Linked Library Data Interest Group

Sunday, June 29, 2014 -
8:30am to 10:00am

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Speaker: Jon Phipps

LITA/ALCTS Linked Library Data Interest Group at the ALA Annual meeting, Las Vegas. Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 8:30am to 10:00am. LVCC Room N237.

Jon Phipps, of Metadata Management, will present a talk on:

RDA and LOD -- FTW or WTF? : A Fair and Balanced Point of View.

Is RDA just ‘the rules’ or is it a robust bibliographic metadata model designed specifically to support rich, FRBRized, distributed LOD that just happens to come with several thousand ‘pages’ of rules? What’s this ‘unconstrained’ stuff? Why does RDA RDF have URIs I can’t ‘read’ and will never remember (and what are lexical aliases)? Why are there so many definitions for ‘Work’ anyway? How is RDA handling versioning and releases? How is RDA using Git and GitHub? Why does any of this matter to my data and, more importantly, me?

You’ve got questions? Maybe Jon Phipps has some answers (except for that last one). Jon is a partner in Metadata Management Associates, a consultancy specializing in, wait for it... metadata management, and has been collaborating with various groups of well-intentioned folks trying to define RDA as a data model for what seems like centuries, and thinks that quite recently the JSC has pretty much nailed it.

A question and answer period and a lively managed discussion will follow the presentation.

Speaker biography: From an early start in the typesetting business writing software to support data conversion and publishing, Jon wandered into the Cornell portion of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) in late 2001 where they made the mistake of feeding him. Jon served as technical lead for the NSDL Core Integration Group at Cornell and Co-PI of the NSF-funded NSDL Registry (now the Open Metadata Registry (OMR)) and helped build the ground-breaking metadata based infrastructure for the NSDL. He has been involved in standards development, both within the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative and as a member of the Semantic Web Deployment Working Group. While working with the latter group, Jon was co-editor of the W3C "SKOS Use Cases and Requirements" note, and co-editor of the update to the W3C "Best Practice Recipes for Publishing RDF Vocabularies" technical report. More recently, Jon has been contributing to the technical infrastructure behind the new version of the Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard.

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