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

Ian Ibbotson ian.ibbotson at k-int.com
Mon Feb 3 19:12:31 UTC 2014

(apologies if I'm just re-posting info already seen)

I think @azaroth42 [twitter] might be a good man to ask for details on
this.. Some responses to the "and we're off" posting, asking about license
etc here:

..Yes, we are aiming at public domain. The following is from page 3 of the

"While Linked Data can be used internally within an institution or across a
collaborative group, it becomes much more valuable when it is Linked Open
Data, and is publicly shared using an open license such as the Creative
Commons CC-BY[1] or CC0[2] licenses, or the United Kingdom's Open
Government License[3]. For our Linked Data for Libraries project, our
intention is that all SRSIS instances will share Linked Open Data with the

Dean Krafft adds: Since we're publishing our own metadata, and we don't
actually have a lot of metadata for journal articles, there won't be a lot
of that in the mix. But what we do have should definitely be open.

Ian Ibbotson
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On 3 February 2014 19:07, Tom Morris <tfmorris at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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:
> https://www.freebase.com/authority/stanford/control?links&lang=en&sort=timestamp
> 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:
>     https://www.freebase.com/m/075ngj1
>     https://www.freebase.com/m/0c60n0m
> are linked both their original catalog entries and to this work:
>     https://www.freebase.com/m/075nhtg
> 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 ISFDB <http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?1933>.  (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.
> Tom
> 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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