The British National Bibliography: Who Uses Our Linked Data?

Corine Deliot, Neil Wilson, Luca Costabello, Pierre-Yves [email protected]


The British Library began publishing a Linked Open Data
(LOD) version of the British National Bibliography (BNB) in 2011 as part of its
open metadata strategy. The BNB SPARQL endpoint has continued to evolve since
that point with: new content, links and regular monthly updates. While
organisational benefits have been gained through staff familiarisation with,
Linked Data principles, data modelling and format translation, it has been
challenging to identify exactly how the Linked Data has been used and by whom?
While system logs capture basic information and anecdotal usage may be reported
via social media, conference events or help desk feedback, the lack of
independent tools similar to web analytics has made it difficult to gain
understanding of how the service is used in order to justify and target
investment. This paper describes a project between the British Library and
Fujitsu Ireland that examined the insights that could be gained from the
development and application of Linked Data analytics. The results indicate
Linked Data analytics offers publishers benefits in several areas including
organisational, service management, technical, and user support. Most
importantly at a time of funding restrictions, application of Linked Data
analytics offers publishers the ability to accurately assess the impact of their
data in order to more effectively target their scarce resources. In doing so
they can begin to manage LOD services as efficiently as their web equivalents
and continue the realisation of Linked Data’s potential for the

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