Continuing the Conversation: RDA Vocabularies in the Semantic Web

By Daniel A. Freeman |


We just wrapped up the final session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future with Chris Oliver, Karen Coyle and Diane Hillmann. Diane Hillmann led today’s session, RDA Vocabularies in the Semantic Web. 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!

  • Why would you want to use RDA but not FRBR?
  • Can you clarify the terms entity, class, value and vocabulary?
  • What is an application profile and how does it fit into the Open Metadata Registry?
  • You mentioned the Appendices of RDA as being important. Could you repeat which ones we should be looking at and how we can use the RDA text to help understand vocabularies and relationships?
  • Do you have any practical tips or advice on how small to mid sized public libraries can make the transition to RDA vocabularies?

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

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.

Diane’s Slides:

RDA Vocabularies in the Semantic Web by Diane Hillmann