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6 degrees of sparql-ation or sparql-bacon

- February 24, 2011 in bacon, openbiblio-challenge

Use the data to make a game, or maybe two games.
Game 1 Rules: The player should enter two triple found in the dataset, the starting triple and the ending triple. The goal is to link from an entry with the starting triple to an entry with the ending triple in six steps or less. game play: Player enters starting triple and ending triple (only triples actually existing in the dataset, with helpful autocomplete and validation). A list of titles of entries from the dataset appear which contain the starting triple. When an entry is selected from the list, jump to a view of the whole and present all of the data from the entry as easily readible triples. Hovering over anyone of these returns a list of titles of entries that also contain this triple. Click on one to go to that entry. And so on till the user gets to an entry containing the matching triple. Alternate version Same as above except the object of the ending triple needs to be Francis Bacon, either one (or Kevin Bacon, but I've yet to find him in the dataset, so lets just stick with the two Francis's). Should probably allow for more than six attempts as this might get difficult.

connecting biblio information to reading experiences

- February 17, 2011 in openbiblio-challenge, reading-experience

The "Reading Experience Database" (RED) is a project conducted by the Open University to collect data about the reading experiences of readers of all nationalities in Britain and those of British subjects abroad from 1450 to 1945. The database contains thousands of evidences of reading experiences, which have might have been extracted from published material, and mostly concern books. As part of the initiative, we are currently converting this database in a linked data format, and connecting this data to DBPedia. The idea would be to connect the both the books read, and the sources of evidences to bibliographical information from open-biblo, and creating a browsing interface to obtain books together with accounts of experiences from readers of these books. (I'm trying to put together a prototype of this. Hopefully it will be available tonight).


- February 17, 2011 in Bibliographic, data-collection, openbiblio-challenge, openservice, social

AuthorClaim is a scholarly service which provides for professionals and students involved in the academic community the ability to both claim authorship over published works, as well as (and most significantly) the ability to obtain statistics as to your rankings with your coauthors, and with other authors within the network. Open access repositories are used to create the bibliographic records for each document, similar in structure to services such as RePEc ( and arXiv ( . This service ultimately aims to provide for both the registered and the unregistered user the ability to visualize one's unique position and relationship with other individuals throughout the network. More information can be found at the following page: Details of our integration of the IUCR collection: Information about our current collections can be found here: And registration (our service is, of course, entirely free of charge), can be found on the index page:


- February 17, 2011 in Bibliographic, data-collection, openbiblio-challenge, openservice, social

Objective The overall objective is to invert bibliographic data from its traditional format where each record describes a document. We want to create to a CV-style format that has authors as the heading and the documents written by the author underneath it. This allows for a navigation of the bibliographical space by author. It also prepare for performance evaluation of authors. Sources There are two sources. One is a set of simple document data from the OKFN sponsored 3lib project. 3lib. These data are de facto open because they contain only factual descriptions of documents, titles, author names, identifiers. The document data describe scientific articles and preprint. The other source is a set of author profiles that are openly available from AuthorClaim. Method Authors are referenced in bibliographic information by names. Names are ambiguous. There are many ways to write the name of a single person. We call these "name expressions". Several persons may share valid name expressions. Since names don't identify authors, AuthorProfile can not do a reliable job. The AuthorClaim project allows authors to claim documents. Only a very small part of documents are subject to author claims at this time. These are the people for authoritative publication lists are available. For the others we have to use name expressions. We look at bibliographic data records containing such author name expressions, and create files, one for each author name expression. We call this process "auversion". The system will have list of author pages as top-entry navigation. Author pages can only be constructed for AuthorClaim registrants. However most AuthorClaim registrants have coauthors, and most of these are not yet registered. These non-registered co-authors then provide entry points to author name expressions, etc. Thus a substantial part of "auverted" bibliographic data can be linked from the authors. System In addition to navigating a set of authors (not implemented yet), we plan two navigational features. First, we want to link from an "auverted" author name page to the closest registered. By "closest" we mean by shortest intermediate author name expression path through co-authorship. This is partly implemented on our test set system. We call this "vertical integration". Second, we want to provide links between related author name expression. Assume for example, we have the author name J. Griffin, but we also have James Griffin, we want to create a link from J. Griffin author name expression to James Griffin author name expression. We want to do a similar thing for diacritics, linking from expressions with diacritics to those without and back. We links between author name expressions that may refer to the same person as "horizontal integration". Current state A debugging/testing demonstrator of the system is available here. Eligibility The 3lib dataset includes the IUCR data from the JISC funded open bibliography project. However since the data is very small, it is not likely to be seen in the actual demonstrator that we have running.

Building a Research Context with Linked Bibliographic Data

- February 16, 2011 in linked-open-data, openbiblio-challenge, recommendersystem

The general idea is to recommend appropriate literature and media based on a bibliographic entry. The metadata of an IUCr document is used to find related wikipedia articles. We then extract bibliographical references from Wikipedia. The extracted citations are used to query external datasets, as e.g. British National Library, Cambridge University Library etc. The retrieved results can be ranked by matching their metadata with the original IUCr document. This should help, either for shortening the process of interdisciplinary information research as well as for young researchers that may not be aware of free information sources available in their field. Please read on here for a workflow drawing and some initial feasibility tests.

Social recommendations plugin

- February 16, 2011 in openbiblio-challenge

A plugin to connect with colleagues or friends social networks in order to provide recommendations for suggested reading. Users browsing habits would be aggregated to provide a 'recommended reading' section based on your friends. This could be a cross between: and

serendipitous bookshelf

- February 16, 2011 in openbiblio-challenge

submitted by mark on behalf of chris gutteridge. IDEA: make a plugin that displays book covers as if they are on a bookshelf, ordered by some fuzzy parameters - e.g. lets see all books about X, or all books by Y. Upon hovering, show the metadata. to replace the serendipity of browsing in a real library that has been lost by the digital world.

BBC "In Our Time" Reading List

- January 20, 2011 in openbiblio-challenge

The BBC "In Our Time" radio programme publishes suggested recommending reading in the programme data in an unstructured and citation style way: author, title (publisher, year), with what looks to be conventional character string separators between references (at least on the pages I looked at). The idea is to extract and link suggested readings for the In Our time programmes to open, structured bibliographic data. This would make the In Our Time archive even more useful as an informal (open-ish) educational resource, especially as academic libraries start to release data relating to books used on courses. (So for example, this approach might help provide a link from a course to a relevant In Our Time broadcast via a common book.)

Flag and tag bibliographic records on bibliographica with further info

- January 13, 2011 in bibliographica, openbiblio-challenge, ui, webapp

It would be great to be able to add flags to highlight records, and to tag records with further information on bibliographica ( This would not require editing the underlying data, but adding value to it. (This idea came up during the JISC open bib project, I am not claiming it as my own idea)

link open bibliography to wikipedia

- January 13, 2011 in openbiblio-challenge

could we develop a plugin that allows author / title / ISBN information via wikipedia from the bibliographic datasets? could we collect information via this about any changes / updates required to the records? (this idea was originally mentioned during the JISC open bib project via the community - not actually by me).