Hi Vladimir,

maybe I can clarify some points:

I can not speak for Bibframe, but publishing catalogs as Linked Data is not the primary purpose of Bibframe, this has started much earlier. "Linked Data" is coined as a term for an "easy path" towards Tim Berners-Lee's vision of a Semantic Web that can be understood as an improved version of the World Wide Web of today (a giant global graph with database features)

Bibframe embraces some building blocks of the Semantic Web, the main purpose is to leave all the MARC limitations behind. In the first phase, no dependencies to W3C recommendations or other third party vocabularies should be created inside of Bibframe. The use of W3C recommendations might happen by the community that uses Bibframe, or later by establishing best practice efforts, as far as I understand.

The building blocks like RDF allow catalog data (or better: catalog entities) to be part of the Semantic Web. There will be no more need to "publish" catalogs then, because just exporting library catalog data  or exposing them to the web will enable everyone who uses the Semantic Web (by consuming Linked Data) to also use library catalog data too. With MARC, this is obviously not possible.

Personally, I expect rare to no support from web search engine vendors for providing high quality library data. Indexing them into commercial search engines may be an attractive goal for some situations, but it is only a (nice) side effect of a greater project, the opening of library catalogs to the World Wide Web. The web search industry maintains very own strategic projects like schema.org. So if a library decides to give data to a search engine vendor, they could use schema.org to express "popular meanings" of entities in a library catalog to those who use the products of the search engine vendors. For example, people searching the web for a "book". There are efforts how to make use of Bibframe for schema.org vocabulary so this task must not be repeated by each library again and again.


On Thu, May 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM, Vladimir Skvortsov <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Dear colleagues,
Let me ask a na&#239;ve question. What is the purpose of publishing library
catalogues as Linked Data?
Most often answer I met: the purpose is to make library catalogues
accessible to Internet search engines like Google, Yandex, Yahoo, Bing etc.
But, first, in fact it could be achieved without RDF and Linked Data as
well, and second, there is a doubt that new library namespaces, as they are
presented, approach library catalogues to that purpose.
Actually for search engines (and browsers) to understand and interpret new
terms correctly, strong formal relationships should be established between
terms from library namespaces and standard ones, i. e. terms accepted as
standard by W3C and main search engine and browser creators.   Otherwise
library metadata could be understandable only to library-specific software.
That draws us back to isolated catalogues.
If our purpose is different, that is to include library catalogues into
global knowledge system being organized as Linked Data - which seems more
appropriate task -  in this case we also can not achieve our purpose without
establishing relations to standard terms.
Unfortunately I could not find such relations in BIBFRAME vocabularies.
So what is the purpose of BIBFRAME project, as an instance, from this point
of view?
I would greatly appreciate if anyone clarify the situation.