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The Other L

From: Karen Coyle <kcoyle@kcoyle.net>
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2010 09:45:30 -0700
Message-ID: <20100815094530.6f3n5zcbeo4ok000@kcoyle.net>
To: public-lld@w3.org
Ooops for that empty mail -- slip of the finger.

Over the weeks we have had many discussions about linked data, its  
meaning and implementation. I would like to bring into that discussion  
the "other L" -- that is the Library data aspect of this group.  
Library practices have a considerable history and are quite heavily  
documented, so it should be possible for us to eshew speculation and  
have an informed discussion of library data as it exists today, and  
its efforts to move to new models. To this end, I have created a wiki  
page of resources:


This is just my first pass, and others are invited to contribute.  
Right now this is on the LLDWG wiki, but if there is a desire for  
wider contribution I could copy it to the public wiki. I wasn't sure  
which was the better location for it.

While it may seem overkill to ask discussants to familiarize  
themselves with library cataloguing practices, I really don't see how  
we will successfully guide library data to linked library data if we  
aren't at least as informed about library data as we are about linked  
data. And before anyone complains about the hours that would have to  
be spent reading about library data, I warn you that I will come back  
rapidly with an estimate of the time that I have put into reading and  
re-reading the totality of the semantic web documentation over the  
last 2-3 years. While I wouldn't ask anyone to meet my efforts hour  
for hour, I do think that a study of library practices will make this  
group's work more relevant, and will be an indicator of mutual respect  
between the two communities.


Karen Coyle
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Received on Sunday, 15 August 2010 16:46:03 UTC

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