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Linking Museums III 'people' writeup

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Agenda (for the working bee part)




Requirements gathering - audience

  • Who is the markup for? (e.g. peer organisations, hackers/tinkerers, internal projects). Make quick personas?
  • For each audience: which formats are accessible to them?
  • What constitutes 'useful' or 'meaningful' data use?  AKA, what does success look like?
  • Which other data sets would they be using at the same time?
  • Which audiences or aggregations are the developers using this data working for?


Requirements gathering - data

  • What do we want to publish? What types of biographical data? 

  • What's the variability in content?

  • How is it currently modelled? (e.g. text blobs, structured metadata, subject authorities/inline references) 

  • Which domains (museums, libraries, archives, etc) are represented?



Record review and markup

We agreed to provide some person records marked up as RDF, describing the issues we found in doing so. I'll kick things off with a sample from a bilingual artist authority. Here the names are seen as a "controlled term" in the library science/ULAN sense, so are recorded in a separate SKOS structure with its own URL. I have been able to use URLs to stand for places and dates, thereby simplifying the RDF. For career roles ("occupations") we have invented a custom class and property, subclassing the CRM Type and has-type class and property as per the CRM spec. Roles are recorded as strings here, but could (still might) be URLs as well, in which case the four entries would come down to two:


<rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dcterms="http://purl.org/dc/terms/" xmlns:owl="http://www.w3.org/2002/07/owl#" xmlns:rdfs="http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#" xmlns:skos="http://www.w3.org/2004/02/skos/core#" xmlns:crm="http://erlangen-crm.org/101001/" xmlns:this="http://light.demon.co.uk/artist/">
<skos:Concept rdf:about="http://voc.imjnet.org.il/lexicon/artist/T6406">
<skos:inScheme rdf:resource="http://voc.imjnet.org.il/lexicon/artist/ArtistAuthority" />
<skos:prefLabel xml:lang="en">Aalto, Aino, Finnish, 1894-1949</skos:prefLabel>
<skos:altLabel xml:lang="en">Aalto, Aino Marsio</skos:altLabel>
<skos:prefLabel xml:lang="he">×לטו, ×יינו, פינית, 1949-1894</skos:prefLabel>
<skos:altLabel xml:lang="he">×לטו, ×יינו מרסיו</skos:altLabel> </skos:Concept>
<crm:E21_Person rdf:about="http://voc.imjnet.org.il/lexicon/artist/T6406Person">
<crm:E41_Appellation rdf:resource="http://voc.imjnet.org.il/lexicon/artist/T6406" />
<crm:P7_took_place_at rdf:resource="http://voc.imjnet.org.il/lexicon/place/T13368" />
<crm:P4_has_time-span rdf:resource="http://reference.data.gov.uk/doc/year/1894" />
</crm:E67_Birth> <span id="cursor-169593"> </span>
<crm:P4_has_time-span rdf:resource="http://reference.data.gov.uk/doc/year/1949" />
<this:Career_Role xml:lang="en"> <rdf:value>designer</rdf:value>
<this:Career_Role xml:lang="en"> <rdf:value>architect</rdf:value>
<this:Career_Role xml:lang="he"> <rdf:value>עיצוב</rdf:value>
<this:Career_Role xml:lang="he"> <rdf:value>×דריכלות</rdf:value>


Pub for the meetup

Comments (1)

Mia said

at 11:32 pm on Jan 19, 2011

I know I've been dreadful in not attempting to mark up some sample Science Museum records but I've been defeated by the fracture. Any suggested reading in the meantime so I know where to start?

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