Thursday, June 21, 2012

Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee Update Forum.

The Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee (CRCC) has announced the agenda for their Update Forum. If you can't be there in person, it will be webcast, Monday, June 25, 2012 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Thanks.
Adolfo Tarango, CJK, Serials, and Shared Cataloging Division Head, Metadata Services Department, University of California, San Diego - CRS Rep to CC:DA report

Regina Reynolds, Director, U.S. ISSN Center - in addition to her ISSN report, Regina will also talk about the recently released PIE-J report available at:

Les Hawkins, CONSER Program Coordinator-in addition to his LC/CONSER report, Les will also give a report on CONSER RDA documentation and training plans.
CONSER has developed three RDA serials cataloging tools to document CONSER core RDA elements and provide advice on coding and cataloging decision making. The tools have been made available as resources on CONSER website and in the RDA toolkit. CONSER has developed an RDA training plan based on the core RDA curriculum developed by LC and the CONSER core RDA elements.

Ed Jones, Bibliographic and Metadata Services Coordinator, National University, will discuss his forthcoming book, RDA and Serials Cataloging and the challenges he faced while writing it.

CRCC Update Forum, Monday, 1:30-3:30 pm, Hyatt Regency, Orange County, Pacific Room

For the first time we will also be simulcasting the Forum using the GoTo Meeting software. Web attendees will be able to ask questions via the software.

To attend the webcast (registration required) and to download the appropriate software:
Registration Web Link:

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Dewey as Linked Data

Exciting news from the Dewey weblog, the Dewey Classification is now available as linked data.
As announced on Monday at the seminar "Global Interoperability and Linked Data in Libraries" in beautiful Florence, an exciting new set of linked data has been added to All assignable classes from DDC 23, the current full edition of the Dewey Decimal Classification, have been released as Dewey linked data. As was the case for the Abridged Edition 14 data, we define "assignable" as including every schedule number that is not a span or a centered entry, bracketed or optional, with the hierarchical relationships adjusted accordingly. In short, these are numbers that you find attached to many WorldCat records as standard Dewey numbers (in 082 fields), as additional Dewey numbers (in 083 fields), or as number components (in 085 fields).

The classes are exposed with full number and caption information and semantic relationships expressed in SKOS, which makes the information easily accessible and parsable by a wide variety of semantic web applications.

Monday, June 18, 2012

VIAF and Wikipedia

There is a proposal on Wikipedia's Village Pump to write a bot to integrate VIAF numbers into creator articles. Comments are being sought.
There is a template {{Authority control}} which is in use on 4,000 pages to link to VIAF. We've determined ~260,000 more where the template would be useful with the corresponding VIAF number. This project and template serve the educational goal of linking more information about Creators. VIAF contains information that is not currently on the encyclopedia but would be useful if a reader wanted to learn more about their publishing history and preferred name forms etc. Are there any objections before we undertake the effort to write a bot add this template?

Dublin Core News

A couple of news items from DCMI.
DCMI Metadata Terms published with RDFa markup

A maintenance release of DCMI Metadata Terms, published today, now includes HTML markup describing all of its properties, classes, datatypes, and vocabulary encoding schemes in machine-readable RDF in accordance with the new W3C RDFa Lite 1.1 specification. RDFa Lite 1.1, published as a W3C Recommendation on 7 June 2012, is the simplest variant of RDFa, a syntax for embedding structured data in Web pages. A Web page with RDFa provides -- in the same source document -- both the human-readable text rendered on-screen by browsers and the detailed machine-readable representation needed by Semantic Web applications. The publication software used by DCMI for the past decade was modified and extended to support RDFa by Hugh Barnes, Gregg Kellogg, and Mitsuharu Nagamori with help from Manu Sporny, Tom Baker, Dan Brickley, and Jon Phipps. All of the software and data used to generate this documentation is available from an open-source repository on GitHub.

DCMI Metadata Terms available in multiple formats via content negotiation

Following the W3C guidelines "Best Practice Recipes for Publishing RDF Vocabularies", documentation of DCMI's metadata terms may now be requested by Web browsers and software applications in several formats. For example, an RDF description of the DCMI property "Title" may be requested as a file in RDF/XML or Turtle syntax, via HTTP content negotiation, or as an HTML page with an RDF representation embedded in its markup using RDFa. Since March 2000, users navigating to the URI in a Web browser have been shown a difficult-to-read RDF/XML schema. Browsers will now display a human-readable HTML document, and most browsers will take users to the spot in the page where the property "Title" is defined. DCMI's implementation of content negotiation was undertaken by Jon Phipps with assistance from Tom Baker and Jinho Park. Interested software implementers are invited to inspect, comment on, contribute to, or raise issues about the approach taken, which is fully documented in an open-source repository on GitHub.