Bibliographic metadata getting linked: business cases and projects

Davide Storti, Programme Specialist, CI/KSD/ICT, UNESCO (Email:

The ISSN International Centre is organizing an international conference under the patronage of UNESCO about semantic web and open data (April 28th, 2016).
Bibliographical information regarding print and digital serial publications is collected by the International ISSN Centre and its extensive network of national centres. This set of data is currently available under formats not easily compatible with discovery technologies on the web.

In 2013, the ISSN International Centre launched ROAD, the Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources ( Some ISSN records have thus been made available to a larger audience. ROAD is an innovative service which allows librarians, students and researchers to assess the quality of the OA resources.

The next step is to open further ISSN data. Semantic Web technologies are now better mastered and are becoming more widespread. The ISSN International Centre will build on innovative projects widely acclaimed by libraries, researchers, publishers which will be presented at the conference “Bibliographic metadata getting linked: business cases and projects” which will be held on April 28th, 2016 in connection with the 21st General Assembly of the ISSN network.

Seth van Hooland, associate professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles, will be the keynote speaker. He will focus on the opportunities and limitations of linked open data in the bibliographic context. The following sessions will be devoted to examples of services based on linked data meeting the needs of different communities. The topic of networking facilitated by semantic web tools will also be discussed.

The panel session will bring together the registration authorities of several widespread identifiers (ISAN, ISNI and ISSN) and a representative of around the issue of improving the user experience thanks to semantic web technologies.

Sophie Mazens, head of the Department of scientific and technical information and library network at the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, will round off the day.