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DCMI News 2017

Webinar: From MARC silos to Linked Data silos? Data models for bibliographic Linked Data

2017-02-02, Many libraries are experimenting with publishing their metadata as Linked Data to open up bibliographic silos, usually based on MARC records, to the Web. The libraries who have published Linked Data have all used different data models for structuring their bibliographic data. Some are using a FRBR-based model where Works, Expressions and Manifestations are represented separately. Others have chosen basic Dublin Core, dumbing down their data into a lowest common denominator format. And still others are using variations of BIBFRAME. The proliferation of data models limits the reusability of bibliographic data. In effect, libraries have moved from MARC silos to Linked Data silos of incompatible data models. There is currently no universal model for how to represent bibliographic metadata as Linked Data, even though many attempts for such a model have been made.

In this webinar, by Osma Suominen of the National Library of Finland, will present: (1) a survey of published bibliographic Linked Data, the data models proposed for representing bibliographic data as RDF, and tools used for conversion from MARC records; (2) an analysis of different use cases for bibliographic Linked Data and how they affect the data model; and (3) recommendations for choosing a data model.

For additional information and to register, visit the webinar's webpage at http://dublincore.org:/resources/training/#2017suominen. Registration is managed by ASIS&T.

DC-2017 Call of Participation published

2017-03-03, The DC-2017 Call for Participation (CfP) has been published. DC-2017 will take place in Washington, D.C. and will be collocated with the ASIST Annual Meeting. The theme of DC-2017 is "Advancing metadata practice: Quality, Openness, Interoperability". The conference program will include peer reviewed papers, project reports, and poster tracks. In addition, an array of presentations, panels, tutorials and workshops will round out the program. The Conference Committee is seeking submissions in all tracks. The CfP is available at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/index.php/IntConf/dc-2017/schedConf/cfp.

Webinar: Data on the Web Best Practices: Challenges and Benefits

2017-03-03, There is a growing interest in the publication and consumption of data on the Web. Government and non-governmental organizations already provide a variety of data on the Web, some open, others with access restrictions, covering a variety of domains such as education, economics, e-commerce and scientific data. Developers, journalists, and others manipulate this data to create visualizations and perform data analysis. Experience in this area reveals that a number of important issues need to be addressed in order to meet the requirements of both publishers and data consumers.

In this webinar, Bernadette Farias Lóscio, Caroline Burle dos Santos Guimarães and Newton Calegari will discuss the key challenges faced by publishers and data consumers when sharing data on the Web. We will also introduce the W3C Best Practices set (https://www.w3.org/TR/dwbp/) to address these challenges. Finally, we will discuss the benefits of engaging data publishers in the use of Best Practices, as well as improving the way data sets are made available on the Web. The webinar will be presented on two separate dates, once in Portuguese (30 March) and again in English (6 April).

For additional information and to register for either the Portuguese or English version, visit the webinar's webpage at http://dublincore.org:/resources/training/#2017DataBP. Registration is managed by DCMI's partner ASIS&T.

Webinar: Nailing Jello to a Wall: Metrics, Frameworks, & Existing Work for Metadata Assessment

2017-03-24, With the increasing number of repositories, standards and resources we manage for digital libraries, there is a growing need to assess, validate and analyze our metadata - beyond our traditional approaches such as writing XSD or generating CSVs for manual review. Being able to further analyze and determine measures of metadata quality helps us better manage our data and data-driven development, particularly with the shift to Linked Open Data leading many institutions to large-scale migrations. Yet, the semantically-rich metadata desired by many Cultural Heritage Institutions, and the granular expectations of some of our data models, makes performing assessment, much less going on to determine quality or performing validation, that much trickier. How do we handle analysis of the rich understandings we have built into our Cultural Heritage Institutions’ metadata and enable ourselves to perform this analysis with the systems and resources we have?

This webinar with Christina Harlow, Cornell University Library, sets up this question and proposes some guidelines, best practices, tools and workflows around the evaluation of metadata used by and for digital libraries and Cultural Heritage Institution repositories. The goal is for webinar participants to walk away prepared to handle their own metadata assessment needs by using existing works and being better aware of the open questions in this domain. For additional information and to register, go to http://dublincore.org/resources/training/#2017harlow.

ZBW German National Library of Economics joins DCMI as Institutional Member

2017-03-24, ZBW German National Library of Economics - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics is the world's largest research infrastructure for economic literature, online as well as offline. Its disciplinary repository EconStor provides a large collection of more than 127,000 articles and working papers in Open Access. EconBiz, the portal for international economic information, allows students and researchers to search among nine million datasets. The ZBW edits two journals in economic policy, Wirtschaftsdienst and Intereconomics, and in cooperation with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy produces the peer-reviewed journal Economics based on the principle of Open Access. For information on becoming a DCMI Institutional Member, visit the DCMI membership page at http://dublincore.org/support/.

Sayeed Choudhury to deliver Keynote at DC-2017

2017-03-24, The Governing Board and the Chairs of the DC-2017 Program Committee are please to announce that Sayeed Choudhury, Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University will deliver the keynote address at DC-2017 in Washington, D.C. Choudhury has oversight for data curation research and development and data archive implementation at the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University. Choudhury is a President Obama appointee to the National Museum and Library Services Board. He is a member of the Executive Committee for the Institute of Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) based at Johns Hopkins. He is also a member of the Board of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and a member of the Advisory Board for OpenAIRE2020. He has been a member of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information, the ICPSR Council, the DuraSpace Board, Digital Library Federation advisory committee, Library of Congress' National Digital Stewardship Alliance Coordinating Committee, Federation of Earth Scientists Information Partnership (ESIP) Executive Committee and the Project MUSE Advisory Board. He is the recipient of the 2012 OCLC/LITA Kilgour Award. Choudhury has testified for the U.S. Research Subcommittee of the Congressional Committee on Science, Space and Technology. For additional information, see http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/keynote17.

Webinar: Me4MAP - A method for the development of metadata application profiles

2017-04-21, A metadata application profile (MAP) is a construct that provides a semantic model for enhancing interoperability when publishing data to the Web of Data. When a community of practice agrees to follow a MAP's set of rules for publishing data as Linked Open Data, it makes it possible for such data to be processed automatically by software agents. Therefore, the existence of a method for MAP development is essential to providing developers with a common ground on which to work. The absence of such a method leads to a non-systematic set of MAP development activities that frequently results in MAPs of lesser quality. This Webinar with Mariana Curado Malta, Polythecnic of Oporto, Portugal, will present Me4MAP, a method for the development of metadata application profiles. The webinar will be presented twice, once in English and once in Portuguese. For more information about the webinar and to register, visit http://dublincore.org/resources/training/#2017Malta.

NKOS Workshop at DC-2017 in Washington, DC

2017-04-21, The 11th U.S. Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) Workshop will take place on Saturday, October 28 as part of DC-2017 in Crystal City, VA (Washington, D.C.). The Call for Participation including presentations and demos is available at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/nkosCall.

Webinar: How to Design & Build Semantic Applications with Linked Data

2017-05-19, This webinar, presented by Dave Clarke, co-founder and CEO of the Synaptica® group of companies, will demonstrate how to design and build rich end-user search and discovery applications using Linked Data. The Linked Open Data cloud is a rapidly growing collection of publicly accessible resources, which can be adopted and reused to enrich both internal enterprise projects and public-facing information systems. The webinar will use the Linked Canvas application as its primary use-case. Linked Canvas is an application designed by Synaptica for the cultural heritage community. It enables high-resolution images of artworks and artifacts to be catalogued and subject indexed using Linked Data. The talk will demonstrate how property fields and relational predicates can be adopted from open data ontologies and metadata schemes, such as DCMI, SKOS, IIIF and the Web Annotation Model. Selections of properties and predicates can then be recombined to create Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS) customized for business applications. The demonstration will also illustrate how very-large-scale subject taxonomies and name authority files, such as the Library of Congress Name Authority File, DBpedia, and the Getty Linked Open Data Vocabularies collection, can be used for content enrichment and indexing.

To register and for more information about the webinar and presenter, visit http://dublincore.org/resources/training/#2017clarke.

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