[openbiblio-dev] Feedback on my BibJSON record

Mark MacGillivray mark at cottagelabs.com
Sat Feb 23 15:01:39 UTC 2013

In answer to a number of queries over the recent few emails:

The bibjson.org site is a list of the examples we have seen in use to date.
If we gain consensus on a particular usage, we can add it to the list. For
example, I am currently using "citation":[{...}] on another project, so
would probably soon suggest we add that to the bibjson.org page.

As regards dc:creator, the initial approach of bibjson growing from bibtex
promotes that we use "author":[{...}] lists, and similarly "editor":[{...}]

For author name strings, following again from the bibtex examples bibjson
came from, the author.name field is expected to be of the form
"MacGillivray Mark" as most people tend to search by last name first so it
is easily supported. There are also examples of the use of specific
firstname and lastname keys in addition to or instead of the full "name"

For JSON-LD, all the linked data requirements that came up were answerable
by the use of JSON-LD and bibjson combined, so we stated that on the web
page. We did not provide any further example because there were no such
examples at the time. If there are some now, we could add them.

Similarly, there is no schema for bibjson because there were no examples of
anyone using one at the time.

The reason there are no examples of how to do things that had not been done
is - at least from my personal perspective - that there is little point
over-complicating things with examples of how to do stuff that people may
never actually do in practice. I personally have not yet been presented
with a use case that required me either to have a JSON-LD representation or
a schema, so I did not waste time creating things I did not need.

However, that said, where anyone does have examples of usage of such
things, and therefore can provide such examples along with a description of
the use cases they support, we should add them to the bibjson.org page. If
anyone needs to create a schema, we could put that up too.


On Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 8:16 AM, Sylvain Hellegouarch <
sylvain.hellegouarch at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Tom,
> 2013/2/23 Tom Johnson <johnson.tom at gmail.com>
>> If you are starting from BibJSON, JSON-LD "support" is as simple as
>> creating a context document mapping tokens to the desired URIs. What the
>> context document looks like depends mostly on which vocabularies/terms you
>> want in your graph. I'm guessing this is the reason it was decided not to
>> include an example in the documentation.
>> I did some work on JSON-LD and BibJSON, published in the most recent
>> Code4Lib Journal. http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/7949
>>  Is there is interest in an example context document and some guidance
>> documentation?
>> Sylvian: do you have a use case for the linked data?
> As of now, it's neither a requirement nor a priority so I'm happy enough
> concentrating already on having clean standalone BibJSON records.
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