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Vocabulary Development for Local Use: A DIY Introduction

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Presented on Saturday, June 25 at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando Florida. The presentation was sponsored by the ALCTS CaMMs Copy Cataloging Interest Group

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Vocabulary Development for Local Use: A DIY Introduction

  1. 1. Vocabulary Development for Local Use A DIY Introduction
  2. 2. Why Local Vocabularies? O Better recognition of the need for local services O Increased understanding of the limits of shared centralized vocabularies O Movement of responsibility from central node to decentralized control O Availability of tools to develop and maintain local vocabularies (and vocabulary extensions) 6/24/16Vocabulary Development for Local Use 2
  3. 3. Where to Start O Determining need and scope O Learning the basics of vocabulary development and maintenance O Building local expertise and documentation O Evaluating tools O http://www.asindexing.org/about-indexing/thesauri/thesaurus- management-software/ Many have costs; vary in sophistication O http://metadataregistry.org/ Free, oriented towards libraries O Determining maintenance and review policies 6/24/16Vocabulary Development for Local Use 3
  4. 4. Open Metadata Registry (OMR) Disclosure: I’ve been involved in this project for over a decade. I’m not selling anything: it’s free and open to anyone 6/24/16Vocabulary Development for Local Use 4
  5. 5. OMR Services O Simple development, publishing and maintenance of element and concept vocabularies O Use the OMR domain (http://metadataregistry.org) for URIs or your own O Apply statuses for review periods, to build a community to manage and maintain O Make published vocabularies available in a variety of formats 6/24/16Vocabulary Development for Local Use 5
  6. 6. Ex.: Langsdale Game Genre Headings “Descriptors for games in the collection of Langsdale Library, University of Baltimore. The descriptors are entered into the library's catalog records, indexed as subjects. They are tagged in the MARC records in OCLC as 655 _7, $2 local, $5 MdBU. The library's catalog is available at http://ubalt.worldcat.org/. Work in progress.” 6/24/16Vocabulary Development for Local Use 6
  7. 7. Ex.: Museo Reina Sofia 6/24/16Vocabulary Development for Local Use 7
  8. 8. Ex.: National Library of Scotland 6/24/16Vocabulary Development for Local Use 8
  9. 9. Simple Steps O Go to http://metadataregistry.org O Figure out what you want to do! (properties or concepts?) O Register yourself and any group you wish to associate with your vocabulary O Name and describe your vocabulary O Establish your base URI O Add properties or concepts O Fill in definitions and other info 6/24/16Vocabulary Development for Local Use 9
  10. 10. What You Get O Ability to point others to your work, and get comments and suggestions O Pay attention to status—’new—under review’ implies not ready for prime time; ‘published’ says it’s ready for immediate use O [If you use our domain] URIs resolve immediately to the information you’ve provided; to use your domain, we’ll need to provide software to allow it to work properly 6/24/16Vocabulary Development for Local Use 10
  11. 11. Just Experimenting? O Try http://sandbox.metadataregistry.org O Caveats: might disappear, can’t yet be ported to the production file O Same steps, fewer services O Instructions available on site O Be aware things are changing as we upgrade software and services 6/24/16Vocabulary Development for Local Use 11
  12. 12. Contact Information Diane Hillmann metadata.maven@gmail.com Links: http://RDARegistry.info http://managemetadata.com/blog/ The First MetadataMobile (now driving MetadataMobile 3.0) Vocabulary Development for Local Use

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