Hi Eric,

I don't speak for SNAC, but I believe there is every intention of creating stable URIs for the millions of entities that are eventually put into production at some point in the future.

I image there are a significant number of stylesheets for creating HTML from EAC-CPF.  One thing to bear in mind in thinking about EAC-CPF is that it is, or can be, linked data.  You can use XLink attributes throughout the document to link to other resources online.  It isn't "Linked Data" in the way that we usually conceive: as RDF.  But it certainly can be serialized into RDF proper.  Aaron Rubinstein has done some work with RDFa in HTML representations of EAC records.  I've also written some fairly rudimentary EAC-to-RDF/XML stylesheets as part of xEAC.  xEAC is an open source EAC-CPF creation, publication, and management system (https://github.com/ewg118/xEAC).  You can take a look in the repo for some example XSLT.  All records are available at stable URIs, and RDF/XML can be derived by appending '.rdf' on the record URI.  For example: http://admin.numismatics.org/xeac/id/alexander_the_great and http://admin.numismatics.org/xeac/id/alexander_the_great.rdf

Through Xlink attributes, you can use relationship ontologies to relate one entity to another in the EAC record.  This ontology can then inform the RDF generation process.  This is detailed here: http://eaditor.blogspot.com/2013/11/maintaining-relationships-in-eac-cpf.html

I have had my eye on the LiAM Guidebook, and will implement any recommendations for representing entities as linked data in xEAC.


On Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 11:13 AM, Eric Lease Morgan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I am interested in these EAC-CPF files because they can pertain to a guidebook I’m writing — Linked Archival Metadata: A Guidebook. [1, 2]

The purpose of the Guidebook is to provide an overview of linked data and instructions for making it happen in archives. If there were a critical mass of EAC-CPF files, and if these files were to have (actionable) URIs, then the EAC-CPF URIs could be included in archival descriptions and made accessible via linked data. Thus helping make the vision of the Semantic Web more of a reality for archival descriptions.

Alternatively, EAC-CPF files could be made directly available as linked data. Has anybody written applications / stylesheets transforming EAC-CPF into serialized RDF? What about EAC-CPF into HTML?

[1] Guidebook - http://sites.tufts.edu/liam/
[2] GitHub source - https://github.com/liamproject/

Eric Morgan