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Your Chocolate is in My Peanut Butter! Mixing up Content and Presentation Layers to Build Smarter Books in Browsers with RDFa,, and Linked Data Topics

  • Jason A. Clark [@jaclark], Head, Library Informatics & Computing,
    Montana State University,
  • Scott W. H. Young [@hei_scott], Digital Initiatives Librarian,
    Montana State University,

Common methods of publishing book content have focused on various
implementations of existing technologies such as LaTeX, Markdown, and
.epub. A common theme within this development has been the separation of
presentation layers and content layers. What if there was another way?
In responding to that question, we’ll look at our local @msulibrary
prototype software funded by an IMLS Sparks! Innovation grant for
presenting books inside of web browsers
( Our talk will focus on the
tools and technologies of open web publishing. We’ll consider the
strange and wonderful benefits of integrating the presentation layer and
content layer using semantic RDFa HTML5 markup, and we’ll demonstrate
how describing and displaying books within an open web model impacts
discovery, eBook production, and machine-readability.

Our session will include:

  • The benefits of using RDFa,, and linked data models for
    book production
  • How structured data models for book content can turn your webpage
    into your API
  • Analyze the effects of this practice for machine-understanding, SEO,
    and UX
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this model as it applies
    to a range of book genres, including web book prototypes for fiction
    and poetry.

Chocolate/Peanut Butter... RDFa/HTML5... Linked Data/Dbpedia Topics...
"Great tastes that go great together."