Next meeting: Metadata and Discovery Layers

Join the next Metadata Discussion Group meeting for a look at metadata and discovery layers. While we often talk about the need for metadata standards to share our information, discovery layers – meant to help users search, browse, and find what they need within our collections – often don’t really care about a metadata standard as long as the metadata coming in is consistently identifiable for that discovery layer’s index.

Indexing using Apache’s Solr search platform is a common method to provide faceted searching and browsing in many library/online resource contexts (IUCAT, the IUB Libraries’ web site, and Media Collections Online all have Solr indexes behind them, for example). The source of metadata that feeds each of the indexes in those examples is different, however. We’ll take a look at how these sites are handling discovery differently while using similar tools and what it could mean in terms of discovery to combine these different types of library data sets.

DATE: Tuesday, November 11
TIME: 9-10am
PLACE: Wells Library Room 043
TOPIC: Metadata and Discovery Layers
MODERATOR: Julie Hardesty

For examples of what others are doing along these routes, you can take a look at UW-Madison Libraries and Stanford University Libraries discovery layers, paying particular attention to how they provide discovery and access to collections available online.

ALA Midwinter Linked Data Recordings

ala_midwinter_logo There are two Linked Data presentations from ALA Midwinter available.

The January 26th 3-4PM session Linked Data for Holdings and Cataloging: The First Step Is Always the Hardest! recording is quite good. Eric Miller (Zepheira) and Richard Wallis (OCLC) are the presenters of this linked data session.

Miller’s presentation discussed the importance of defining clear relationships; plus, more contextual information on the web will allow libraries to share their amazing collections via common search engines (holdings). He then touches on BIBFRAME and how the data model aims to be nimble enough to support the work of the past 50 years and the challenges of the next 50 years.

Wallis discussed–a vocabulary for describing webpages that was produced by major search engines. OCLC chose for their WorldCat linked data project because of’s broad adoption by the likes of Google, Yahoo! and Bing. Wallis goes on to state that while this vocabulary is not robust enough for libraries, we aren’t limited to using only one standard with linked data–they intermix.

He illustrated how the WorldCat linked data project helped make more obscure items (like dissertations) show up on the first page of a Google search. Plus, he briefly discusses the following data sets OCLC made available as linked data last year: Dewey Decimal Classification, FAST, and VIAF.

The second part of this presentation is audio, but the links associated with the speakers contain their slides. Violeta Ilik (Texas A&M University Library) & Jeremy Myntti (Head of Cataloging & Metadata Services at University of Utah – J. Willard Marriott Library) separately tried some small linked data projects using the Viewshare tool.

Viewshare is a service provided by LC for digital collections. It helps users generate and customize views (using interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) so users can interact more with the collection. Both speakers discovered some interesting trends and inconsistencies in their metadata. Good stuff!

Next meeting: BIBFRAME

The next Metadata Discussion Group meeting will be on Tuesday, February 5, from 9:30—10:30 in the Wells Library, Room 043.

BIBFRAME, a data model resulting from the work of Library of Congress Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative, is meant to envision a data universe that may one day supersede MARC, the carrier of library data. This month, we’ll talk about BIBFRAME developments, namely, the recent unveiling of

DATE: Tuesday, February 5
TIME: 9:30–10:30 am
PLACE: Wells Library 043


Live blogging ALA TechSource webinar: Libraries and Linked Data

NOTE: apologies for the belated posting!

The ALA TechSource webinar, Libraries and Linked Data: Looking to the Future, was presented by Karen Coyle on July 19, 2012. Jennifer live blogged this event. IUL staff may contact me for the link to this webinar. Continue reading “Live blogging ALA TechSource webinar: Libraries and Linked Data”