There was an official news a few days on the publication of the W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group final report. The report is an interesting read even though I am probably not part of the “typical” target readership. After all, the primary goal of this report is really to convince the reader on the interest and importance of combining the activities of libraries with Linked Data… But the key recommendations of the report are worth repeating:
- That library leaders identify sets of data as possible candidates for early exposure as Linked Data and foster a discussion about Open Data and rights;
- That library standards bodies increase library participation in Semantic Web standardization, develop library data standards that are compatible with Linked Data, and disseminate best-practice design patterns tailored to library Linked Data;
- That data and systems designers design enhanced user services based on Linked Data capabilities, create URIs for the items in library datasets, develop policies for managing RDF vocabularies and their URIs, and express library data by re-using or mapping to existing Linked Data vocabularies;
- That librarians and archivists preserve Linked Data element sets and value vocabularies and apply library experience in curation and long-term preservation to Linked Data datasets.
However, what was not absolutely clear from the original announcement is that the official report also has two “companion” documents, namely a Use Case collection, and a list of references to metadata element sets in RDF, to relevant vocabularies, and to published element sets (e.g., the sets of URI-s, set up by the US Library of Congress, listing all countries in the World). This document, entitled “Datasets, Value Vocabularies, and Metadata Element Sets” is a real, somewhat hidden gem: a possible starting point for practitioners who wants to work with Library Linked Data! Thanks to Antoine Isaac and his friends for collecting these. I wonder how we could get it regularly updated…