Re: Call for Use Cases: Library Linked Data

  Here comes my survey response re AuthorClaim.

> Call for Use Cases: Library Linked Data
> Are you currently using linked data technology [1] for library-related
> data, or considering doing it in the near future? If so, please tell us
> more by filling in the questionnaire below and sending it back to us or
> to, preferably before October 15th, 2010.
> The information you provide will be influential in guiding the
> activities the Library Linked Data Incubator Group will undertake to
> help increase global interoperability of library data on the Web. The
> information you provide will be curated and published on the group
> wikispace at [3].
> We understand that your time is precious, so please don't feel you have
> to answer every question. Some sections of the templates are clearly
> marked as optional. However, the more information you can provide, the
> easier it will be for the Incubator Group to understand your case. And,
> of course, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any trouble
> answering our questions. Editorial guidance on specific points is
> provided at [2], and examples are available at [3].
> We are particularly interested in use cases describing the use of
> library linked data for end-user oriented applications. However, we're
> not ruling anything out at this stage, and the Incubator Group will
> carefully consider all submissions we receive.
> On behalf of the Incubator Group, thanks in advance for your time,
> Emmanuelle Bermes (,
> Alexander Haffner (,
> Antoine Isaac ( and
> Jodi Schneider (
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
> ================================================================
> ================================================================
> === Name ===
> A short name by which we can refer to the use case in discussions.


> === Owner ===
> The contact person for this use case.

  Open Library Society c/o Thomas Krichel,
> === Background and Current Practice ===
> Where this use case takes place in a specific domain, and so requires
> some prior information to understand, this section is used to describe
> that domain. As far as possible, please put explanation of the domain in
> here, to keep the scenario as short as possible. If this scenario is
> best illustrated by showing how applying technology could replace
> current existing practice, then this section can be used to describe the
> current practice. Often, the key to why a use case is important
> also lies in what problem would occur if it was not achieved, or what
> problem means it is hard to achieve.
> === Goal ===
> Two short statements stating (1) what is achieved in the scenario
> without reference to linked data, and (2) how we use linked data
> technology to achieve this goal.

  (1) The application contributes to the identification of authors
  (and editors, and potentially other contributors, but let's stick
  to the term author for simplicity.)

> === Target Audience ===
> The main audience of your case. For example scholars, the general
> public, service providers, archivists, computer programs...

  Academic authors, who publish research papers.

> === Use Case Scenario ===
> The use case scenario itself, described as a story in which actors
> interact with systems. This section should focus on the user needs in
> this scenario. Do not mention technical aspects and/or the use of linked
> data.

  Registrants contact the service to fill in simple personal data such
  as name and affiliation. They build a set of name variations.  The
  service searches for the name of the person in a database of close
  to 100,000,000 authorships. It proposes registrants that the item is
  theirs or not. The result is a profile of documents that the person
  has authored and not authored. The search is repeated periodically
  to search for new additions to the document dataset. 

> === Application of linked data for the given use case ===
> This section describes how linked data technology could be used to
> support the use case above. Try to focus on linked data on an abstract
> level, without mentioning concrete applications and/or vocabularies.
> Hint: Nothing library domain specific.

  Linked data could be used to export the profiles, with bibliogrphic
  information as usend in AuthorClaim *as well as* the original 
  bibligraphic record. 
> === Existing Work (optional) ===
> This section is used to refer to existing technologies or approaches
> which achieve the use case (Hint: Specific approaches in the library
> domain). It may especially refer to running prototypes or applications.

  A piece related work in the library domain are name authority
  files. Such files are usually maintained by a third person. In
  AuthorClaim, the author maintains the profile. 

> === Related Vocabularies (optional) ===
> Here you can list and clarify the use of vocabularies (element sets and
> value vocabularies) which can be helpful and applied within this context.
> === Problems and Limitations (optional) ===
> This section lists reasons why this scenario is or may be difficult to
> achieve, including pre-requisites which may not be met, technological
> obstacles etc. Please explicitly list here the technical challenges made
> apparent by this use case. This will aid in creating a roadmap to
> overcome those challenges.

  There is no good free source for metadata about academic articles.
  One can compile a dataset from sources, but then there is the issue
  of duplication. 

  The main challenge for the system at this time it to build applications
  that will use the profiles. 
> === Related Use Cases and Unanticipated Uses (optional) ===
> The scenario above describes a particular case of using linked data.
> However, by allowing this scenario to take place, the likely solution
> allows for other use cases. This section captures unanticipated uses of
> the same system apparent in the use case scenario.
> === References (optional) ===
> This section is used to refer to cited literature and quoted websites. is the main site. has the profiles for download is the contributor of institutional affiliations data. has information about some of the dataset used in AuthorClaim has information about the software used has a very similar system using document
  data from the RePEc digital library.


  Thomas Krichel          
                                               skype: thomaskrichel

Received on Wednesday, 8 September 2010 12:05:34 UTC