ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section Executive Committee Forum
Friday, June 24, 2011 3:30-5:30
Morial Convention Center – Room 243
Turning Catalogers into Semantic Web Engineers, or, Out of the Catalog Drawer and onto the Internet Highway.
The Semantic Web often enters into discussions about the future of cataloging and the purpose of RDA. To meet users’ expectations catalogers must become Semantic Web engineers so the library catalog will get out of the drawer and onto the Internet highway. Speakers will address issues to consider as we approach the entrance ramp.
Bibliographic data in the Semantic Web – what issues do we face in getting it there?
Library catalogues use the bibliographic record as the unit of metadata, while the Semantic Web focuses on the metadata statement of a single bibliographic attribute. The presentation will discuss some of the issues arising from this paradigm shift, as well as the technical, legal, and economic barriers likely to be encountered in transforming legacy records into library linked data.
Encoding bibliographic data - The Things and Strings of the Semantic Web
RDA and the Semantic Web.
Does RDA play nice with the Semantic Web? If so, how? What RDA elements should be linked, and at what level of granularity? Some MARC fields might not lose information if they were treated as single elements, while others might benefit from greater analysis and control at a more granular level. If something can't be controlled, is it necessary to identify it separately?
Shelby E. Harken
ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section, Executive Board, Chair