2-Way Linked Data? It just, you know, works.
But first, what’s ISAW Papers? That’s easy. It’s the online journal of NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW). Following the link will take you to more information.
Here’s another link, this one to the first ISAW Papers annotations, with more to come soon. And just FYI, those are currently all from ISAW Papers 2 by Catharine Lorber and Andrew Meadows so many thanks to them for being part of the fun.
Next question is, “What do you mean by ‘2-way’?” In the list of annotations I linked to above, there is one to “Cyprus” that shows the URL:
Note the fragment identifier “#p8”. The archival format of an ISAW Papers article is HTML, which makes it easy to assign an identifier to every paragraph. As part of its publication model, ISAW partners with NYU’s library to deliver articles, and that relationship is the source of the link you see above. The library runs the ‘dlib.nyu.edu’ host. If you click above, it will take you directly to the eighth paragraph of ISAW Papers 2.
But that’s still just one-way linked data. Try hovering over the underlined reference to Cyprus. You should see a map in a pop-up, next to which is a link to “Further references at Pelagios”. Follow that to the Pelagios page telling you there is a reference to Cyprus in ISAW Papers as well as in other resources. It’s ‘two-way’ in that you can go back-and-forth, back-and-forth on the basis of the stable identifier for Cyprus as provided by Pleiades. And as many of you may know, clicking through to the Pleiades page will show the link to ISAW Papers. Now we’re talking N-way linked data, which is what we really want. As in, “Now we’re talkin’! Sweet!!!”
Of course, the “just works” part of the title downplays all the effort by many people to make this seamless. But that’s how it should look to users. With such ease-of-use coming into being, it will be cool to see what people do with all these links.