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The Danish National Bibliography as LOD


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A presentation by Susanne Thorbord, Bibliographic Consultant at the Danish Bibliographic Centre (DBC).

Delivered at the Cataloguing and Indexing Group Scotland (CIGS) Linked Open Data (LOD) Conference which took place Fri 21 September 2012 at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

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The Danish National Bibliography as LOD

  1. 1. The Danish NationalBibliography as LOD Presentation for CATALOGUING & INDEXING GROUP IN SCOTLAND 2nd Linked Open Data Conference 21st September 2012 Susanne Thorborg, Bibliographic consultant, DBC- Danish Bibliographic Centre
  2. 2. • DBC is a public limited company owned by the by Local Government Denmark and the state• DBC produces the maily parts of The Danish National Bibliography (books, articles, audio, recorded music, images and movies) – the rest is produced by The Royal Library.• DBC’s part of the national bibliography is produced according to a contract between the The Ministry of Culture and DBC
  3. 3. DBC also …• operates and develops DanBib – the Danish Union Catalogue and superstructure system for the entire Danish library service• operates and develops - the citizens’ OPAC to the Union Catalogue
  4. 4. Why do DBC take an interest in LOD?Because bibliographic development is a strategic goal for DBC LOD has great perspectives for the library community
  5. 5. DBCs LOD projectThe projects aim Learning more about Linked Open Data – in particular in the libraries Getting practical experiences with publishing bibliographic data as LOD
  6. 6. The approach Learning by doing Complete appplication - but in a small scale Technical platform and tools "whatever means available" Reuse and test others experiences – not reinventing the wheel Agile process (Pragmatism rather than "100%" )
  7. 7. The preliminaries – some questions Which licence? How to go from MARC to RDF? (the data model) Reuse of relevant vocabularies and element sets – which to choose? Serialization – what are we going to choose? Converting – how, and with which tools? Dereferenceable URIs – how? Bridging and mapping – how do we find the "good" links? How to publish our own data? Which technical platform?
  8. 8. What we have done – the challenges The data The data model Converting data from danMARC2 to RDF Making outgoing links Dereferenceable URIs Publishing – Choice of licence – Basic RDF/XML on DBCsite – Load in triplestore (Mulgara) – Set up SPARQL interface
  9. 9. The data Bibliographic records: – National bibliography, books 2010- (Aprox. 47.000 records) Authority records (names of persons): – Corresponding authority records (Aprox. 27.000 records) NB! Test records!
  10. 10. The data model Design a simpel RDF-data model for "books" Choose suitable element sets - and vocabularies We looked at BL – but we could also have used Open metadata registry
  11. 11. The data model version 2.0
  12. 12. Converting data from danMARC2 to RDF Mapping danMARC2 to RDF Converting tools
  13. 13. Publishing Choice of licence Basic testfiles (RDF/XML and turtle) on besides general information about the project Link to Mulgara triplestore on Default SPARQL interface
  14. 14. What we havent completed yet Outgoing links – Choosing suitable dataset • Viaf • DBpedia – Tools for establishing links to other datasets wanted! Dereferenceable URIs Output from triple store in various formats
  15. 15. Whats next? Make URIs derefenceable Outgoing links, outgoing links and outgoing links! Expand the data model Refining conversion to RDF Automation of processes Find another tripple-store Share data on the Data Hub … still a long way to go
  16. 16. Some lessons learnedits a huge landscape and its very easyto get lost Therefore  there is a great need for guidelines and recommendations for best practice  stable and solid tools for linking between datasets are wanted
  17. 17. we also learned…. to appreciate other peoples results and experiences to break with our "100% syndrome"
  18. 18. Thank you for your attention!Contact: Susanne Thorborg – mail: