[open-bibliography] Linked Data for Libraries (LD4L) project

Tom Morris tfmorris at gmail.com
Mon Feb 3 19:07:10 UTC 2014

Thanks Adrian.  Does anyone have any information on what they're actually
doing?  Is this going to result in yet another mega dump of
unreconciled/unlinked bibliographic RDF data or are they actually going to
make an attempting at linking things in a useful fashion?

Stanford was actually involved in a linked data experiment back in 2010
when a good chunk of their catalog was loaded into Freebase and matched up
with Freebase topics.  You can see a list of the book editions here:
If you look at an edition, you'll see that they're each linked back to the
Stanford OPAC system. For example, these two editions:
are linked both their original catalog entries and to this work:
and the topic for the author Donn Byrne
<https://www.freebase.com/m/02x79g1> which
is further linked to Wikipedia, OpenLibrary, VIAF, IMDB, and LC NAF.

That's all a long-winded way of saying that Stanford University Library has
a pretty good start on producing Linked Data today.

Cornell has some linked data for their OPAC too, although I don't think its
as extensive as the Stanford data.  I think it's mostly derived from the
metadata associated with Google Books scans.  If you look at this
edition<https://www.freebase.com/m/04w0sxn> of
Flatland <https://www.freebase.com/m/0j_mj> you can see that it's linked to
both Cornell's OPAC as well as the LC and OpenLibrary records for that
edition, while the work entry is linked to Wikipedia and
 (It should be linked to the OpenLibrary work page too, but OpenLibrary
didn't yet have works when the original Freebase linking was done, so
that's a gap in the linkage.


On Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM, Adrian Pohl <adrian.pohl at okfn.org> wrote:

> The Mellon-funded Linked Data for Libraries (LD4L) project at Cornell,
> Harvard and Stanford might bring things forward regarding the
> availability of open bibliographic data on the web. See the recent
> blog post on the project by David Weinberger.[1]
> In the December announcement[2] of the project from Harvard it reads:
> "Ultimately, the goal of the project is to create a system that pulls
> information out of its existing silos—like library catalogs, finding
> aids, reading lists and more—into a common format that people can use
> to  find and understand information. This new system would apply to
> all scholarly and creative disciplines, including the sciences, the
> arts and  the humanities."
> The question is whether the project's goal is linked _open_ data, i.e.
> publishing large amounts of bibliographic data for journal articles
> etc. under an open license. Or whether the goal is to have the data on
> the web as linked data but without open licensing...
> Can anybody on this list provide some more information on this project
> regarding openbiblio data?
> - Adrian
> [1]
> http://www.hyperorg.com/blogger/2014/02/01/linked-data-for-libraries-and-were-off/
> [2]
> http://library.harvard.edu/12162013-1308/harvard-cornell-stanford-libraries-project-receives-grant
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