I think there are multiple questions here, all very interesting.  The 
first is simply how to change the platform on which libraries do their 
business from one based in MARC to one based in linked data.  There are 
a couple of very interesting projects going on now to try and help 
develop this new flow for libraries:

1.) BIBFLOW ( a two year project 
from UC Davis "investigating the future of library technical services, 
i.e., cataloging and related workflows, in light of modern technology 
infrastructure such as the Web and new data models and formats such as 
Resource Description and Access (RDA) and BIBFRAME, the new encoding and 
exchange format in development by the Library of Congress. Our 
hypothesis is that, while these new standards and technologies are 
sorely needed to help the library community leverage the benefits and 
efficiencies that the Web has afforded other industries, we cannot adopt 
them in an environment constrained by complex workflows and 
interdependencies on a large ecosystem of data, software and service 
providers that are change resistant and motivated to continue with the 
current library standards (e.g. Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (or 
AACR) and MARC. Research is required on how research libraries should 
adapt our practices, workflows, software systems and partnerships to 
support our evolution to new standards and technologies"

2.) Linked Data for Libraries ( 
a project between Cornell, Harvard and Stanford to " create a Scholarly 
Resource Semantic Information Store (SRSIS) model that works both within 
individual institutions and through a coordinated, extensible network of 
Linked Open Data <> to capture the intellectual 
value that librarians and other domain experts and scholars add to 
information resources when they describe, annotate, organize, select, 
and use those resources, together with the social value evident from 
patterns of usage."

The second question will be once we have moved our processing to linked 
data and make our information routinely available, how will our data 
compare/integrate with other data on the Semantic Web. To me, we have 
two obligations.  The first is to be able to answer the needs of our 
patrons as articulated through legitimate use-case studies.  Our model 
must be articulate enough for them to derive these answers.  The second 
is to work with a model based in RDF so that it can be integrated with 
other web resources.  The strength of the web is that it can support 
multiple models (, BIBFRAME, etc.) to support different users' 
needs and yet have them all be able to integrate with each other at some 
level.  Those that need more complex data can interpret what libraries 
have done through well articulated models and vocabularies, those that 
want to use it in a much more simplistic way can automatically map it to 
a more simplistic model.

To me, the third question is the most interesting.  We need to stop 
thinking in terms of only bringing metadata about traditional library 
resources to the web.  This has been done for a while. But now, how can 
we think about using linked data as a platform to bring the entire 
academic discourse, not just its resources, to the web?  Research 
institutions have so much more to offer than simply the items in their 
catalogs.  By bringing this discussion to the web, we both greatly 
enhance the abilities of our institutions to do their work but also 
enrich the web with data at the cutting edge of many disciplines that 
has been unavailable until now.


Philip E. Schreur
Head, Metadata Department
Stanford University
650-725-1120 (fax)

On 5/26/14 2:54 AM, Vladimir Skvortsov wrote:
> Thank you very much you found a time to answer my question.
> I have no doubt that search on linked data may be organized perfectly with
> library-specific software like VTLS for example. I also have no doubt that
> library-specific software will keep its importance in Semantic Web
> environment as well. The question is how will library segment of Linked Data
> space look like from the standard Semantic Web side?
> Vladimir Skvortsov,
> National Library of Russia