG: Use Cases''
    @@@CITE@@@).  The use cases provided the starting point for the work summarized
    in the report: an analysis of the benefits of library Linked Data; a discussion
    of current issues with regard to traditional library data, existing library
    Linked Data initiatives, and legal rights over library data; and
    recommendations for next steps.  The report also summarizes the results of a
    survey of current Linked Data technologies and an inventory of library Linked
    Data resources available today (see also the more detailed report, ''Library
    Linked Data XG: Datasets, Value Vocabularies, and Metadata Element Sets''

    Key recommendations of the report are:
    * That library leaders identify sets of data as possible candidates for early
      exposure as Linked Data and foster a discussion about Open Data and rights;
    * That library standards bodies participate in Semantic Web standardization,
      develop library data standards that are compatible with Linked Data,
      disseminate best-practice design patterns, and design enhanced user services
      based on Linked Data capabilities;
    * That data and systems designers create URIs for the items in library
      datasets, connect library data standards to the Linked Data space, and develop
      policies for managing RDF vocabularies and their URIs.
    * That librarians and archivists preserve Linked Data element sets and value
      vocabularies and apply their experience to the curation and long-term
      preservation of Linked Data.
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