In order to make its data more useful on the Web, the French national library has designed a new project. This "data.bnf.fr" project is...
In order to make its data more useful on the Web, the French national library has designed a new project. This "data.bnf.fr" project is still at an early stage. We are only starting to build the information hub that will allow us to gather the data from our various datasets. The BnF wishes to build Web pages, gathering resources around the concepts of "works" and "authors". The project involves transforming existing data, enriching and interlinking the dataset with internal and external resources, and publishing HTML pages for browsing by users and search engines. The raw data would also be accessible in RDF following the principles of linked data architecture. Our purpose is to use common standards, and to comply with the requirements of the Semantic Web. In this project, it is both a matter of interoperability with external sources, and of our own different datasets, since we have to align resources from several catalogues. Therefore, trying to provide a significant hub in the "linked data" cloud also has strong internal strategic issues, mainly in terms of bibliographic descriptions and choices (e.g. FRBR, RDA, integration of EAD). Technically speaking, our purpose is to gather data around concepts that focus on bibliographic entities.