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RE: Books identifications

From: DOLBEAR, Cathy <cathy.dolbear@oup.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2015 10:38:30 +0000
To: Cyril Otal <cyrilo@bookeen.com>, "semantic-web@w3.org" <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-ID: <C5E27B59151F6D48BB5CE8B448B0DB9659A5346F@GBOXFXMB03.uk.oup.com>
Hi Cyril,
There are several vocabularies that describe book content - for example PRISM [1] (primarily XML), BIBO[2] (for RDF), or schema.org's "CreativeWork" (useful for RDFa, but the vocabulary can be used as a lightweight description of book concepts)
If you're interested specifically in identifiers for books, the ISBN can be useful, but bear in mind it only refers to the work in a particular format - so there would be a different ISBN for F1 and F2 in your example.
It may be easier to reuse already existing identifiers for a particular Series, such as http://viaf.org/viaf/258305993/ and for a particular Work http://viaf.org/viaf/312362057/ (though if you take a look at this, you can see it's been deleted - always a problem with relying on others' identifiers); or alternatively use Wikidata https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q45875  
If the book is published online, you can use its DOI as its URI instead (so your preface E4B would probably have its own DOI)  

I'm a little confused by your use of "editor" in your example  - do you really mean "publisher"? And most vocabularies use the term "volume" rather than "tome".

Hope that helps,

[1] http://www.idealliance.org/specifications/prism-metadata-initiative

[2] http://bibliontology.com/ 

Cathy Dolbear | Senior Link Architect
Digital Data Strategy Group, Global Academic 
Oxford University Press | Great Clarendon Street | Oxford | OX2 6DP

-----Original Message-----
From: Cyril Otal [mailto:cyrilo@bookeen.com] 
Sent: 07 August 2015 13:06
To: semantic-web@w3.org
Subject: Books identifications


I'd like to know how to identify several resources found in the books world.
Let's take an example :

Let W be a work (like "A Clash of Kings").
Let S a series, including W (like "A Song of Ice and Fire")

W is published by 4 editors : E1, E2, E3 and E4 A simple version by E1 : E1B
E2 publishes it in two tomes : E2B1 and E2B2
E3 publishes it in 3 tomes :  E3B1, E3B2 and E3B3
E4 publishes it with a huge preface : E4B

Suppose there is 2 digital formats, F1 and F2 We can find W in format F1 in one file : F1B We can find W in format F2 in 2 files : F2B1 and F2B2

My question is : how to identify the resources :
- W
- S
- books E1B, E2B1, E2B2, E3B1, E3B2, E3B3, and E4B
- files F1B, F2B1 and F2B2

Where to use ISBN, EAN… ?


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