Class K is Now Available as Linked Data

14Apr2013 at 9:45 am (Classification) (, , )

Fantastic to learn that the Library of Congress has made class K of the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) scheme available as linked data. Kevin Ford, from the Network Development and MARC Standards Office at the Library of Congress, made the announcement on Wednesday and noted that K is likely the “largest class” bringing over two million additional resources to the collection of data found at ID.LOC.GOV.

Like the other classification schemes available at ID.LOC.GOV the K class has been released as beta. The Library of Congress “encourage[s] the submission of use cases describing how users would like to utilize the LCC data” and look forward to “working out issues with the data.”

Tina Gheen, the Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Law Library of Congress, talked about this linked data initiative last July and provides a nice overview that demonstrates the potential value of making LCC part of the Web. She also wrote about some of the challenges that come with expressing class K as linked data:

“… as any legal cataloger will tell you, Class K is full of all kinds of interesting tables needed to create a complete classification number. All these tables will need to be extrapolated into linked data as well. Semantic experts at LC have already devised a way to generate URIs and resources for the schedules and tables needed to create a classification number for the smaller classes like B and N. But duplicating that process for Class K is going to require a different level of processing power entirely. Can you feel that heat? It’s our poor servers endlessly churning away at the mountains of data and relationships buried in Class K!”

Such a great initiative and a perfect opportunity to see how we can use this to create a linked data version of KF Modified!

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