Continuing the Conversation: New Models of Metadata

By Daniel A. Freeman |


We just wrapped up the second session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future with Chris Oliver, Karen Coyle and Diane Hillmann. Karen Coyle led today’s session, New Directions in Metadata. Here are some questions that came up based on what we discussed today, as well as some resources from the event. Whether you attended or not, feel free to chime in via the comments area with questions or comments--Chris, Karen and Diane will be part of the discussion as well!

  • If you have a Web of data, do you still have bibliographic records?
  • How would we deal with copyright if we make our data available in this way, especially with the recent restrictions that OCLC has tried to place on their records?
  • Does the long history of library use of controlled vocabularies give us a leg up on moving to linked data? Or is it still a problem in making them machine-readable?
  • Do you think the trend toward goverment data could resonate into the library world. Would LC records be considered government data?
  • Is there any limitation with links only going in one direction? Would you need to create two links to express a relationship--one for the relationship and one for the inverse relationship?
  • Is there a danger of creating false or weak relationships between things?

You can also chime in on Twitter. The hashtag is #libdata

Karen’s page of links:

The preliminary readings for this workshop were:

Karen Coyle: Understanding the Semantic Web: Bibliographic Data and Metadata, Chapters 1 and 2

Diane Hillmann, Karen Coyle, Jon Phipps and Gordon Dunsire: RDA Vocabularies: Process, Outcome, Use

(Webcast) Barbara Tillett: What RDA Is and Isn't

RDA Prospectus:

(Presentation with Slides and Notes) Tom Delsey: Moving Cataloguing into the 21st Century.

RDA Scope and Structure

Bowen, Jennifer and David Lindahl. RDA and the eXtensible Catalog.

Karen’s Slides:
New Models of Metadata