Lukas, I just wanted to reply that I do think your post points out  
some very important considerations about library data on the web. It  
may, however, be too far advanced of most of today's thinking to get  
much discussion. The key question that you address is how we will get  
library *holdings* data integrated into the semantic web. Without  
that, masses of bibliographic data in linked data format do not make  
libraries visible.

I agree with you that this is actually a more vital question than the  
transformation of library bibliographic data into RDF. And I agree  
that what libraries have to offer *uniquely* is the link to their  
services, not a mass of bibliographic data, much of which will be  
redundant with data already provided by Amazon, Google, and others.

I wonder if there wouldn't be more uptake for this idea in communities  
whose focus is less on bibliographic data and more on the semantic web  
itself. I'm thinking of the W3C LLD group in particular. It is  
probably the case that the bibframe activity will be primarily  
occupied with defining bibliographic data and how that data works  
within library systems, and may not have time to focus on integrating  
holdings with existing bibliographic data on the web.


Quoting Lukas Koster <[log in to unmask]>:

> I blogged some thoughts on the position of library data in the  
> global bibliographic framework based on an extension of FRBR:  
> I am curious if you think there is something useful there.
> Lukas Koster
> Library Systems Coordinator
> Library of the University of Amsterdam

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