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[excuse cross-postings to other lists; this announcement has been posted to
the JSC website:  http://www.rda-jsc.org/Jane-athon.html]


The world's first full Jane-athon took place January 30, 2015 in Chicago
during ALA Midwinter. This hackathon for creating RDA linked data about the
works of Jane Austen and related resources was attended by over 60
delegates from 55 institutions. Individually, or in clusters led by
experienced, knowledgeable volunteers, the delegates used RIMMF (RDA in
Many Metadata Formats) to create RDA/FRBR entity records from imported MARC
21 records or as born-RDA, and link them using RDA designators. RIMMF is an
editor for data that conforms to RDA Toolkit and the RDA Registry.

From a starting base of 75 entities for Jane and her best-known Works, and
just a few of their Expressions and Manifestations, Jane-athon players
spent two and a half hours RIMMFing to add 126 Works, 117 Expressions, 134
Manifestations, 240 Persons, and 64 Corporate bodies to the RIMMF-ball.
Coaches were on hand to provide tactical support, settle professional
differences of opinion, and note down issues for later consideration by the
JSC. They were kept busy. After the session, and lunch, everyone took part
in a de-briefing to reflect on the experience, review the results, and look
at the bigger picture. The RIMMF-balls of data from each contributor were
merged into a super ball, and that was converted into an RDF-ball suitable
for open linked data. Discussion on issues of duplication of RIMMF records
for the same entity and the need for a shared infrastructure for RDA data
creation and maintenance segued into consideration of the context of linked
data and its accommodation of multiple points of descriptive view.

A wide range of Jane-related resources was brought by participants, from
Sense and sensibility to Seamonsters and Zombies, from Jane dolls to
tattoos and tea strainers, a small inkling of Austen's influence on
cultural heritage and a real test of RDA's ability to describe all kinds of
content and carrier.

During the pre-session warm-up, delegates were exhorted to have fun. They
seem to have done just that: "Awesome!"; "Like trying to think about time
travel"; "We'll need to talk more about relationships and where they
belong"; "Cool and fun and nice" - you had to be there!

The JSC welcomes this demonstration of RDA's ability to describe a wide
range of resources and produce well-formed linked data, and the
opportunities a Jane-athon offers for discussion and feedback on ways of
developing RDA.

For more information, see:

*The first Jane-athon [http://rballs.info/topics/p/jane/janethon1/]
<http://rballs.info/topics/p/jane/janethon1/> with links to slides, social
media, and Jane data.

*A Summary of Participant Responses to the First Jane-athon
[http://rballs.info/topics/p/jane/janethon1/survey/results.html]
<http://rballs.info/topics/p/jane/janethon1/survey/results.html>.

*The RDA data created during the Jane-athon in raw unedited form
[http://rballs.info/topics/p/jane/jane1raw.html]
<http://rballs.info/topics/p/jane/jane1raw.html>. It can be viewed and
edited using RIMMF, available for free download
[http://www.marcofquality.com/wiki/rimmf3/doku.php?id=download&nocache]
<http://www.marcofquality.com/wiki/rimmf3/doku.php?id=download&nocache>.
The data is also available as linked data in a triple store
[http://3store.rballs.info:10035/repositories/janeathon-ala2015]
<http://3store.rballs.info:10035/repositories/janeathon-ala2015>. A curated
version of the data will be available soon, ready for the next Jane-athon.

*The r-balls website [http://rballs.info/] (RDA/RIMMF/RDF/record-balls)
<http://rballs.info/>

*The RDA Registry [http://rdaregistry.info] <http://rdaregistry.info>

*RDA Toolkit [http://access.rdatoolkit.org/] <http://access.rdatoolkit.org/>