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A Librarian's Guide to Graphs, Data and the Semantic Web by James Powell

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Library metadata ontologies

The Semantic Web is not a library. It is not even a catalog, per se. It is a way of representing, sharing, and linking with basic statements of fact about things. The granularity of the Semantic Web is not at the level at which libraries have been traditionally concerned with information. Libraries collected and described intellectual products that consist of some form of narrative, a book, a journal, a research paper, a movie, an album, or a song. More recently libraries have begun to assist scientists in cataloging their data sets. But the cataloging of individual facts was left to Webster’s, encyclopedias, survey papers, and the like. And yet it makes a great deal of sense to take the fine-grained descriptive ...

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