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Linked Periodical Data

I’ve had an idea for awhile that it’d be a really useful thing to have metadata about periodicals (journals, newspapers, etc.) available as linked data. After some informal chats about this with some people at Talis (and Ed Summers), Chris Clarke decided to throw out a somewhat more concrete idea for wider input.

The most important initial step is to find sources of good, clean data that can be issued under an open data license. If you have any ideas or would like to help, please followup on the Bibliographic Ontology Specification Group.

2 Comments

  1. Tom Pasley says:

    Bruce,

    Great idea - are you talking to: - http://usin.org/ - the LibLime people about https://biblios.net/ ?

    Tom

  2. darcusb says:

    @Tom: no.

    I hadn’t heard about the first, but the three or so examples links I tried from their site all failed. I really don’t like the idea of these resolvers, but that question is largely orthogonal to encoding the data as RDF and serving it up. In theory, one could encode these sorts of things as properties of those descriptions. I believe some of the people at Talis are interested in this sort of thing.

    On the other example, I’d seen that earlier, but that seems clearly aimed at library people (which I’m not); IIRC it’s all focused on encoding MARC records (which I’m not interested in).