I've started a research project on how online community information (CI) can be organised by libraries and other CI providers to effectively address the needs of both end-users and service providers. There appear to be few standards in this area, but there is, of course, the MARC Community Information Format, used by a number of public libraries, including some in Australia. Although the MARC CIF doesn't deal with bibliographic data as such, I guess this Initiative might look into its redevelopment as well?

Talking to CI providers here in Australia, it seems that there's plenty of scope, and need, for a new, RDF-aligned schema, consisting of the elements required to describe 'community resources' (services, groups, events, etc.). I think it would be good, from both a systems and linked data point of view, if this could be developed at the same time as the Initiative was looking at the encoding of the RDA/AACR/DC element sets, etc.


Assoc Prof Philip Hider
Head, School of Information Studies
Boorooma Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW 2678
Tel: +61 2 6933 2522
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