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LCSH.info, RIP, December 22, 2008, Tim, LibraryThing.

I am not as up on or enthusiastic about Ed’s Semantic-Web intentions, but the open-data implications are clear: the Library of Congress just took down public data. I didn’t think things could get much worse after the recent OCLC moves, but this is worse.

The time has come to get serious. The library world is headed in the wrong direction. It’s wrong for patrons—and taxpayers. And it’s wrong for libraries.

See also (if it is still there):

uncool uris,
Posted on December 19, 2008, 10:32 pm, by Ed Summers.

On December 18th I was asked to shut off lcsh.info by the Library of Congress. As an LC employee I really did not have much choice other than to comply.

The lcsh.info domain was registered by me in order to demonstrate how the Library of Congress Subject Headings could be represented as a Semantic Web application using SKOS….

LC is still considering running a service like lcsh.info at loc.gov, but it’s not there for me to link to yet.

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