ALCTS / LITA Metadata Standards Committee Committee
Present on call: Kevin Clair, Ed Kownslar, Jennifer Liss, Erik Mitchell, Bonnie Parks, Jenn Riley, Amy Rudersdorf, Lauren Corbett
- Discuss draft, Checklist for Future Metadata Standards: http://connect.ala.org/node/231421
- Committee was comfortable with the content and agreed that the draft would be ready with the addition of copy editing, harmonizing of points that could be combined (see Amy's suggestions), and the addition of an introductory paragraph that provides context and intended audience.
- ACTION ITEM: Committee members should enter their Gmail or Gmail-affiliated accounts in this [private] page: http://connect.ala.org/node/233134
- ACTION ITEM: Jenn R. will move text into a Google doc and invite committee to edit
- ACTION ITEM: Committee members complete all editing done by the close of the west coast business day on Thursday, January 15
- ACTION ITEM: Jennifer L. will send announcements for the Midwinter meeting agenda (with a link to the document) on Friday, January 16
- ALA Midwinter program--who are we inviting to help us talk about our checklist draft?
- Rather than wait a week, decided to reach out to the communities identified at the bottom of the Checklist page ASAP and ask if anyone in the group is able to attend ALA MW and provide feedback on draft; committee members volunteered (or were volunteered, based on that member's known connections) to reach out to communities--this info is also on the Checklist page
- ACTION ITEM: Committee members will email community groups with the raw version of the draft as it exists presently and ask whether someone from the organization is willing to give a 5-7 minute response to the draft document from their organizations point of view at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Chicago; date/time info about our meeting is here for reference: http://alamw15.ala.org/node/25670
- Finalize Midwinter business meeting agenda
- ACTION ITEM: Jennifer L will create a Connect page for our agenda
- ALA Annual co-sponsored program action items: information needed from speakers: contact information (ALCTS sends each a speaking agreement) and whether speaker intends to register for conference (otherwise, ALCTS issues speaker badges for free)
- Three speakers seemed adequate; there was a concern that the program content could be dense; with four speakers the content has the potential to overwhelm
- No one was convinced that paper handouts were needed (due to ALCTS May 20) but that this info should be passed onto our speakers, just in case they wanted to take advantage of the printing or early online access that ALCTS arranges
- ACTION ITEM: Jennifer L. will contact Seth and Nancy for this info and communicate opportunity for printing and electronic posting of handouts/slides
- ACTION ITEM: Jennifer L. will relay our discussion back to Roman and Cathy of Catalog Management IG
Conference Call Agenda
January 9, 2015
noon-1 pm EDT / 9-10 am PDT
Discuss draft, Checklist for Future Metadata Standards: http://connect.ala.org/node/231421
ALA Midwinter program--who are we inviting to help us talk about our checklist draft?
Finalize Midwinter business meeting agenda
ALA Annual co-sponsored program action items: Seth's contact info and whether Seth plans to register for Annual Conference
Conference Call Agenda 2014-10-15
12-1 pm EDT / 9-10 am PDT
- Identify meeting recorder
- Introductions and welcome committee RUSA rep, Edward Kownslar!
- Wrapping up MSC response to PCC ISBD report
- See statement in Connect, updated with Erik's edits: http://connect.ala.org/node/211280
- Update & Input on ALA Annual 2015 planning
- See Connect for the submitted (and accepted) Program Proposal Form, July phone call notes, September phone call notes
- Any comments (or suggestions) on the proposed program speakers? Any tweaks to the program abstract?
- Update on metaware website development & steps forward
- ALA Midwinter
- Do we wish to do a brief program followed by a business meeting?
- Agenda items for the meeting of the committee?
Metadata Standards Committee
Committee attendance: Denise Bennett, Kevin Clair (notes), Janet Lee-Smeltzer, Jon Solomon, Jenn Riley (co-chair), Eva Bolkovac (co-chair), Bonnie Parks, Erik Mitchell
2. Planning for program about schema.org at ALA Annual. The committee developed a list of people to ask about speaking at the committee's program, including Jason Ronallo at NCSU, Dan Scott and/or Richard Wallis from the schema.org bibliographic extensions group, and librarians at Stanford who are or may be using schema.org at their institution (such as Greg Miller in the business library). Bonnie also noted that Regina Reynolds talked about schema.org initiatives at the CONSER meeting this morning, and is another possibility. Duke is also active in this area, and Will Sexton's name was mentioned as another possibility.
ALCTS Program Committee has a 5 Febr. deadline for submitting changes to programs, so it would be good to get a finalized (or nearly-finalized depending on funding considerations) list of speakers by then. We have also already finalized a program description which will appear in ALA Connect when the scheduler for Annual is up.
3. Issues arising from the BIBFRAME forum at Midwinter that the committee might be able to tackle. Jenn mentioned a discussion she had about getting technical folks involved in developing BIBFRAME vocabularies and getting those voices heard alongside those of the cataloging community that they're focusing more on. Is there a role that MSC could play to engage both sides in metadata initiatives?
CaMMS CE committee representative wants to work in conjunction with us to develop a non-LC-driven wide view of how BIBFRAME fits into what we're trying to do and what some of the underlying concepts are. their forums and sessions are still largely driven by what LC brings to the table, and there's interest in bringing different viewpoints to the table. Some ideas: trying to put together a "background conversation" to communicate better what the underpinnings of BIBFRAME are.
Another possibility would be to engage the LITA metadata interest group, who are also working on similar issues.
CaMMS CE is very interested in getting more librarians to engage more actively with the BIBFRAME development effort, so that they're conversant in the ideas that are driving it and are able to transform their MARC data and MARC-based cataloging processes to any new environment that might develop. no FUD, no heavily technical talk, trying to ground it in what BIBFRAME in production might actually look like. LC's forums are starting to look like that--Eric Miller presented the BIBFRAME editor at today's--but the idea behind this collaboration would be to get non-LC voices in the conversation. in addition to ALA Forums, another idea would be to devote an issue of ISQ to publishing some use cases and articles in this area
Many visitors to the meeting expressed a need to improve the conversations between BIBFRAME developers and working catalogers. "Translating BIBFRAME: how its foundations can be mutually intelligible to catalogers and coders"
finding points of weakness in the BIBFRAME model based on real library use cases where BIBFRAME misses the mark, and hopefully finding solutions based on engaging as many different user communities as possible.
Making this work: identifying potential speakers, use cases, perspectives. the goal is to help people understand how and why BIBFRAME is built the way it is, how it reflects the past and prepares us for the future. giving people "some warm blankets," something to grab onto so they have a better, less abstract understanding of how BIBFRAME operates. Janet agreed to be the MSC representative to this planning effort. Next step is to take this program idea to the CaMMS Forum for approval.
Any other ideas from other sessions?
Diane Hillman's talk at MIG this morning on automated metadata creation/cleanup processes and provenance metadata; possible groups to follow there within ALA and the W3C and other groups ALISE Data Curation group
4. Statement on PCC report on internal MARC field punctuation. We decided to issue a joint statement with PCC about internal MARC field punctuation, which PCC argued was worded too strongly for what they wanted to do. (more about this in the 1/17/2014 minutes). Jenn forwarded our statement on this (that we're not changing the wording) to the PCC for review, and they indicated that they would be in touch about this, but haven't heard anything more yet.
5. Planning for community-curated metadata news/awareness site. Jenn's to-dos from the last call had to do with understanding more about how the dh+lib service works, which is serving as our model for how we want to construct this site. Zach Coble helps coordinate some of dh+lib's work and indicated that ALA hosts their content, and they do no marketing other than syndicating a Twitter feed that cross-posts new content they post. their views per post vary depending on topic (sometimes 100, sometimes 1000), but averages 200-300.
the way dh+lib works is that they engage volunteer editors who are engaged in the digital humanities community, who spend a week curating content and commentary for the site. CaMMS CE indicated that there would be volunteering interest from their group.
using the site as a companion piece to the BIBFRAME forum w/ CaMMS we discussed earlier.
possible categories? time periods that we want to focus on a single topic? dh+lib's categories are Posts, Resources, Jobs, CFPs. we could focus less on some of those things (e.g. jobs) and more on curated presentations of interest, events (particularly those outside librarianship)
need for volunteers to set up the technical side, find volunteer editors, plan content (dh+lib has an editors' guide that they send to editors), etc. would like to start on this as quickly as we can.
Erik volunteered to write up a draft scope/content statement Kevin volunteered to look into the technical side of setting this up Bonnie volunteered to work on design of the site Jenn will ask about hosting options Eva will set up the next committee conference call, where we'll talk about this (some time in February)
6. Discussion of further projects that we should undertake Request from CaMMS CE committee for this committee to provide ideas for their group, as it's undergoing re-charging. they need ideas by March. looking for a very active charge for the group: monitor that, do this, etc. definitely an area for collaboration as "education" isn't one of the items listed in the MSC charge.
"unclaimed competencies"-- project management, brokering. also balancing complex cataloging rules and standards, now and in the future (RDA, BIBFRAME, whatever else).
infographics that might frame and explain some of the issues we're concerned with, like relationships between organizations, relationships between standards and markup languages expressing those standards, explaining the differences between descriptive frameworks and serializations of descriptive frameworks, etc. something like the DCAM, but more modernized (and less abstract...) something with a high-level view which also contains a lot of depth. the IU infographic of metadata standards from a while back is a good example.
guiding principles of the committee's work. we don't need a committee to e.g. determine that BIBFRAME is a good idea which should be adopted, but we can serve as a guidance for standards and best practices. are we the committee that serves as an independent arbiter of which vocabularies should be used? are we in a position to do that? we shouldn't try to be authoritative, but we can serve as a resource for the metadata standards and vocabularies that are out there and guide libraries to the ones that are best suited to their needs.
OLAC as an example: because they deal with a specific use case (audiovisual cataloging) that is a little more advanced, they run into weird problems that LC might not necessarily encounter as they develop standards. they've developed a role as developers of best practices and guidance based on a track record of work doing that over time, which is something this group could also do as it moves forward.
guiding principles: "you should pay attention to this standard because..." "the metadata landscape in libraries should look like this because..." being proactive in making statements about the evolution and emergence of standards.
Join us for an engaging session on "Understanding schema.org" at ALA Annual, sponsored by the ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee.
Sunday, June 29 10:30-11:30am
Las Vegas Convention Center S230
Schema.org is an effort among major search engines to promote better linking of Web content through the use of metadata attributes in HTML markup, allowing for improved access to digital objects. The ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee invites you to hear speakers who are active in schema.org development in libraries, and who will discuss initiatives in this area within the GLAM community which promote a broader understanding of the development of bibliographic information among these communities. After a brief introduction to how schema.org represents a "discovery elsewhere" strategy for libraries, we will hear from two speakers.
Dan Scott, Systems Librarian, Laurentian University.
"Cataloging for the open web." Libraries have provided multiple access points for their resources in their catalogs--but that requires users to know that those catalogs exist. In a world where Google, Bing, and Yahoo are the ready-at-hand search tools, we need to provide access points for third-party search engines if we want to expand access to our resources. Embedding machine-readable schema.org metadata into the ordinary catalog pages of Evergreen, Koha, and VuFind is an effort to surface library resources in a way that meets the contextual needs of both users and search engines."
Jason A. Clark, Head of Library Informatics & Computing, Montana State University Libraries.
"Beyond description: Using Schema.org to describe networks and actions in book, people, and discovery settings." At its core Schema.org is about creating machine-actionable descriptions of content. Librarian, especially cataloging librarians, have a unique understanding of the benefits of description at scale. What may be newer to our field are the additional expressions being brought into the Schema.org standard such as actions, roles, and linked data sameAs equivalencies. With the introduction of these expressions, opportunities for a more nuanced expression of identity and relationships in addition to basic description have been enabled. In this session, we’ll look at some particular projects at Montana State University Library – an online web book (arc.lib.montana.edu/book/home-cooking-history-409/), a people directory application (www.lib.montana.edu/people/), and a digital collections search application (arc.lib.montana.edu/digital-collections/) – that are beginning to apply some of these additional Schema.org expressions to define relationships and linked data sources inside of web applications and web pages.
- Introduction and Context: Discovery Elsewhere (Jenn Riley)
- Cataloging for the Open Web (Dan Scott)
- Beyond Description: Using Schema.org to describe networks and actions in book, people, and discovery settings (Jason A. Clark)
ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee
ALA Annual 2014, Las Vegas
Sunday, June 29, 1:00-2:30pm
Las Vegas Convention Center N234
PLEASE NOTE: We will not be providing paper copies of the agenda or past minutes at our meeting. Please have them available on your electronic device of choice or print them for your own use.
Some links to documents in this agenda may point to content for which only committee members currently have access.
- Approval of minutes from ALA Midwinter 2014
- Thank you to outgoing committee members
- Welcome of incoming members
- Possible joint statement with PCC on ISBD punctuation, discussion with PCC Chair Beth Camden
- Report for PCC Task Group on the Creation and Function of Name Authorities in a Non-MARC Environment, discussion with incoming MSC co-chair Jennifer Liss
- Current awareness site
- DLF session on new modes of publishing, Jenn invited to speak about this site
- Finalize project scope document drafted by Erik, and update timeline
- Update on hosting plans from Kevin
- Review methods for assigning editors proposed by Jenn
- Brainstorm possible names
- Sponsoring programming at future conferences
Notetaker: Amy Rudersdorf