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Re: OCLC and Linked Data

From: Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2012 08:00:10 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <1340636410.42244.YahooMailNeo@web112603.mail.gq1.yahoo.com>
To: Joseph Montibello <Joseph.Montibello@dartmouth.edu>, "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
I find it interesting, but with a big caveat ...

A Library is a broker of bibliographic information.  The web, and Linked Data brokers a great deal of terminology and some bibliography.  Schema.org, probably predictably, and not necessarily with malice describes Organizations as generic on top, with the potential to deliver both terminology and bibliography.  In this scheme, a Library is a specialized Organization, and like all the Organization Types points to people rather than generalized, non-transferable, enclosure proof Intellectual Property assets.

If the model does terminology and will include bibliography "at some later date" then The Commons is left with no vocabulary to describe itself.  There is no Private Language of Librarians (Library-Centric Method) because, as Librarians will tell you, there is no such thing as a "Private Language"[1].  Money and Privacy are private metrics, not a private languages.


[1] http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh85107036.html

 From: Joseph Montibello <Joseph.Montibello@dartmouth.edu>
To: "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org> 
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2012 8:58 AM
Subject: OCLC and Linked Data
Hi all,

I don't know if this has made the rounds, or if it's significant to people
here, but I'm interested to see if this generates any comment.


This is a blog post about OCLC (library-centered non-profit organization)
releasing linked data for "hundreds of millions of bibliographic items."

Take care,

Joe Montibello, MLIS
Library Systems Manager
Dartmouth College Library
Received on Monday, 25 June 2012 15:00:50 UTC

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