Publishing Technologies

ZBW Labs as Linked Open Data

As a laboratory for new, Linked Open Data based publishing technologies, we now develop the ZBW Labs web site as a Semantic Web Application. The pages are enriched with RDFa, making use of Dublin Core, DOAP (Description of a Project) and other vocabularies. The schema.org vocabulary, which is also applied through RDFa, should support search engine visibility.

With this new version we aim at a playground to test new possibilities in electronic publishing and linking data on the web. At the same time, it facilitates editorial contributions from project members about recent developments and allows comments and other forms of participation by web users.

As it is based on Drupal 7, RDFa is "build-in" (in the CMS core) and is easy done by configuration on a field level. Enhancements are made through the RDFx. Schema.org and SPARQL Views modules. A lot of other ready-made components in Drupal (most noteworthy the Views and the new Entity Reference modules) make it easy to provide and interlink the data items on the site. The current version of Zen theme enables the HTML 5 and the use of RDFa 1.1, and permits a responsive design for smartphones and pads.

Economics Taxonomies in Drupal

The Drupal economics_taxonomies module can be used in Drupal installations to gain access to well established vocabularies for economics over the web. Economics contents curated in Drupal (journal articles, blog entries, etc.) can be indexed using terms from this vocabularies, without a need to install them locally.

ZBW Labs Website

ZBW Labs Website is a semantically enriched directory of ZBW Labs Projects. Labs projects range from small showcases, which may or may not be part of a larger project, to full-fleged applications in beta state.

The new ZBW Labs website is based on Drupal 7 and uses RDFa, which is part of Drupal Core. Used vocabularies are Dublin Core Terms (dc), Description of a Project (doap) und Schema.org (schema).

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