There are a number of different ways in which our data is in a silo, compared to other data on the Web. It exists in our catalogs, which are not always accessible. It exists in MARC format, which is used by no one else.
But I think that one of the major ways in which our information is in a silo of its own is because we insist on thinking about bibliographic records instead of bibliographic data.
The elements of author, title, etc., only really have meaning in the context of the record.
MARC format, our encoding standard, is set up to exchange records, not data.
What is Linked Data, and What Does It Mean for Libraries? Emily Dust Nimsakont NLA/NEMA Conference October 15, 2010 Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mklingo/245562110/
What is Linked Data, and What Does It Mean for Libraries? Emily Dust Nimsakont NLA/NEMA Conference October 15, 2010 Could Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mklingo/245562110/
This is an overview… Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/magnusvk/4090803400/