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The semantic web as the library of the future

Caltech librarians' colloquium presentation, 28 April 2011.
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Teague Allen

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The semantic web as the library of the future
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“[A]n assemblage of formats, publications, procedures, people, standards, systems, equipment, etc., that has evolved over the years stimulating the development of library automation and information networks…nationally and internationally.”
Wikipedia, Andrew Dunn, (CC BY-SA 2.0)
"the Assassination of Marcus Whitman": from Marcus Whitman M.D.: Pioneer and Martyr by Clifford Merrill Drury, 1937
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Vintage librarians by Musgo_Dumio_Momio (ballaratvintagestyle.blogspot.com/2010/01/librarian-chic
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I have a dream for the Web [in which computers] become capable of analyzing all the data on the Web – the content, links, and transactions between people and computers. A ‘Semantic Web’, which should make this possible, has yet to emerge, but when it does, the day-to-day mechanisms of trade, bureaucracy and our daily lives will be handled by machines talking to machines. The ‘intelligent agents’ people have touted for ages will finally materialize.

– Tim Berners-Lee, 1999, in Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web by Its Inventor (9780062515865)
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Linking Open Data cloud diagram, by Richard Cyganiak and Anja Jentzsch. http://lod-cloud.net/
Resource Description Framework RDF is:
a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) specification
both a data model and an XML language
Structured as a "triple" roughly analogous to a natural language sentence, with a "subject", a "predicate", and an "object"
The circulatory system of the currently favored version of the semantic web
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Usage in libraries and information intensive fields:
Creative Commons -- carries licensing information
Music Brainz-- info provider for music applications
DBpedia -- non-profit "fact distributor".
VIAF -- Virtual International Authority File.
Further resources:
Tim Berners-Lee, “Semantic Web roadmap”, October 14, 1998,http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/Semantic
[Karen Coyle] futurelib. (n.d.). . Wiki, . Retrieved April 28, 2011, from http://futurelib.pbworks.com/w/page/13686657/FrontPage
Diane Hillman et al., “RDA Vocabularies: Process, Outcome, Use,” D-Lib Magazine, February 2010, http://dlib.org/dlib/january10/hillmann/01hillmann.html.
Kate Ray, web 3.0, n.d., http://kateray.net/film.
Joshua Tauberer, “What Is RDF,” XML.com, n.d., http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2001/01/24/rdf.html.
W3C, “RDF Primer”, n.d., http://www.w3.org/TR/rdf-primer/.
Yee, M. (n.d.). Cataloging rules and RDF model by Martha M. Yee. Retrieved April 28, 2011, from http://myee.bol.ucla.edu/catrul&rdfIntro.htm
RDF holds real promise for libraries in providing a framework for replacing MARC coding with linked data using RDA as a transition vehicle.
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Yee Cataloging Rules Schema (YCRschema) : an RDF Model [excerpt]
Class: Title-Manifestation
URI:
http://myee.bol.ucla.edu/ycrschema#Title-manifestation
Label:
title-manifestation
Disjoint with:
ycrschema#Work, ycrschema#Expression, ycrschema#SerialTitle, ycrschema#Manifestation and ycrschema#Item
Subclass of:
rdf-schema#Resource
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