"Most of the time I'm not sure what I am supposed to be doing so I just
make a solution that works"
BINGO. That describes me, and likely others, to a "T".
On Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 8:55 AM, Michael Beccaria <[log in to unmask]>
> I'm a one man shop and sometimes go to these conferences where many of you
> brilliant people are making these brilliant solutions making these
> ubiquitous black box data services that talk to one another using a
> standardized query language and I felt inspired and thought maybe I have
> been doing patch work on a job that really ought to be done a better way.
> I'm all about the bubble gum and duct tape stuff but I was at a point where
> it would have been a good time to migrate to something a little more
> robust. I'm getting the impression that for the size of the projects I'm
> working on linked data and other similar solutions are very much overkill.
> I'll have a PHP script output some custom xml that can be ingested on the
> other end and call it a day. Done :-)
> This is also, at least for me, a challenge I have with being a
> wear-a-lot-of-hats-and-sometimes-write-code person at a small institution.
> Most of the time I'm not sure what I am supposed to be doing so I just make
> a solution that works without having others to bounce ideas off of. Thanks
> for the support.
> Mike Beccaria
> Systems Librarian
> Head of Digital Initiative
> Paul Smith's College
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> Riley-Huff, Debra
> Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2014 11:52 PM
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> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Creating a Linked Data Service
> I agree with Roy. Seems like something that could be easily handled with
> PHP or Python scripts. Someone on the list may even have a homegrown
> solution (improved duct tape) they would be happy to share. I fail to see
> what the project has to do with linked data or why you would go that route.
> Debra Riley-Huff
> Head of Web Services & Associate Professor JD Williams Library University
> of Mississippi University, MS 38677
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> On Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 9:33 PM, Roy Tennant <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > I'm puzzled about why you want to use linked data for this. At first
> > glance the requirement simply seems to be to fetch data from your ILS
> > server, which likely could be sent in any number of simple packages
> > that don't require an RDF wrapper. If you are the only one consuming
> > this data then you can use whatever (simplistic, proprietary) format
> > you want. I just don't see what benefits you would get by creating
> > "linked data" in this case that you wouldn't get by doing something
> > much more straightforward and simple. And don't be harshing on duct
> > tape. Duct tape is a perfectly fine solution for many problems.
> > Roy
> > On Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 2:45 PM, Michael Beccaria
> > <[log in to unmask]
> > >
> > wrote:
> > > I have recently had the opportunity to create a new library web page
> > > and host it on my own servers. One of the elements of the new page
> > > that I
> > want
> > > to improve upon is providing live or near live information on
> > > technology availability (10 of 12 laptops available, etc.). That
> > > data resides on my ILS server and I thought it might be a good time
> > > to upgrade the bubble
> > gum
> > > and duct tape solution I now have to creating a real linked data
> > > service that would provide that availability information to the web
> > >
> > > The problem is there is a lot of overly complex and complicated
> > > information out there onlinked data and RDF and the semantic web
> > > etc. and I'm looking for a simple guide to creating a very simple
> > > linked data service with php or python or whatever. Does such a
> > > resource exist? Any advice on where to start?
> > > Thanks,
> > >
> > > Mike Beccaria
> > > Systems Librarian
> > > Head of Digital Initiative
> > > Paul Smith's College
> > > 518.327.6376
> > > [log in to unmask]
> > > Become a friend of Paul Smith's Library on Facebook today!
> > >