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Life after MARC: Cataloging Tools of the Future


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Presented on October 16, 2015 at the Nebraska Library Association/Nebraska School Librarians Association conference

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Life after MARC: Cataloging Tools of the Future

  1. 1. Life After MARC: Cataloging Tools of the Future Emily Dust Nimsakont Head of Cataloging & Resource Management Schmid Law Library, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law NLA/NSLA Conference October 16, 2015 Photo credit:
  2. 2. What is Linked Data? Photo credit:
  3. 3. Wikipedia says… “Linked Data describes a method of publishing structured data, so that it can be interlinked and become more useful. It builds upon standard web technologies, such as HTTP and URIs - but rather than using them to serve web pages for human readers, it extends them to share information in a way that can be read automatically by computers.”
  4. 4. resource resource resource resource resource links to links to links to links to
  5. 5. data links to links to links to links to data data data data data data data data data data data
  6. 6. HTML <h1>This is a heading.</h1> <p>This is a paragraph.</p>
  7. 7. RDF/XML <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.recshop.fake/cd/Empi re Burlesque"> <cd:artist>Bob Dylan</cd:artist> <cd:country>USA</cd:country> <cd:company>Columbia</cd:company> <cd:price>10.90</cd:price> <cd:year>1985</cd:year> </rdf:Description>
  8. 8. We are used to connecting pieces of information based on their context. Title: A Christmas Carol Author: Charles Dickens Relationships are key. Photo credit:
  9. 9. Linked Data makes the relationships explicit (to computers!) subject object A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens has author predicate
  10. 10. <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.recshop.fake/cd/Empi re Burlesque"> <cd:artist>Bob Dylan</cd:artist> <cd:country>USA</cd:country> <cd:company>Columbia</cd:company> <cd:price>10.90</cd:price> <cd:year>1985</cd:year> </rdf:Description>
  11. 11. “Just as the traditional document Web can be crawled by following hypertext links, the Web of Data can be crawled by following RDF links. Working on the crawled data, search engines can provide sophisticated query capabilities... Because the query results themselves are structured data, not just links to HTML pages, they can be immediately processed, thus enabling a new class of applications based on the Web of Data.” Chris Bizer, Richard Cyganiak, and Tom Heath How to Publish Linked Data on the Web
  12. 12. Why should librarians care about Linked Data? Photo credit:
  13. 13. “…the Library community’s data carrier, MARC, is ‘based on forty-year-old techniques for data management and is out of step with programming styles of today.’” “…something new is now needed…” “The new bibliographic framework project will be focused on…Linked Data principles and mechanisms…” “A Bibliographic Framework for the Digital Age”
  14. 14. BIBFRAME Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative
  15. 15. OpenCat
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  17. 17. OpenCat
  18. 18. Web Visibility “When my community searches the web for something we have, we better show up as an option.” Chuck Gibson, Director & CEO Worthington Public Library “The Visible Library,” Library Journal Webcast, February 26, 2015
  19. 19. Library of Congress’s Summary 1. Libraries have a huge amount of identifiers 2. No other community does authorities like we do 3. We identify, structure, organize data in different ways 4. With BIBFRAME we can leverage existing Web standards make library content more visible on the Web 5. Translate MARC skills and practices into a Linked Data context
  20. 20. RIMMF RDA in Many Metadata Formats
  21. 21. RIMMF – Entity Index
  22. 22. BIBFRAME Editor – Zepheira Scribe
  23. 23. LC’s BIBFRAME Editor
  24. 24. LC’s BIBFRAME Comparison Service
  25. 25. MarcEdit’s MarcNext Options
  26. 26. Linked Data Options in OpenRefine
  27. 27. Questions? Emily Dust Nimsakont Schmid Law Library