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Re: Checking "Apply library experience in curation" rec

From: Antoine Isaac <aisaac@few.vu.nl>
Date: Wed, 07 Sep 2011 08:17:29 +0200
Message-ID: <4E670C79.5090606@few.vu.nl>
To: public-xg-lld@w3.org
On 9/7/11 12:52 AM, Tom Baker wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 06, 2011 at 03:16:05PM -0700, Karen Coyle wrote:
>>> As I see it, the point is not that libraries would themselves add links from
>>> biographers or genealogists, but that by opening their data they would be
>>> making it possible for biographers and genealogists themselves to
>>> add the links
>>> -- which is not quite what your sentence says.
>> Isn't the linked data message that by opening data as linked data
>> the links "exist", and in both directions? It's not that
>> genealogists and librarians would add links, but that both would
>> create data in a linked data format. Any *relationships* created
>> between URIs should benefit the entire LD cloud.
> That's certainly true, and perhaps that is what we really want to say.
> I was comparing to the original text, which says: "Data from biographers or
> genealogists, for example, would immensely enrich resource descriptions in
> areas to which librarians traditionally do not themselves attend" --
> emphasizing the potential links made by non-librarians to library data (because
> they are areas to which librarians traditional do not themselves attend).
> Antoine's proposed re-write, in contrast, says that libraries would reap
> benefits, etc.  Then in the next sentence: "Adding links to data from
> biographers or genealogists, for example, would..." -- which (in my reading)
> emphasizes links made by librarians pointing to non-library data.
> None of the above are wrong; it's a question of what we want to emphasize.  I
> thought the intention was to emphasize the enrichment of library data through
> the creation of links by outsiders (non-librarians), but it would be fine with
> me to word the message to emphasize more the "bi-directional" nature of links
> -- and to convey, as I think you propose, that "adding links" is not a process
> of going in and editing someone else's data (!), but simply of declaring
> relationships to other data and publishing those relationships as Linked Data.

Just to make it clear, I was trying to make the connection between the two last sentences and the topic of "Apply library experience in curation and long-term preservation to Linked Data datasets". If the sentences are "just" opening data and waiting for interesting links to be made by unspecified actors, then librarians don't have to "apply" anything!

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