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NISO Virtual Conference: BIBFRAME & Real World Applications of Linked Bibliographic Data   

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
11:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

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About the Virtual Conference

In the four years since the Library of Congress launched the BIBFRAME project, a tremendous amount of progress has been made in transforming traditional bibliographic information into new structures that are more grounded in linked data and web-centric principles.  This virtual conference will explore implementations of BIBFRAME data and related approaches to sharing and interacting with bibliographic data.  Speakers will address active projects based on linked data and how those services are improving interactions and discovery of information resources.

Preliminary Agenda

11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. – Introduction
Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO

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11:10am - 11:45am Landscape and Current Status of BIBFRAME and Related Initiatives
Speaker: Shana McDanold, Unit Head, Metadata Services, Georgetown University

 Our opening keynote speaker will provide an orientation for attendees by reviewing the current state of the BIBFRAME model as an initiative. She will introduce those groups and players operating independently but in collaboration with the BIBFRAME group. Finally, she will ensure that attendees have a basic familiarity with basic concepts and/or vocabulary needed in understanding subsequent speakers.

11:45am - 12:15pm  BIBFRAME and BIBFRAME (Lite): A Deeper Dive
Speaker: Carolyn Hansen, Metadata Librarian, University of Cincinnati Libraries

This presentation will review BIBFRAME and BIBFRAME (Lite) in more depth. It will describe the vision and milestones for the initiative and will further cover active working areas, including vocabulary redevelopment, naming conventions, profiles, and authority. Challenges such as mapping to other ontologies, single versus multiple namespace approaches, and communication between stakeholders will also be discussed.

Carolyn Hansen is Metadata Librarian at the University of Cincinnati, where her responsibilities include the creation and management of metadata for physical and digital collections. She is a certified digital archivist, co-chair of the ALCTS/LITA MARC Formats Transition Interest Group, and chair of the Project Hydra Descriptive Metadata Interest Group. Carolyn has presented at international and national conferences about metadata standards and best practices, automated metadata transformations, authority control, and cataloging special formats.

12:15pm - 1:00pm  Preparation for Training/Undertaking Implementation

For those institutions where staff are about to embark on their own implementations, these two speakers will discuss the competencies and skillsets needed in working with library linked data. What current skillsets might be productively employed? What resources are available or under current development? What training options exist?

What Does A Metadata Professional Need to Know?
Speaker: Ted Lawless, Solutions Specialist, ThomsonReuters;


What does a metadata professional have to learn to begin working with linked data? How does one get started?

This talk with focus on concepts, tools, and techniques necessary to begin "doing" linked data. Worked examples will provide the audience with concrete ideas and resources for getting started with implementations.

Ted Lawless is a Solutions Specialist with Thomson Reuters' IP & Science division. He specializes in data integration and research profiling. He's an active member of the VIVO open source community. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters he spent several years developing and implementing software for academic libraries.

The PCC Standing Committee on Training: Advancing the Library Communities Understanding of Linked Data
Melanie Wacker, Metadata Coordinator, Columbia University


The current Strategic Directions of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging put the spotlight on the emerging linked data ontologies and vocabularies in the library domain, such as BIBFRAME, vocabularies on id.loc.gov, or the RDA Registry. The PCC Standing Committee on Training (PCC SCT) was charged to evaluate existing linked data training resources (the report is now available) and highlight areas where training materials have yet to be created so that library staff can develop the skill set necessary to be part of the ongoing experimentation and engage in the discussions as we move forward.

This part of the Webinar will focus on the work completed by the PCC SCT so far and our plans moving forward.

Melanie Wacker is Metadata Coordinator at Columbia University Libraries and Information Services. She works with colleagues across the organization to ensure the integration of digital metadata with local and national systems to enable information discovery. Her responsibilities include development of application profiles for digital collections, metadata creation, training and consultations, and NACO/SACO work. Melanie is active in several national and international committees and task forces and has published papers in Library Resources and Technical Services, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly and Journal of Library Metadata.

1:00pm - 1:45pm    Lunch

1:45pm - 2:15pm      Practical Preparation and Progress for Implementation
Speaker: Michael Lauruhn, Research Technology Director, Elsevier Labs

The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) is undertaking the Linked Data for Professional Education (LD4PE) project to develop an open data competency index and using it curate a collection of learning resources relevant to learning and teaching Linked Data. In this session we will give an overview on the Linked Data Competency Index and the skills that we see for various roles who are or will be working with Linked Data. In addition, we will discuss some of the feedback we have received so far about the competency index and give an view of the Exploratorium of learning resources.

● LD4PE competency index overview
● How other stakeholders (tech vendors, systems providers) from information community can participate/assist
● Areas of potential interest to broader community

Mike Lauruhn is a librarian currently working as Research Technology Director at Elsevier Labs. His research areas include Linked Data, taxonomies and ontologies, research data, and annotation and mark-up. He has been with Elsevier Labs for six years. Prior to that, he held consulting and technical positions helping large companies and organizations define and implement taxonomies and metadata schemas. Mike's earlier work experience includes being a cataloger for the California Newspaper Project.

2:15pm - 2:45pm     Case Study I: Princeton University: Encoding Annotations From Rare Books and Special Collections

This case study and each of the following case studies will feature the work of an institution actively engaged in the development of library linked data. Each case study will present a rationale for the specific project, outline the current status of the effort, and note both the unforeseen challenges encountered as well as the accomplishments and successes!
Speaker:  Tim A. Thompson, Metadata Librarian (Spanish/Portuguese Specialty), Princeton University Library


As part of the Linked Data for Production (LD4P) project, librarians at Princeton will be collaborating with colleagues from Cornell, Columbia, and the Bibliographic Standards Committee of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries to develop a BIBFRAME-compatible ontology for describing rare books and special collections. Princeton’s work will focus on adapting standards such as the Web Annotation Data Model and Vocabulary to encode handwritten dedications in the personal library of Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), which was acquired by the university in March 2015.

Tim Thompson is a Metadata Librarian at the Princeton University Library, where he is responsible for cataloging resources in Spanish and Portuguese and contributing to cooperative efforts such as BIBCO and NACO. He is actively engaged in efforts to advance linked data for libraries and archives and to help implement emerging standards such as BIBFRAME.

2:45pm - 3:15pm     Case Study II:  The Library of Congress BIBRAME Pilot: Assessment and Next Steps
Speaker: Beacher J.E. Wiggins, Director for Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access, Library of Congress


3:15pm - 3:30pm     Break

3:30pm - 4:00pm     Case Study III: The Library.Link Network - Shared Infrastructure for Growing Library Visibility with Linked Data
Speaker: Gloria Gonzalez, Library Strategist, Zepheira


This talk will provide an overview of the Library.Link Network (http://library.link). The Library.Link Network creates an industry-wide focus on the collective visibility of libraries and their resources on the Web. Libraries and memory organizations have rich content and resources that the Web can not see or use. The Library.Link Network delivers Visibility as a Service through locally branded, large scale, common infrastructure for libraries, providers, and partners to publish and use data with non-proprietary, web standards. Libraries can then communicate in a way Web applications understand and Web users can see through the use of enabling technology like Linked Data and shared vocabularies such as schema.org and Bibframe. The Library.Link Network uniquely prioritizes the linking of these newly exposed library resources to each other and to other resources across the Web, a critical requirement of increased Web visibility.

Gloria Gonzalez is the Library Strategist at Zepheira and the Library.Link Network. Gloria helps academic and public libraries, archives, and rare book libraries incorporate Linked Data technology into their work. Previously, she was the Digital Archivist at the UCLA Library and a Junior Fellow at the Library of Congress. Gloria has an MLIS degree from UCLA

4:00pm - 4;30pm    Case Study IV: Authority Reconciliation in the Linked Data Ecosystem
Speaker: Carl Stahmer, Director of Digital Scholarshp, University of California, Davis Library


Linked Data makes it possible to contextualize traditional library catalogue records within a web of interconnected information. Unlike traditional cataloguing systems that depended on the adoption of strict, common ontologies to insure interconnectedness, the Link in Linked Data rests primarily on the adoption of common or connected Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI) across the network. This session will present possible workflows for reconciling URI’s based on research into library workflows conducted as part the IMLS supported BIBFLOW project at UC Davis.

Carl G. Stahmer, PhD is the Director of Digital Scholarship at the University Library, University of California, Davis, in which capacity he oversees a variety of digital initiatives on campus. He also serves as Associate Director for Humanities at the UC Davis Data Science Initiative, Associate Director for Technology at the Advanced Research Consortium, Institute for Digital Humanities Media and Culuture, Technical Director of the English Short Title Catalogue, and Associate Director of the English Broadside Ballad Archive. He is also a member of the teaching faculty at Rare Book School, University of Virginia.

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion 

Moderated by: Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO


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    • $80.00

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  • Cancellations made by Wednesday, June 8, 2016 will receive a refund, less a $35 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.
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