Tag Archives: LOD

Danish National Bibliography as linked open data

A testfile containing books in the Danish National Bibliography 2010 and 2011 as linked open data has been published by DBC (Danish Bibliographic Centre) on oss.dbc.dk. A SPARQL endpoint to the corresponding triple store is available at http://lod.dbc.dk/webui/. DBC will continue working with LOD, expanding the scope to other types of material and authority data, providing more links and moving towards publishing the National Bibliography on a regular basis as LOD

Web NDL Authorities

The Web NDL Authorities is now fully released by the National Diet Library, Japan (NDL).  The Web NDL Authorities is a service that provides NDL’s authority records as Linked Open Data and makes them accessible to the Semantic Web.

*The Web NDL Authorities

For details, please refer also to this paper:  http://conference.ifla.org/past/ifla77/149-tadahiko-en.pdf

By OSHIBA, Tadahiko (NDL)


Linked Open BNB Preview Now Available


The British Library is developing a version of the British National Bibliography which it will make available as Linked Open Data.

The initial offering includes published books with future releases extending coverage to include serial publications, multipart works, integrating resources, kits and forthcoming publications.

The first subset of the British National Bibliography, covering books published or distributed in the UK since 2005, is currently available for preview at:

SPARQL endpoint: bnb.data.bl.uk/sparql
Describe endpoint: bnb.data.bl.uk/describe
Search service: bnb.data.bl.uk/search & bnb.data.bl.uk/items

Links to the following linked open data sources have been provided:
GeoNames (for country of publication)
MARC country and language codes
RDF Book Mashup

The preview system represents a work in progress, but one we hope is sufficiently developed to be of interest to external audiences. Some further details and background documentation may be found at: http://www.bl.uk/bibliographic/datafree.html

The British Library announces new free data options

The British Library has announced that it is going to offer two new ways for libraries and researchers to access its bibliographic data including the British National Bibliography. These are:

  • A free Z39.50 service for libraries to selectively download records in MARC21
  • Bulk data sets in XML (RDF/DC) for researchers and organisations wishing to utilise the data (e.g. data mining)

The British Library is also collaborating with researchers at the University of Cambridge as part of the ‘Open Bibliography’ project investigating new models for libraries to unlock the potential of their records (e.g. as open linked data).

Anyone interested in the new services should contact: metadata@bl.uk