Library Models and Standards, and Their Availability in the Semantic Web

Gordon Dunsire, Francoise Leresche, Mirna Willer


The workshop will discuss the impact of the Internet and World Wide Web on library processes and services from the point of view of its bibliographic standards and models, specifically the process of transforming metadata into library linked data. The workshop will begin with an introduction to the W3C standard for the Semantic Web – the Resource Description Framework (RDF), its semantics and syntax - and with a short overview of activities in cultural heritage institutions in expressing their standards, vocabularies, etc., in it. Description of recent activities in expressing IFLA standards and models in RDF using Open Metadata Registry space for publishing them will be used as a case study to discuss problems and explain solutions reached so far. Relations (links) between and among standards and models that need to interoperate data will be discussed in the light of the recent IFLA ISBD (International Standard Bibliographic Description) and JSC RDA (Resource Description & Access) harmonization process. The second part of the workshop will focus on the transformation of a traditional catalogue record into RDF triples, and their visualization as RDF graphs. BnF's work on Open Linked Data will be used to demonstrate how RDF allows different schema to be represented in a common format. The workshop will explore how to link the sample resources via their triples.

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