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Call for Use Cases: Social Uses and Other New Uses of Library Linked Data

Posted by Brian Kelly on 21 January 2011

The W3C’s Library Linked Data Incubator Group has issued a “Call for Use Cases: Social uses and other new uses of Library Linked Data“. The call begins:

Do you use library-related data — like reading lists, library materials (articles, books, videos, cultural heritage or archival materials, etc), bookmarks, or annotations — on the Web and mobile Web?

Are you currently using social features in library-related information systems or sites, or plan to do so in the near future? We are particularly interested in uses that are related to or could benefit from the use of linked data.

The W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group is soliciting SOCIAL and EMERGENT use cases for library-related linked data:

  • What new or innovative uses do you see (or envision) integrating library and cultural heritage data into applications on the Web and in social media?
  • How are social features used in library-related information systems?
  • What are the emergent uses of library-related data on the Web and mobile Web?

How could linked data technology [1]:

  • enhance the use of library-related data in a social context?
  • contribute to systems for sharing, filtering, recommending, or machine reading?
  • support new uses we may not have envisioned or achieved yet?

Some examples have been discussed in this thread [4].

Please tell us more by filling in the questionnaire below and sending it back to us or to public-lld@w3.org, preferably before February 15th, 2011 (note the original email incorrectly had 2010).

The information you provide will be influential in guiding the activities the Library Linked Data Incubator Group will undertake to help increase global interoperability of library data on the Web. The information you provide will be curated and published on the group wikispace at [3].

We understand that your time is precious, so please don’t feel you have to answer every question. Some sections of the templates are clearly marked as optional. However, the more information you can provide, the easier it will be for the Incubator Group to understand your case. And, of course, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any trouble answering our questions.

Editorial guidance on specific points is provided at [2], and examples are available at [3].

The message then goes on to provide the template for the use cases.

I would think that there be a range of relevant examples of such use cases based on institutional developments and  JISC-funded project and service developments. It would be very useful, I feel, if the UK higher education sector were to contribute to this call as this can help to ensure that W3C’s Linked Data work will be informed by the experiences and requires of our sector.  I should add that I have come across examples of standardisation activities in the past which have reflected US approaches and which do are not easily implemented for UK working practices.

If you are involved in such Library-related Linked Data activities I would encourage you to read the original requests and respond accordingly.  Feel free to leave a comment here if you have contributed a use case.

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