Vol. 4 No. 1 (2013): Global Interoperability and Linked Data in Libraries: Special issue
Towards a Web of Data: Applications and Experiences

Commercial and cultural sectors: potential for data collaboration?

Published 2013-01-15


  • Europeana,
  • ISNI,
  • International Standard Name Identifier,
  • Linked Heritage Project,

How to Cite

Bell, Graham. 2013. “Commercial and Cultural Sectors: Potential for Data Collaboration?”. JLIS.It 4 (1):291. https://doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-5487.


The main goals of the Linked Heritage Project (sponsored by Europeana) are to provide qualified content to Europeana from the public and private sector. To this aim is created WP4 (Work Group 4) in which the organization EDItEUR takes part. The content are metadata for the cultural heritage. Starting by addressing the issue of the copyright gap, which can involve metadata, the article notes the differences between metadata types developed by the private sector (ONIX for books) and those defined by the public one (FRBR, MARC, MARC21). The aim is to develop integration of both sectors into a shared references core. Exploring the common reference framework requirement, the article emphasizes the new International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) potential, which allows to uniquely identify the subjects involved in the creative field. The future outlook can be further enhanced by involving additional metadata mapping that relates books, people, places, data, other books and other references in a possible linked data form, within which priority should be given in common public identifiers, related semantic mapping layers and shared vocabularies.


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