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I haven't seen a friendly use of SPARQL (or search in general), and  
would love to see one -- especially one that combined library data and  
any other data set (geographic, whatever). It does seem to me that the  
search aspect of SemWeb is still a bit weak. In my imagination, it  
allows me to do the kinds of things I can do with Yahoo Pipes, which  
is to mash-up data from various sources and then do something  
interesting with it. My usual example (heck, my only example) is to  
answer the question: What's the earliest edition of [book title]? A  
simpler one would be: Who wrote [book title]? What I want is to get an  
answer, not a gazillion bibliographic records.

kc
Quoting Roy Tennant <[log in to unmask]>:

> David,
> Could you elaborate a bit? In my mind, the only "semantic web technology" of
> any note is "linked data". How that fits into "library search" is anyone's
> guess, and I'm wondering what, specifically, you're referring to when you
> say that Talis is active in this area.
>
> If you are asking about library linked data, then there are several
> examples, most notably the Library of Congress[1], the Swedish Union
> Catalogue [2], and OCLC[3][4]. I believe that a minimum both the Library of
> Congress and OCLC plan on releasing more linked data sets.
>
> So can you elaborate a bit more on what, exactly, you're seeking? Thanks,
> Roy
>
> [1] http://id.loc.gov/authorities/
> [2] http://article.gmane.org/gmane.culture.libraries.ngc4lib/4617
> [3] http://dewey.info/
> [4] http://outgoing.typepad.com/outgoing/2009/09/viaf-as-linked-data.html
>
>
> On 10/28/09 10/28/09  7:31 PM, "David Kane" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> Hi Folks,
>>
>> I was wondering if anyone was aware of semantic web technologies being
>> used in the context of libraries and library search?
>>
>> I know that Talis are active in this area.  Does anyone have links to
>> any specific resources or projects that they know of in this area?
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> David.
>>
>

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