Bibliographic Information Organization in the Semantic Web

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9781843347316
eBook ISBN: 9781780633978
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 31st October 2013
Page Count: 350
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New technologies will underpin the future generation of library catalogues. To facilitate their role providing information, serving users, and fulfilling their mission as cultural heritage and memory institutions, libraries must take a technological leap; their standards and services must be transformed to those of the Semantic Web. Bibliographic Information Organization in the Semantic Web explores the technologies that may power future library catalogues, and argues the necessity of such a leap. The text introduces international bibliographic standards and models, and fundamental concepts in their representation in the context of the Semantic Web. Subsequent chapters cover bibliographic information organization, linked open data, methodologies for publishing library metadata, discussion of the wider environment (museum, archival and publishing communities) and users, followed by a conclusion.

Key Features

  • The product of over thirty years’ experience and in-depth understanding of bibliographic metadata
  • Takes both a bottom up and top down approach: from basic standards and case studies to Semantic Web tools and services; and from abstract models and generic guidelines to applications
  • Tells an insiders’ story of the experience developing tools for the transition of library systems, metadata, and its utility, into the new milieu


Practitioners and students in Library and Information Science

Table of Contents

  • List of figures and tables
  • List of abbreviations
  • Introduction: Why we have to look to the Semantic Web for a new technological environment
  • About the authors
  • Chapter 1: Bibliographic information organization: a view from now into the past
    • Abstract:
    • Introduction
    • Universal Bibliographic Control – the traditional view
    • UBC at international level
    • FR family of conceptual models and application to catalogues
    • Objectives of the catalogue and user tasks
    • The object of bibliographic description: ISBD, FRBR, and RDA/ONIX
    • MAchine Readable Cataloguing: from ISO 2709 through XML
    • Principles and rules: 1961 to 2009 and beyond

  • Chapter 2: Semantic web and linked open data
    • Abstract:
    • Introduction
    • Once upon a time, before the Internet
    • The Internet
    • World Wide Web
    • Semantic Web
    • Triples
    • URIs
    • Namespaces
    • Graphs
    • Ontologies and application profiles
    • Open World Assumption and AAA principle
    • Provenance
    • Mixing and matching metadata
    • Mapping, alignment and harmonization
    • Linked data, open linked data and the linked data cloud

  • Chapter 3: Publishing bibliographic element sets and value vocabularies
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Bibliographic metadata as content
    • Bibliographic standards and models in the Semantic Web
    • Liaising with others
    • Representing current standards in RDF
    • Vocabulary management infrastructure
    • Multilingual environment

  • Chapter 4: Publishing datasets as linked open data
    • Abstract:
    • Introduction
    • Creating linked triples from local data
    • Building links
    • Constrained and unconstrained elements
    • Bibliographic app


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"...introduces a complex subject in an accessible format by focusing on one specific area and emphasising its continuity with traditional bibliographic practices...The insights provided...are both valuable and interesting."--Online Information Review,Vol 38, No. 6, 2014