Zepheira CEO Eric Miller will be providing the keynote presentation for the 2014 Annual Semantic Web in Libraries (SWIB) conference on December 2, in Bonn, Germany. The SWIB conference aims to provide substantial information on LOD developments relevant to the library world and to foster the exchange of ideas and experiences among practitioners. The following is an abstract of Dr. Miller’s talk.
Moving from MARC: How BIBFRAME moves the Linked Data in Libraries conversation to large-scale action
As the Library of Congress looked to the future of MARC, they looked to Linked Data principles and Web standards as the foundation of BIBFRAME. Libraries have an extensive history with MARC as a sophisticated and highly customized descriptive vocabulary with billions of records spread across systems and providers. In order to recognize the value of connecting this legacy in new and contemporary ways, BIBFRAME’s design is intentionally extensible with Profile-based vocabularies, flexible transformation utilities, and iterative linking strategies. The migration from MARC to BIBFRAME offers the most widely actionable opportunity for libraries to adopt Linked Data as a foundation of their Web visibly and internal operations.
This session will include a review of tools we have used in helping libraries:
- Evaluate their current data
- Define local data priorities
- Perform large-scale transformation
- Create profile-based definitions for original content
- Move beyond simply representing legacy data to take full advantage of the Linked Data nature of vocabularies like BIBFRAME and schema.org