Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Will Linked Data mean an early end for Marc & RDA

From a comment to the Panlibus blog entry:

Will Linked Data mean an early end for Marc & RDA

http://blogs.talis.com/panlibus/archives/2009/10/will-linked-data-mean-an-early-end-for-marc-rda.php/comment-page-1#comment-29309

I just saw this post and want to thank you for showing some great examples of sites using linked data. But I would like to clarify where you quoted me when I stated: “Implementing linked data, although it would be great, is years and years away from any kind of practical implementation.” I guess I should have written that it is years and years away from any kind of practical implementation *by libraries.*

Implementation at such a level simply involves too much change in a field that has always been traditionally conservative. Practically our only way of sharing information is still using ISO2709 records using Z39.50, which we were doing in the 1970s! There is also the concern of genuinely sharing library-created records and information in ways where librarians are not in 100% control. This is an argument that flared up recently with OCLC claiming ownership over library records, and they backed down, although I have not heard of any final decision as yet.

So yes, implementing linked data is being done, and technically speaking, could be done rather soon in the library world as well, but at least I think it simply involves too many changes for librarians and its associated bureaucracy to adopt anytime soon.

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