On 11/27/12 9:51 AM, Stephen Hearn wrote:
> The id.loc.gov version of the T.C. Boyle authority has a link to the
> VIAF cluster, which in turn includes a link to the Wikipedia article.
> Assuming there's RDF available at each of these steps, are links not
> enough? Couldn't a program with the Boyle authority's LCCN link to the
> Wikipedia article or collect linked data from DBpedia?
> My hope has been that we're moving to an environment where providing
> links (often a human task) will be enough to flesh out the data
> available to users of one's system with data from other systems.
> Karen, are you asking for richer records, or programs which will
> automatically enrich records?
Linking is not an end in itself. The links are the raw connectors that
allow you to create new and interesting stuff. So I see people using
linked data to create new services. In some cases that may mean pulling
in data on the fly, but if you want to do indexing or other data
manipulation then you may be enriching your database with data that you
have found through links.
So I guess I'm saying that links are not enough, it's what you do with
linked data that is going to serve users better.
> On Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 11:02 AM, Tom Emerson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> On Nov 27, 2012, at 11:46 AM, Karen Coyle wrote:
>>> However, and partially in response to John Myers' post, there is a difference between library authorities, which is a mechanism to control name forms (as identifiers), and full-blown entities that represent all information about the entity. I was hoping/assuming that our future model would be, as John says, a set of interacting entities, and that would mean greatly expanding beyond the minimalist authority data we have to something much fuller. To give an example, compare this authority record for T.C. Boyle:
>>> with his Wikipedia entry:
>>> The latter is actually a small Wikipedia page compared to many others, but it still provides much more information that may be useful to readers than what the authority record provides. The authority record was always intended to be a "back room" entity. I'm hoping that what replaces it has more information that is helpful to information seekers. "Lightweight abstraction layer" doesn't read like that to me.
>> The DBPedia resource for T.C. Boyle has most (all?) of the WIkipedia data in RDF:
>> One can imagine using the owl:sameAs relation to link other authorities like this.
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