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NISO Webinar: We Know it When We See It: Managing "Works" Metadata

February 12, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

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About the Webinar

In the new models for describing information resources (FRBR, RDA, BIBFRAME), the conceptual essence of an item—referred to as a "Work"—is separated from the specific manifestations of the item—referred to as "Instances" or "Expressions". The work “Macbeth by Shakespeare” could have multiple forms or versions and exist in a variety of media, from a print copy of the play to a DVD of a live performance. Of equal importance in the new models is describing the relationship between a Work and its various Instances/Expressions. This represents an entirely different way of thinking about resource description for libraries and users.

While the new models are still in the early days of implementation, a number of efforts are already underway to describe resources using these new concepts and relationships. This webinar will explore how metadata descriptive systems are developing around the new notion of “Works”.


Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO

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Kristin Antelman, Associate Director for the Digital Library, North Carolina State University
The Use and Designation of "Works" in GOKb

The Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb) will make freely available high-quality, enriched metadata about electronic resources to support electronic resources management in libraries. GOKb’s approach to the “work” is pragmatic and designed to relate to how data providers and consumers across the metadata supply chain produce and use this metadata. GOKb will describe relationships between instances/manifestations of entities (which may or may not be considered “works”) over time, including through titles changes and publisher transfers, relationships that are not easily modeled in existing “work” frameworks such as FRBR.

Kristin Antelman has been Associate Director for the Digital Library at NCSU Libraries since 2002 with responsibility for IT, digital library development and library technical services. Kristin is currently working with the Kuali OLE project to develop a community source library management system, and is project lead on a new collaborative project between Kuali OLE and JISC to develop a community-managed open knowledgebase (Global Open Knowledgebase: GOKb).

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Magda El-Sherbini, MLS, Associate professor and Head, Collection Description and Access Department, Ohio State University Libraries
RDA's Impact on Library Technical and Public Services

This is a special opportunity for Public Services and Technical Services colleagues to learn about the biggest change in the library catalog, since AACR2, published in 1978. RDA (Resource Description and Access) is finally here and records are showing up in your catalogs. There are some concerns about how the new code will affect librarians and users. This presentation will focus on RDA’s impact on library technical and public services and how the new records will be integrated with the legacy records. There will also be discussion about methods catalogers can use to help facilitate this integration.

Magda El-Sherbini is head of The Ohio State University Libraries' Cataloging Department. In this capacity, she oversees the department’s cataloging activities. She supervises the department's four cataloging units as well as four faculty members and their respective staffs. In addition to her administrative duties, she serves on numerous library committees and is the author of numerous library publications. She served as a member of the ALA RDA Advisory Board, which addresses issues related to the online publishing of RDA, tests the product online and provides feedback to the publisher. She is also the author of RDA: Strategies for Implementation published in 2013 by ALA Editions.

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Godfrey Rust, Principal Data Architect for Ontologyx, Rightscom
Works as a Collection of "Rights" about a Content Object

Works - rather than manifestations - are the things whose usage is generally licensed by rightsholders, whether they are creators, publishers or anyone else in the supply chain, including libraries and other cultural institutions. Usage rights play a major role in determining what is or is not identified as a “work”: is there a fundamental conflict between the bibliographic and the commercial view, and if so how can this be managed? Can rights in works be effectively managed at all in a high-volume, granular digital environment? The Linked Content Coalition is a new consortium bringing together most of the global content standards bodies from all sectors to address cross-sector and interoperability problems, in which rights in works is a key issue. This presentation will review current practises, challenges we now face, and emerging initiatives for managing rights in works in the digital supply chain.

Godfrey Rust is a Director of Rightscom, the UK-based rights and metadata specialist consultancy. His current activities include being technical co-ordinator for the Linked Content Coalition, metadata co-ordinator for the EC-funded Rights Data Integration project and a member of the newly formed UK Copyright Hub partner board. He has over thirty years experience of information management in media and copyright, including managing the UK pop music charts, building the UK National Discography, being data services director for the UK music copyright societies, being the original technical lead of the copyright societies’ Common Information System and of the <indecs> framework, as well as data architecture work for commercial clients. He has contributed to many content standards and collaborated on a number of bibliographic projects including the RDA/ONIX Framework for content categorisation, which forms part of RDA.



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Registration closes on February 12, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (ET)

Registration Costs

  • NISO Member
    • $95.00 (US and Canada)
    • $109.00 (International)
  • NASIG Member
    • $95.00
  • Non-Member
    • $125.00 (US and Canada)
    • $149.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $49.00

Additional Information

  • Registration closes at 12:00 p.m. Eastern on February 12, 2014. Cancellations made by February 5, 2013 will receive a refund, less a $25 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.

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