On Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 9:09 AM, Tillett, Barbara <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> LCNAF (Names) is not a thesaurus, so not especially SKOS-compatible. Our Name authority data is available freely on
> the Web through VIAF (see viaf.org) as MARC 21, UNIMARC, RDF XML - and now includes both personal and corporate
> names and soon will add the uniform titles from over 18 contributing institutions worldwide
There is nothing that technically prevents non-SKOS data from being
delivered at id.loc.gov. But I guess there are political
I understand that individual records are available from VIAF, and that
there is a search API. But the records are not meaningfully usable to
people who want to use the data in their own applications, since bulk
access and synchronization mechanisms are not available.
I agree with Ross that licensing information is absolutely crucial to
data use. It would be a major step forward if VIAF could do this. But
perhaps it's easier for LC to assert the public domain license as it
has done w/ LCSH at id.loc.gov?
I think it's important to recognize that VIAF participation hasn't
stopped the national libraries of Sweden, Germany and Hungary from
also publishing their name authorities as Linked Data. Martin Malmsten
and I spent quite a bit of time talking about linked data
synchronization issues this weekend at the DCMI and W3C Library Linked
We definitely need data hubs like VIAF...but we need the spokes too.