Call for Proposals on the topic of metadata automation!

New technologies, collaborations, and ways of working have transformed metadata workflows. Have you implemented new tools to streamline your workflows? Are you experimenting with automated approaches to metadata creation? If so, we want to hear from you! Consider submitting your proposal for a 15 minute presentation at the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group session, followed by discussion.

Potential topics include:

  • Metadata automation workflows
  • Crowdsourcing metadata
  • Automated transcription
  • Automatic image recognition (e.g. facial/object recognition)

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Anne Washington (awashington@uh.edu) or Mingyan Li (mli5@uic.edu), ALCTS MIG Programming Co-Chairs.

Please fill out the submission form with your proposal abstract by Friday, November 16, 2018. The Metadata Interest Group meeting will take place during the 2019 ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle, WA on Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:30-10:00 am.

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Implementing Linked Open Data in the Real World Presentations Available

Implementing Linked Open Data in the Real World

Implementing Linked Open Data in the Real World at ALA 2018 on Saturday, June 23 at 10:30am was a program of the Metadata Interest Group. It included the three following presentations on exposing bibliographic and cultural heritage information as Linked Open Data. They introduced participants to Linked Open Data in the real world through both introductory and intermediate level content, including challenges inherent to moving towards a Linked Open Data ecosystem. By exploring beyond Linked Data theory, this program gave participants an in-depth view into the current state of the Linked Open Data movement within cultural heritage communities. The presentations and abstracts are included below.

Linked Data for Production: Pathway to Implementation (LD4P Phase 2)

Presented by Philip Schreur, PhD
Assistant University Librarian for Technical and Access Services
Stanford University Libraries

Abstract: Linked Data for Production: Pathway to Implementation (LD4P Phase 2) builds upon the foundational work of LD4P Phase 1 to begin the implementation of the cataloging community’s shift to linked data for the creation and manipulation of their metadata. A collaborative project among four institutions (Cornell, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Iowa) and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), this phase of LD4P will have seven goals: the creation of a continuously fed pool of linked data expressed in BIBFRAME; development of an expanded cohort of libraries capable of the creation and reuse of linked data through a cloud-based sandbox editing environment; the development of policies, techniques and workflows for the automated enhancement of MARC data with identifiers; the development of policies, techniques, and workflows for the creation and reuse of linked data as libraries’ core metadata; better integration of library metadata and identifiers with the Web through collaboration with Wikidata; the enhancement of a widely-adopted library discovery environment (Blacklight) with linked-data based discovery techniques; and the orchestration of continued community collaboration through the development of an organizational framework called LD4. Taken together, these seven goals will create a firm foundation on which to build libraries transition to linked data.

Presentation: Schreur_ImplementingLOD_ALAAC2018

Linked Data URI workflows at the Digital Virginias DPLA Hub

Presented by Jeremy Bartczak
Metadata Librarian
University of Virginia Library

Abstract: The University of Virginia (UVa.) Library is currently a Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) content hub with plans underway to transition into a regional hub administrator across the states of Virginia and West Virginia. As part of these efforts, UVa. and it’s partners (collectively called the Digital Virginias Hub) will ramp up the number of digital objects harvested by DPLA to around 50,000 by summer 2018. The opportunity to disseminate these unique resources to a broader national audience is even more intriguing when considered against the backdrop of future linked open data initiatives. Thanks to the flexibility of the DPLA Metadata Application Profile, hub metadata can include linked open data URIs as XML attribute values which are harvested and stored by DPLA. This presentation will share some of the strategies employed by the University of Virginia to add URIs to aggregated Qualified Dublin Core XML. In particular the discussion will highlight approaches within a local MODS context and against the backdrop of both new metadata record creation as well as enrichment of remediated legacy collections. The presentation will also cover data modeling challenges for mapping URIs from MODS to a custom Qualified Dublin Core XML hub aggregation schema, and discuss current and future benefits for adding URIs to data harvested by DPLA.

Presentation: Bartczak_LinkedDataDPLA_ALAAC2018

Rare Materials Ontology Extension: from Modeling to Implementation

Presented by Jason Kovari and Francis Lapka

Jason Kovari
Director of Cataloging & Metadata Services
Cornell University

Francis Lapka
Catalog Librarian
Yale Center for British Art

Abstract: Since April 2016, the RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee (BSC) has collaborated with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded Linked Data for Production project on the Rare Materials Ontology Extension. This work has focused on extending BIBFRAME to facilitate the descriptive needs of rare materials in areas such as physical condition, materials, bindings, exhibitions and much more. Between April 2016 and February 2018, the group focused most of its attention on modeling; this work has benefited from strong collaboration with ArtFrame and the ARLIS’ Cataloging Advisory Committee.
Starting February 2018, our focus is shifting to development of SHACL application profiles and implementing this work in VitroLib, an RDF-based, ontology agnostic cataloging tool being developed as part of the Linked Data for Libraries – Labs project. By ALA Annual, we will implement RareMat within an editor and test the modeling with catalogers. Our work to develop SHACL application profiles and implement in VitroLib will build on work at Cornell building tooling to facilitate cataloging of a Hip Hop LP collection.
In this talk, we will highlight discrete components of the modeling, detail the application profile process and discuss issues and opportunities in our VitroLib implementation. Further, we will discuss the administrative questions regarding long-term maintenance of this BIBFRAME extension and how it fits within BSC’s priorities.

Presentation: Kovari_OntologyExtension_ALAAC2018

More information about Metadata Interest Group Activities is available at: https://www.alcts.ala.org/metadatablog/2018/07/ala-annual-metadata-interest-group-meeting-report/

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ALA Midwinter 2018 Presentation Slides Available

The ALA Midwinter 2018 Presentation Slides are available through ALA Connect. The slides are also available below as attachments for your convenience.

Title: Developing A Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects: Project Update at the Metadata Interest Group, ALA Midwinter 2018

Presenter: Ayla Stein, Metadata Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Abstract: Content reuse, or how often and in what ways digital library materials are utilized and repurposed, is a key indicator of the impact and value of a digital collection. Traditional library analytics focus almost entirely on simple access statistics, which do not show how users utilize or transform unique materials digital collections. This lack of distinction, combined with a lack of standardized assessment approaches, makes it difficult to develop user-responsive collections or highlight the value of these materials. The grant project, Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects, an IMLS-funded project (LG-73-17-0002-17) by the Digital Library Federation Assessment Interest Group, is working to address this critical area. This presentation will illustrate the variety of ways digital library objects (including metadata) are being reused; share the results of the grant team’s work, including preliminary findings from the initial survey results as well as in-person and virtual focus groups sessions. The presentation will conclude with the team’s early findings and will engage the audience to contribute their feedback on the project and deliverables.

Developing A Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects

 

Title: National Strategy for Shareable Local Name Authorities

Presenter: Chew Chiat Naun, Head, Metadata Creation, Harvard University

Abstract: Libraries create local authorities to serve a variety of purposes, usually within an institutional context. It is becoming increasingly evident, however, that identities have much greater potential value if they can be shared. The IMLS Shareable Authorities forum brought together representatives from a wide range of stakeholders to explore themes including minimum viable specifications, data provider obligations, and reconciliation as a service. The objective of the forum is to identify services and practices that will be needed, and assumptions that will have to be made – or changed – to allow authorities to work across domains and at scale.

Presenter Bio: Chew Chiat Naun is a Graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and recently joined Harvard Library as Head of Metadata Creation. Previously he was at Cornell University, where he and his then colleagues hosted the first IMLS Shareable Local Authorities forum. He is active in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging and co-chairs (with Ed Jones) the Standing Committee on Standards.

IMLS Shareable Local Name Authorities

 

 

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Come Join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group at ALA Annual!

We hope to see you on Sunday, June 24th, 9:00am-10:00am in Room 298 of the Morial Convention Center (MCC).

Presentation (9:00am-9:30am)

Title: The Cataloging Lab: Encouraging Collaboration for a More Effective and Inclusive LCSH Proposal Process

Presenter: Violet Fox

Abstract: Applying Library of Congress Subject Headings is a large part of the subject analysis that catalogers perform every day, but most catalogers are unaware of the process of how headings are revised and added. The Cataloging Lab is a new wiki where anyone who is interested in making LCSH more responsive to users’ needs can work together with others to create proposals to add or change headings. By empowering all library workers to understand and contribute to the process of changing LCSH, we can emphasize the necessity for thoughtful collaboration to provide high quality, user-centered metadata.

Presenter Biography: Violet Fox is a cataloging and metadata expert in central Minnesota. She completed her MLIS at the University of Washington iSchool in 2013. Her research interests include the intricacies of zine cataloging and the ethical implications of classification.

Business Meeting (9:30am-10:00am)

Agenda is forthcoming!

Previous meeting minutes are available here: https://connect.ala.org/alcts/viewdocument/ala-midwinter-2018-metadata-inter?CommunityKey=45b67b1a-f188-4e33-988f-a491aae3f94c&tab=librarydocuments.

Please note that during the business meeting, the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group will be holding elections for incoming officers and welcomes nominations (feel free to nominate yourself!) for the following roles:

  • Vice Chair/Chair Elect
  • Program Co-Coordinator
  • Blog Coordinator

These positions are held for two years, and attendance at ALA annual and ALA midwinter is expected. The positions begin after ALA Annual, and would run from July 2018-June 2020. Please let Anna Neatour (anna.neatrour@utah.edu) know if you are interested in any of these positions and would like more information about working with the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group. This is a great opportunity to be more involved with the metadata community at ALA!

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ALCTS Metadata IG Presents: Implementing Linked Open Data in the Real World at ALA Annual in New Orleans

Going to ALA Annual in New Orleans?  Want to learn about ongoing linked data projects?  Then come join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group, in conjunction with the ALCTS/LITA Linked Library Data Interest Group, on Saturday, June 23 at 10:30-11:30am as they present “Implementing Linked Open Data in the Real World.”

This program will introduce participants to ongoing projects focused on linked data application, including challenges inherent to moving towards a Linked Open Data ecosystem. Presentation topics include:

  1. Linked Data for Production: Pathway to Implementation (LD4P Phase 2)
    Presented by Philip Schreur, PhD (Stanford University)
  2. Linked Data URI Workflows at the Digital Virginia’s DPLA Hub
    Presented by Jeremy Bartczak (University of Virginia)
  3. Rare Materials Ontology Extension: from Modeling to Implementation
    Presented by Jason Kovari (Cornell University) & Francis Lapka (Yale University)

This program is included with the full conference registration and will be held at the Morial Convention Center in room 392. Don’t forget to add it to your conference scheduler.

@LODLAM @ALCTS #metadataIG #alaac18 #alctsac18 #linkeddata

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Metadata Interest Group – Call for Nominations

Nominations are open for leadership roles in the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group! The ALCTS MIG welcomes nominations (feel free to nominate yourself!) for the following roles:

  • Vice Chair/Chair Elect
  • Program coordinator (2 people collaborate on programming, with overlap for one year)
  • Blog Coordinator

These positions are held for two years, and attendance at ALA annual and ALA midwinter is expected. The positions begin after ALA Annual, and would run from July 2018-June 2020. Please let Anna Neatrour (anna.neatrour@utah.edu) know if you are interested in any of these positions and would like more information about working with the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group. This is a great opportunity to be more involved with the metadata community at ALA!

Elections will be held during the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Annual Meeting, Sunday, June 24th from 9-10am.

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Midwinter Meeting Minutes Available

The minutes from the Metadata Interest Group’s 2018 Midwinter program and business meeting are now available at:

https://connect.ala.org/HigherLogic/System/DownloadDocumentFile.ashx?DocumentFileKey=4cd9c456-0cba-3f81-ca57-c0dc25e43776&forceDialog=0

Many thanks to Secretary Wendy Robertson!

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Call for Proposals on the Topic of Linked Open Data Implementation!

Exposing bibliographic and cultural heritage information as linked open data makes possible new modes of resource access and discovery. It also supports reuse and visualization of collections in novel ways. This program will introduce participants to linked open data in the real world through both introductory and intermediate level presentations on its application, including challenges inherent to moving towards a linked open data ecosystem.

Potential topics include:

  • Implementation of linked data project
  • Metadata analysis and evaluation
  • Linked open data visualizations
  • Entity reconciliation
  • Ontology alignment/mapping

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Darnelle Melvin (darnelle.melvin@unlv.edu) or Anne Washington (awashington@uh.edu), ALCTS MIG Programming Co-Chairs.

Please fill out the submission form with your proposal abstract by Wednesday, February 21, 2018. “Implementing Linked Open Data in the Real World” will take place during the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

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