For immediate release | March 11, 2013

RDF and Ontologies for the Semantic Web: An ALCTS Preconference

CHICAGO - On Thursday, June 27, at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) brings you “Introduction to RDF and Ontologies for the Semantic Web.” This all-day preconference, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., introduces attendees to RDF and ontology modeling. Register through the 2013 ALA Annual Conference website. The cost for each: $219 for ALCTS members; $269 for ALA members; $99 for retired members and students; $319 for non-members. Select event ALC2.

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.

Speaker: 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

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