Introduction to RDF and Ontologies for the Semantic Web – an ALCTS Preconference

Linked Data and Semantic Web applications hold potential for expressing bibliographic data in ways more flexible, powerful and openly sharable than MARC. While RDF provides the underlying data model, RDFS, OWL and SKOS provide the basis for creating vocabularies and "ontologies," machine-actionable models that bring structure to RDF. This workshop provides a beginner's level introduction for non-IT librarians to these behind-the-scenes models. It focuses primarily on ontologies as models of the entities in a knowledge domain and the relationships among those entities. It includes examples from cultural heritage metadata communities as well as some hands-on exercises. The workshop will be useful for those who want to have an understanding of RDF and ontology modeling concepts and terminology so as to better understand and participate in current discussions on Linked Data and Semantic Web for cultural heritage metadata.

Join your colleagues for this important one day event -
Thursday, June 27, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Chicago, IL.

This preconference is presented by Steven J. Miller, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Information Studies

Steven Miller is a senior lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Information Studies. He teaches MLIS courses on information organization, metadata, information architecture, RDF and ontologies. Miller worked as a professional cataloger and head of a cataloging department for many years before moving into teaching full time. He has been active in various professional organizations, including ALCTS and has given numerous presentations and workshops on cataloging, metadata, RDA and other related topics. He is the author of the book "Metadata for Digital Collections," published by Neal-Schuman in May 2011. His professional webpage is

Registration for the 2013 ALA Annual Conference is NOT required to attend this preconference.

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Preconference Event Code: ALC2

Registration Fees: $219 ALCTS member, $269 ALA member, $319 non-member, $99 retired members and students

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association