September 29, 2016

W3C Group Publishes Final Report on Library Linked Data


The W3C’s Library Linked Data Incubator Group has published its final report as well as two supporting reports.

As reported in LJ previously, the mission of the Library Linked Data Incubator Group was to help increase the global interoperability of library data on the Web by focusing on the potential role of linked data technologies.

From an email by Coralie Mercier to members of the incubator group:

In its final report, the group characterized the current state of library data management, outlined the potential benefits of publishing library data as linked data, and made recommendations for library standards bodies, data and systems designers, librarians and archivists, and library leaders.

The “Use Cases” report describes library applications which showcase the benefits of adopting Semantic Web standards and linked data principles to publish library assets such as bibliographic data, concept schemes, and authority files. The  “Datasets, Value Vocabularies, and Metadata Element Sets”  report provides a snapshot of key resources available for creating library linked data today.

Several working documents of the group have been moved to W3C’s Semantic Web wiki, and discussion will continue on the public-lld mailing list  — both of which are open to participation by all interested members of the public.

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