Although MARC has been widely used in the libraries and benefited users for decades, its self-contained and aging infrastructure means that library records are not able to interact with the highly linked modern web. In June 2012, Library of Congress announced a modeling initiative; a major focus of the project is to translate the MARC 21 format to a Linked Data (LD) model. This model is based on metadata concepts that are considerably different to those in use at the time that MARC was developed to encode library cataloging data. This day of training will begin with the fundamental concepts of modern, machine-actionable metadata, and the qualities that are necessary to create linkable data for use in semantic web applications. The training will include group exercises and examples of existing library and non-library data. Time will be reserved for discussion of issues that arise during the day.
Takeaway 1: Participants will be able to tell the fundamental concepts of metadata and their applications in the semantic web.
Takeaway 2: Participants will have hands-on experience to create metadata which can be used to create linkable data.
Takeaway 3: Participants will learn the importance of identifiers and data types for the creation of linkable metadata.
Who should attend: Catalogers, technical services librarians, database managers, information system librarians
Track(s): Information Technology
Registration fee includes: program, handouts, continental breakfast, and an afternoon snack.
AALL members: $160.00
Karen Coyle is a librarian with over thirty years of experience with library technology. She now consults in a variety of areas relating to digital libraries. Karen has published dozens of articles and reports, most available on her web site, kcoyle.net. She has served on standards committees including the MARC standards group (MARBI), NISO committee AX for the OpenURL standard, and was an ALA representative to the e-book standards development that led to the ePub standard. She follows, writes, and speaks on a wide range policy areas, including intellectual property, privacy, and public access to information. As a consultant she works primarily on metadata development and technology planning. She is currently investigating the possibilities offered by the semantic web and linked data technology.