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Frankfurt am Main/Cologne, November 2010: culturegraph.org - Basical infrastructure for memory institutions in the Semantic Web

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A joint statement by the German National Library (DNB) and the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz).

The German National Library (DNB) and the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz) announce the launch of culturegraph.org. This service aims at facilitating the publication of memory institutions’ data as Linked Data.

The migration of data into a web-compatible form in the context of Linked Open Data projects has of late also reached the German library world. The DNB and the hbz have released authority files and bibliographic data as Linked Data and also the German National Library of Economics (ZBW) and the Mannheim University Library have published Linked Data. It is assumed that other institutions will follow suit. However, it has been left unclear how bibliographic data from different institutions will be connected in order to have truly Linked Data and not only different data collections existing side by side in the Semantic Web. DNB and hbz thus have recently started a service which in the future shall facilitate the linking of data from different catalogues. Culturegraph.org ultimately will contribute to maximizing the visibility of memory institutions and their collections in the World Wide Web and to build a basis for the mutual enrichment of data and the development of new services.

Publication of Linked Data does by its nature happen decentrally. This leads – not only in the bibliographic data sphere – to a proliferation of already manyfold identifiers and descriptions for one and the same resource. DNB and hbz want to approach this proliferation of identifiers and descriptions by developing a cooperative idenfication system. The use of common, global identifiers provides an optimal precondition for connecting memory institutions’ distributed information sources. The DNB’s and hbz’s common efforts are in an initial phase aimed at minting central URIs for bibliographic resources with which other identifiers (e.g. ISBNs or local identifiers) shall be linked. On this basis, analogue to the service sameas.org identifiers for identical and similar resources will be bundled.

Characteristics of culturegraph.org:

  • Linked Data Standards: Adherence to Linked Data principles by using open standards and technologies maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). URIs are used to identify resources, RDF is used to describe them and resource descriptions and representations are transferred using HTTP.
  • Open Data Standards: All data will be provided under an open license.
  • Tools to support individualization, disambiguation and duplication detection of cultural works and their descriptions.

URL: http://www.culturegraph.org/


For further questions please contact

Hochschulbibliothekszentrum
des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
E-Mail: semweb@hbz-nrw.de

Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
Jürgen Kett
E-Mail: j.kett@d-nb.de

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