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Incubator group report - Library Linked Data

The W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group has published its final report.

The group worked from May 2010 until August 2011, this final report being the main outcome of this activity. The mission of the incubator group was to help increase global interoperability of library data on the Web. At this time, libraries and other cultural heritage or memory institutions, including museums and archives, show a great interest in sharing data on the Web. Existing library applications showcase the benefits of adopting Semantic Web standards and Linked Data principles, in order to publish valuable information assets that library create and curate, such as bibliographic data, lists of concepts, names, persons, etc.

The work of the group \240originates from a set of use cases contributed by a variety of parties ranging from small, independent projects to activities in national libraries. From these the group extracted benefits, a brief report of the current state of library linked data, and recommendations for next steps. Our analysis also features detailed inventories of available vocabularies and technologies.

This publication is part of the Incubator Activity, a forum where W3C Members can innovate and experiment. This work is not on the W3C standards track.