The Share Family linked data ecosystem comprises several collaborative LOD - Linked Open Data environments:
- Share-VDE (Virtual Discovery Environment);
- Share-Catalogue - the Italian network of university libraries;
- the PCC data pool - the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) Catalogue in Linked Open Data;
- National Bibliographies in Linked Open Data;
- Parsifal - the LOD portal of the URBE consortium (Roman Union of Ecclesiastical Libraries);
- Kubikat-LOD pilot project - the LOD portal for the catalogues of Kubikat Art History libraries;
- three pilot projects Share-Art, Share-Music, Share-MIA (Manuscripts, Incunabula, Ancient books) respectively in the Art, Music and Ancient book domains;
- LILLIT: portal for Italian illustrated books 1501-1800.
The different characteristics of each field are a useful asset that can be used to the advantage not only of the Share Family as a whole, but for each single discipline.
Being part of the Share Family linked data ecosystem means facilitating cataloguing and exposition of bibliographic records in linked data, thus supporting the transition from the traditional cataloguing environment to innovative models applying the linked data paradigm, and providing the LAM - Libraries, Archives, Museums domain and information professionals with a more comprehensive suite of tools at their disposal.
The platform www.svde.org and the other dedicated environments part of the Share Family enhance the discovery potential of library resources and unveil information that would otherwise have been hidden in archives, thus enabling the access to a rich amount of data that can be exported and re-imported by the participating institutions.
The output common to all the branches of the Share Family foresees:
- the enrichment of original MARC data and of the records converted in linked data with identifiers from external sources (e.g. ISNI, VIAF) and original Share identifiers;
- the reconciliation and clusterization of entities;
- the indexing of records in the Cluster Knowledge Base, authoritative environment in linked data;
- the conversion of library catalogues from MARC to linked data;
- delivery of converted and enriched data to libraries for reuse in their systems;
- the publication of library records in linked data on the relative Share discovery platform.
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The technology underlying the systems part of the Share Family is based on the LOD Platform, that is a highly innovative technological framework, an integrated ecosystem for the management of bibliographic, archive and museum catalogues, and their conversion to linked data, extensible as needed for specific purposes.
The Share Family technology relies on a tenant infrastructure. In the system architecture, a tenant is a pool of institutions contributing to the same Cluster Knowledge Base. Multiple tenants form the Share Family. Family members can interoperate among respective Cluster Knowledge Bases through a centralized registry.
The Share Family of initiatives includes different branches and sister projects, supported by the same LOD Platform technology. Each branch or project is hosted in a specific tenant of the system architecture with a corresponding specific Cluster Knowledge Base and a dedicated web entity discovery portal. For more details on how the Share Family tenant infrastructure is designed see the Summary of Share Family tenants.
In some cases, within a single tenant a customised skin (ie. a sub-portal of the main entity discovery) can be created to address ad hoc needs of an institution, or group of institutions, willing to expose only their own data or to integrate local services in the Share Family environment. For example, the entity discovery portal at svde.org is the discovery corresponding to Share-VDE tenant, including a pool of data from several institutions, and the respective skin portals / institutional portals.
While the main entity discovery portal of a tenant shows the data of all the institutions feeding the tenant's Cluster Knowledge Base, the skin portal / institutional portal gives the ability to filter only the data of the institution or group of institutions that the skin/institutional portal has been designed for.
|PCC data pool
|Kubikat-LOD pilot project
|Tenant web portal url
|Data hosted in tenant CKB
|catalogues of SVDE member libraries converted to linked data
|catalogues of Share-Catalogue member libraries converted to linked data
|records of PCC members converted to linked data
|national bibliographies of institutions participating to this branch converted to linked data
|catalogues of Parsifal member libraries (libraries of the URBE consortium - Roman Union of Ecclesiastical Libraries) converted to linked data
|Linked Open Data descriptions and illustrations of Italian editions printed in the 16th-18th centuries
|catalogues of Kubikat art history libraries converted to linked data
|Institutional portals within the same tenant
|one skin portal for each member institution
|not available yet
|British National Bibliography (others TBD)
|not available yet
|Institutional portal URL
|initial version of skin portals (others in progress):
|not available yet
|https://bl.natbib-lod.org/ (preview of a beta site)
|not available yet
The Share Family institutions can participate in one or more tenants. Here follows the summary of the institutions part of the Share Family tenants and its network.
|PCC tenant members
|LD4P cohort members
|Berkeley Law Library
|Università Degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”
|PCC member libraries
|The British Library - British National Bibliography
|La Sapienza Università di Roma
Institut in Florenz
|Università degli Studi della Basilicata
|Frick Art Reference Library
|Centro Pro Unione
|New York University
|Università Degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale
|Harry Ransom Center Texas A&M
|Pontificia Facoltà di Scienze dell'Educazione "Auxilium"
|Central Institute of Art
|Università degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope
|Pontificia Facoltà Teologica "Marianum"
|Deutsches Forum für
|University of Alberta - NEOS consortium
|Università del Salento
|National Library of Medicine
|Pontificia Università Antonianum
|University of Chicago
|Università degli Studi di Salerno
|Pontificia Università della Santa Croce
|Share-Art pilot project
|University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
|Università degli Studi del Sannio
|Pontificia Università di San Tommaso d'Aquino (Angelicum)
|Share-MIA (Manuscripts, Incunabula and Ancient books) pilot project
|University of Pennsylvania
|Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”
|University of California Davis
|Pontificia Università Gregoriana
|Share-Music pilot project
|Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa
|University of California San Diego
|Pontificia Università Lateranense
|University of Toronto
|Università degli Studi di Cassino
|University of Washington
|Università Pontificia Salesiana
|University Colorado at Boulder
|Pontificia Università Urbaniana
|Library of Congress*
|University of Minnesota
|Pontificio Ateneo Sant'Anselmo
|National Library of Finland*
|University of Texas A&M
|Pontificio Istituto Biblico
|National Library of Norway*
|Pontificio Istituto Teologico "Giovanni Paolo II" per le Scienze del Matrimonio e della Famiglia
|Pontificium Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum
|The British Library*
The Share Family map can also be consulted on a dedicated web page.