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Use cases

From: Denenberg, Ray <rden@loc.gov>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 14:38:11 -0400
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I gave a very brief introduction a few weeks ago and promised to follow with  more complete information.

I am Ray Denenberg, with the Library of Congress. I have been at LC for 30 years. We joined the W3C in 1999 and I have been the AC representative since then.   Right now I am primarily  involved with BIBFRAME, the Bibliographic Framework Initiative http://www.loc.gov/bibframe/ .

BIBFRAME has an annotation component, and I am closely involved with research into the BIBFRAME annotation model, a draft of which is at http://bibframe.org/documentation/annotations/ .  This model is in part inspired and influenced by the Open Annotation Model , http://www.openannotation.org/spec/core/  though they are not quite compatible.

I want to stress, emphatically, that it is not my intention, purpose, or hope, to try to push our annotation model on this work.  It is my hope, however, to discover to what extent our use cases are within the scope of the W3C work. If they are, then we may well tweak our model towards  the direction of the W3C model.

A sample of our use cases are at http://bibframe.org/documentation/annotations/#useCases   and are copied here:

 *   Cover Art. Hennepin County Library acquires an ebook copy of Shakespeare's Macbeth. The library wishes to find cover art that it can use to advertise its copy. (Either there was no cover art supplied with the copy, or the cover art supplied was not deemed satisfactory.) There are dozens or perhaps hundreds of cover art images for Macbeth. For many of these images, someone (either the artist, or a third-party annotator) has created an annotation saying "this image is cover art for this Instance". The Library can search cover art Annotations and select one that it likes.
 *   Holdings. Lucy is looking for a copy of the book Plum Island, by DeMille. She would like to find a local library that holds a copy, within her town of Independence Missouri. She searches by title and finds the BIBFRAME Work, which points to instances. Holding Annotations are attached to Instances, and she discovers that Blue River Library has a copy, which she is able to borrow.
 *   Reviews. Amy is trying to determine whether she wants to read the book Shining Girls by Beuke; she would like to read reviews. There are many reviews - at Goodreads, Amazon, NY Times, NPR, and various other web sites. Amy would prefer to be able to gather a list of links to reviews, rather than going to each review site individually to look for a review of the book.
Any reviewer is of course free to post a review to whatever review site he/she chooses. However, if, when a review is written, an Annotation can be created saying "this review reviews this book", then Amy can search for review Annotations and find at least those reviews for which Annotations exist.
 *   Descriptions. Tom is doing research on Brazil's political history. He comes across the BIBFRAME Work describing the book Order and progress : a political history of Brazil by Schneider. The Work has valuable information about the book, but Tom wonders if there is additional information available, not included in the Work, information that might help him decide whether the book will be useful to his research.
Someone familiar with this book might see the BIBFRAME Work and notice that there is information missing which might be interesting or useful to a researcher, and attach a Description Annotation with that information.
Tom searches for Annotations of the Work and finds Description Annotations that tell him additional information about the book.

As I said, I hope to learn whether these use cases are within the scope of W3C annotations and I welcome opinions on that question.  'no'  is a perfectly reasonable answer, but I am hoping that they are, and if so, I will work with BIBFRAME to make its model more compatible.   In any case I look forward to working on the W3C model and I'll say again, for emphasis, it is not my intent to  try to impose our model on  W3C.

Ray
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