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Continuing the Conversation: RDA Vocabularies in the Semantic Web

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on May 25, 2011 - 1:50pm

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We just wrapped up the final session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future with Chris Oliver, Karen Coyle and Diane Hillmann. Diane Hillmann led today’s session, RDA Vocabularies in the Semantic Web. Here are some questions that came up based on what we discussed today, as well as some resources from the event. Whether you attended or not, feel free to chime in via the comments area with questions or comments--Chris, Karen and Diane will be part of the discussion as well!

  • Why would you want to use RDA but not FRBR?
  • Can you clarify the terms entity, class, value and vocabulary?
  • What is an application profile and how does it fit into the Open Metadata Registry?
  • You mentioned the Appendices of RDA as being important. Could you repeat which ones we should be looking at and how we can use the RDA text to help understand vocabularies and relationships?
  • Do you have any practical tips or advice on how small to mid sized public libraries can make the transition to RDA vocabularies?

You can also chime in on Twitter. The hashtag is #libdata

The preliminary readings for this workshop were:

Karen Coyle: Understanding the Semantic Web: Bibliographic Data and Metadata, Chapters 1 and 2 http://alatechsource.metapress.com/content/g212v1783607/?p=b4700bc9fec34b12a3f42a94a9fd9d4f&pi=0

Diane Hillmann, Karen Coyle, Jon Phipps and Gordon Dunsire: RDA Vocabularies: Process, Outcome, Use http://dlib.org/dlib/january10/hillmann/01hillmann.html

(Webcast) Barbara Tillett: What RDA Is and Isn't http://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/rda/trainthetrainer.html

RDA Prospectus: http://www.rda-jsc.org/rdaprospectus.html

(Presentation with Slides and Notes) Tom Delsey: Moving Cataloguing into the 21st Century. http://tsig.wikispaces.com/Pre-conference+2010

RDA Scope and Structure http://www.rda-jsc.org/docs/5rda-scoperev4.pdf

Bowen, Jennifer and David Lindahl. RDA and the eXtensible Catalog. http://hdl.handle.net/1802/14588


Diane’s Slides:

RDA Vocabularies in the Semantic Web by Diane Hillmann


Comments (2)

Q: "You mentioned the

Q: "You mentioned the Appendices of RDA as being important. Could you repeat which ones we should be looking at and how we can use the RDA text to help understand vocabularies and relationships?"

One of the great benefits of RDA is the focus on relationships, particularly in Appendices I and J. Once we fully embrace and enable this relationship-rich potential, we can serve our users much better. These days, the discovery services run by library data relies almost completely on search--MARC has few ways to support browse, to take advantage of the data we already have. Given that our users are now very used to being able to follow links to find what they need, our data and how we present it is very frustrating.

I don't think the RDA text is really the best place to understand the vocabularies and relationships--probably some of the resources listed earlier in this blog post are far better for that task.

Q: "Why would you want to use

Q: "Why would you want to use RDA but not FRBR?"

The answer here probably depends to a great extent on who you are and what you're doing. If you're a librarian and thinking about moving head with RDA, you might be very focused on FRBR, because that's a model developed with libraries in mind. If you're not in a library, and not building data for use within libraries, you might have a distinct need for a bibliographically-aware set of elements that are already available, but not want to introduced the complications of a model that may not make sense in your world. Remember, we're trying to join the information world, not convince them that they need to do things our way in every case!