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The Thing-athon is a hackathon for metadata created using RDA: Resource
Description and Access and the RDA editor RIMMF, where catalogers,
developers, and vendors get together to explore RDA and its application
beyond the MARC environment. The Thing-athon is based on the Jane-athons
<http://rballs.info/topics/p/jane/janeathon.html> that focus on Jane Austen
and her works; these have been a great success and a lot of fun. So make
sure to include our event in your conference plans.

The Thing-athon is as a ticketed event
<http://2016.alamidwinter.org/ticketedevents> at ALA Midwinter 2016 in
Boston and will take place on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at the Lamont
Library on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge. It will be a
day-long event, running from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. A pizza lunch will be
provided.

If you are attending or thinking of attending this event, follow this link
to register for the pre-event live online RIMMF training session scheduled
for December 15, 2015 from 1:00-3:00 PM (EST):
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2079250526215448578

Special Topics

Each of the following topics will be the focus of one or more collaborative
teams/tables during the RIMMFing session on the day. Each team will contain
4-6 members and have an expert leader, and/or access to a roving expert
coach. RIMMF may be used to illustrate the issues discussed. Teams and
individuals may focus on specific examples within the topics.

New to RDA and RIMMF?

Explore the basic features of pure RDA using RIMMF, the RDA data editor, by
working in groups or individually on one of the following scenarios
commonly encountered in academic and research libraries.

Digitization. A focus on how RDA relates metadata for digitized resources
to the metadata for original resources, and how RIMMF can be used to
improve the quality of MARC 21 records during digitization projects.

Digitizing a printed resource creates at least one new Manifestation of the
same Expression; in fact, each online format is a separate Manifestation
requiring different software and hardware.

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   Find a digitized resource online and use RIMMF to find and import a MARC
   record for the original resource.
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   Make the FRBRized data compliant with DA using the online source of
   information.
   - Clone the data for the original resource for each digitized
   manifestation, adjust as necessary, and link the resources.
   - Export the RDA/RIMMF data for each manifestation as  MARC records, and
   compare the results with the imported MARC record.


Undergraduate editions. A focus on issues of multiple editions that have
little or no change in content, vs. significant changes in content, and how
RDA accommodates the different scenarios.

FRBR and RDA are based on a separation of content data from carrier data.
If the content changes, a new Expression is required; if the carrier
changes, a new Manifestation is required. Undergraduate textbooks, covering
STEM
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science,_Technology,_Engineering,_and_Mathematicshttps:/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science,_Technology,_Engineering,_and_Mathematics>
subjects for instance, are often published with new editions statements;
when this happens, the carrier identification data for a textbook will have
changed, but that does not necessarily mean that the content of the new
publication has actually changed.

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   Use RIMMF to find and import MARC records or create native RDA data for
   examples of different publications of the same undergraduate work
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   Provide the identifying data for the different publications
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   If content in the new publication has changed, provide new content data
   as new Expression data
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   Create relationship links between the data for the various editions


Interested in RDA and linked data for academic, research, and special
collections?

Contribute to the development of RDA in group discussion on topics faced by
institutional repositories and other types of special collection, using
RIMMF and real RDA data to illustrate the issues and explore ways to
resolve them.

Strings vs things. A focus on replacing strings in metadata with URIs for
things. Higher education and research library data tend to store
human-readable labels rather than machine-readable identifiers. If the
labels for names and titles do not use linked authority control, relating
the underlying things must rely on matching strings, whether they are
transcribed or recorded as access points.

The RSC is developing RDA’s “four-fold path” for relationship data in light
of RDF linked data and the forthcoming consolidated FRBR model.

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   Discuss the differences between structured and unstructured data,
   transcribed and recorded data, and linked data, and their impact on
   cataloging and retrieval services.


Institutional repositories, archives and scholarly communication. A focus
on issues in relating and linking data in institutional repositories and
archives with library catalogs. Institutional repositories and archives
hold a wide range of resources associated with teaching and research. Many
of the repository resources are often intrinsically related, such as
conference presentations, pre-prints, and final published papers, as is
recognized in the Scholarly Works Application Profile
<http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/repositories/digirep/index/Scholarly_Works_Application_Profile>,
based on the same FRBR model as RDA. The resource creators also have
complex relationships with each other and with academic departments,
institutions, and research groups.

The RSC wishes to develop RDA to meet the needs of institutional
repositories and archives.

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   Discuss the element and vocabulary refinements and extensions for RDA
   that will support the use of application profiles for academic
   communication, including relationship designators for agents involved in
   the process of research collaboration and publication, and categorization
   of scholarly resources.

Rare materials and RDA. A continuing discussion on the development of RDA
and DCRM2 begun at the JSC meeting and the international seminar on RDA and
rare materials
<https://catandindexgroup.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/rda-rare-materials-seminar-edinburgh-6th-november-2/>
held in November 2015.

The RSC has prioritized the development of RDA to meet the needs of special
collection, archive, and museum communities for rare and unpublished
resources.

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   Contribute to the discussions ongoing from the recent JSC meeting and
   the subsequent RLS-athon <http://rballs.info/topics/p/rls/rlsathon1/> on
   RDA’s treatment of rare materials, including accommodation and guidance for
   transcription data, differentiation of Item and Manifestation, etc.