Next meeting: Paths to a Linked Data Catalog

Join the next Metadata Discussion Group meeting, where we’ll welcoming in the new academic year with a discussion about the many possible paths to implementing linked library data. Participants will consider homegrown and vended solutions and think about the implications of when and where to introduce linked data into library data stream.

DATE: Tuesday, September 20
TIME: 9-10 am
PLACE: Wells Library Room 043
TOPIC: Paths to a Linked Data Catalog
MODERATOR: Jennifer Liss

We hope to see you there!

Save the Dates: Fall 2016 meetings

The Metadata Discussion Group at Indiana University Libraries welcomes anyone from the IU community to attend our upcoming meetings.

Meetings will be from 9:00 am – 10:00 am in Room 043 of the Wells Library.

September 20
Paths to a Linked Data Catalog
Moderator: Jennifer Liss

November 29
Moderator: Julie Hardesty

Moving from MODS to usable RDF

[UPDATE: This meeting IS happening and is now scheduled for Tuesday, April 5 from 9-10am in Wells Library 043. Apologies for missing the meeting where this was originally scheduled but this thing is BACK ON! And don’t forget to check out Jennifer’s post discussing More about MODS (and XML) to learn more about MODS and its uses before we meet.]

It’s been a while since the Metadata Discussion Group last met but Jennifer and I think we have something that could benefit from a few more metadata-aware eyes at IU. If that’s you, or if you’re interested in topics like transforming metadata or linked library data, read on!

There is an ongoing effort in the Hydra community to figure out strategies to deal with descriptive metadata in RDF for use in Fedora 4 (the digital object repository that we hope to upgrade to here at IUB Libraries). The MODS and RDF Descriptive Metadata Subgroup, lead by Steven Anderson from the Boston Public Library, is working on how to handle MODS XML as RDF that will create a usable, if unofficial, metadata application profile to bring MODS into Fedora 4 as RDF properties.

So far this work has involved going through MODS element by element using examples from various institutions and asking the question “If [you] had to move that [MODS element] to RDF in Fedora 4 today, what would [you] chose to do with it?” (see the work for Abstract as an example). The MODS elements examined so far include name, title, typeOfResource, genre, originInfo, physicalDescription, abstract, language, and current work is happening on tableOfContents.

Join us on Tuesday, April 5 from 9-10am in Wells Library 043 to learn about this effort and Indiana University Libraries’ participation. We’ll share contributed examples and discuss how the MDG might help this effort along for IU and the Hydra community.

Next meeting: Prepping for BIBFRAME: It’s Time for a Remodel!

This is the second in a two-part series on how libraries might start thinking ahead for BIBFRAME, a standard that is being developed to replace MARC. Much has happened since we last talked about BIBFRAME in October. The website underwent a reorganization, a BIBFRAME editor (for “record” input) was previewed at ALA Midwinter, early implementers are beginning to report on their experiences thus far, and the BIBFRAME Vocabulary and BIBFRAME Authorities specifications were published (note: all of the BIBFRAME documents should be considered to be in “draft” status).

Comments from the community seem to be swaying away from the “this new model is too extreme to accommodate the granularity of our current data” view to “this new model is too conservative to carry our data into the semantic web” view. The concern that the architects of BIBFRAME are seeking to replace MARC rather than remodel bibliographic data in a way that utilizes modern web technologies (particularly in the areas of data exchange) is becoming more pervasive.[1] Now seems to be a great time to discuss a remodel of our data. Does the scope of our data remodel require applying a new coat of paint or demolishing the whole structure and rebuilding from the foundation? How might we use new technologies to meet the fundamental principles of information discovery (and reuse)? All are welcome to participate!

DATE: Tuesday, April 15
TIME: 9:30—10:30am
PLACE: Wells Library Room 043
TOPIC: Prepping for BIBFRAME: It’s Time for a Remodel!


Good places to start in the new(ish) BIBFRAME documentation (even if you only skim):

Early thoughts on implementation:

[1] Whether this concern is fair or not, it is a recurring theme throughout the ISQ Winter 2013 issue on the topic, “Evolution of Bibliographic data exchange.” Those who are interested in BIBFRAME and wish to hear an international perspective (from national libraries that already have experience implementing library/archives linked data) may want to read the whole issue.