Continuing the Conversation: New Models of Metadata

By Daniel A. Freeman |

Earlier today, we held the first session of our three-part workshop, Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future. The session, New Models of Metadata with Karen Coyle, was a huge success--there were so many questions that we didn't have time to answer or resolve the conversation on all of them. The following are some questions for continued discussion. Karen Coyle will be chiming in via comments--please join her.

  • Are see online catalogs and/or metasearch "discovery" systems morphing along with semantic web, or will there be a big migration from online catalogs to something else entirely different?

  • The transition to RDA and the Semantic Web is coming at a time when institutions are looking to cut costs, with cataloging being a great expense.  This all sounds nice, but like it will put a great strain on already overburdened catalogers. Knowing all these relationships, adding in that data, yet trying to do this with less staff.  How will this work?  It may be considered necessary for libraries to compete, but how will it be affordable?

  • Is cataloging a creative profession? If so, how?

  • Why is RDA being created? If MARC wasn't broken, why are we fixing it? Did users ask for it?


Karen's presentation can be found at:

Karen's web site, with links to more information

Linked Data

RDA in the Open Metadata Registry

Dewey Summaries in Semantic Web format

Library of Congress site for Semantic Web controlled lists

WorldCat Identities

Freebase, a database of linked data

The Open Library

The W3C Linked Library Data group