Linked-data library system

Well, we did it. We created the linked-data library system. It’s done.

No theoretical gum-sucking.

No personal-project hand-wringing.

No vendor-spun nonsense.

Simply a linked-data library system.

There’s not much more to be said. If you want, you can get the source code.

If you’re like a lot of other people I know, you’re probably thinking you could do better yourselves. That’s great, but you won’t. You’ll visit a lot of the mistakes everyone else has visited because in the search for the revolutionary, the reactionary keeps popping its head up. In the end, you’ll realise that a linked-data library system is still a library system.

The supposed revolution of using linked data (something libraries have been doing for a number of years, if you all remember back to 2007) isn’t really the revolution. It turns out that doing library systems better really means making it possible for libraries to take control of their technology platform.

And that is precisely what we’ve done. And that is a real revolution.

We’ve put in place a backbone that makes it possible for a library to continually develop and deploy software in a reliable cycle. It is possible for libraries to do this for all their systems.

Finally: control.

Does it make economic sense? I’m not sure. Given the quotes I have seen for much weaker systems from other vendors, I think it probably does. Unless you’re willing to shop around every three-to-five years, I think you’ll see a lower TCO in the first ten years.

Will it provide massive flexibility over time, giving a platform for services for users that can grow and change with the organisation? Yes.

Can we use words like “cloud”? If you feel you must (and your patrons don’t mind having their personalia fed to foreign governments).

Will it look and smell like a deprecated Javascript framework in the course of a few hours? That’s up to you.

Control is about taking responsibility — be our guest.

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3 comments on “Linked-data library system
  1. I believe congratulations are in order.

    A definition of what a “linked-data library system” is would be helpful – what is linked to what and where?

    • brinxmat says:

      Hi and thanks Richard,

      Of course, you’re right. I’ll come back to describing this in the documentation!

      As you recall, you were one of the original people I spoke to in Stockholm in 2009 about linked data, so your evangelist role has panned out here too!


  2. […] announcement yesterday of Olso public library’s new open-source linked data discovery interface comes just a few days after JSTOR unveiled their new prototype text analyzer. JSTOR’s text […]

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