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Linked Data for Holdings and Cataloging: Interactive Session

Saturday, January 26, 2013
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, US/Pacific

Please join the ALCTS CRS Holdings Information Committee and the Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee at ALA Midwinter in Seattle:

Saturday, January 26th from 3:00-5:30 pm in the Washington State Convention Center. Room 611-614.

Linked Data for Holdings and Cataloging: The first step is the hardest!

Both Committees thank OCLC for sponsoring this session.

om pre-conferences to webinars, there is a lot of talk recently about Linked Data. However, so far only large resource-rich organizations seem to have projects underway. Is the utilization of Linked Data even possible—or relevant—for my library? How would I even get started? Join the Holdings and Cataloging Committees to learn more. In our first hour, Eric Miller of Zepheira will explain why the use of Linked Data is so exciting from a holdings perspective by sharing early findings of libraries experimenting with the Bibliographic Framework Initiative. Richard Wallis from OCLC will then discuss Linked Data from a cataloging perspective with the recent release of records for Linked Data. 

The second half of our forum, beginning at 4:30, will show real life examples put together using free tools by brave volunteers from libraries just like yours!  Violeta Ilik from Texas A&M used Viewshare to generate and customize unique, dynamic views of data about faculty members, their research areas, PhD granting institutions, and the authority records in the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF). Jeremy Myntti from University of Utah will show different ways that lots of existing metadata from digital collections can be exposed through the creation of unique user interfaces, including maps and faceting displays. Viewing data in different ways may reveal things about your data that you never knew. Eric Miller will be on hand to help interested attendees get started on their own projects. We know you are out there, come share your experiences with those eager to begin linking data!


Bios of participants:


Eric Miller is the President of Zepheira, Inc. which provides both technology and business solutions to effectively integrate, navigate and manage data across personal, group and enterprise boundaries. Most recently, Eric led the Semantic Web Initiative for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT. During his work at the W3C, Eric's responsibilities included the architectural and technical leadership in the design and evolution of the Semantic Web. Before joining the W3C, Eric was a Senior Research Scientist at OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. in Dublin, Ohio and the co-founder and Associate Director of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, an open forum engaged in the development of interoperable online metadata standards that support a broad range of purposes and business models. Eric holds a Research Scientist position at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory where he is a Principal Investigator on the MIT SIMILE project focused on developing robust, open source tools based on Semantic Web technologies that improve access, management and reuse among digital resources.


Richard Wallis, distinguished thought leader in Semantic Web and Linked Data technology, joined OCLC in 2012 as Technology Evangelist. Richard has been at the forefront of emerging Web and Semantic Web technologies in the wider information world for over 20 years. He is an active blogger, and was a regular podcaster in the "Talking with Talis" series. From 2008 to 2010, he hosted and chaired "Library 2.0 Gang," a monthly round-table podcast series that brought together thought leaders, movers and shakers, and executives from leading organizations in library technology. Richard most recently had been with Talis, a Linked Data and Semantic Web technology organization in the United Kingdom. He is based in Birmingham, United Kingdom.



Violeta Ilik is a Continuing Resources Cataloging Librarian at Texas A&M University Library, responsible for performing original and complex copy cataloging, as well as the enhancement of records for continuing resources and monographs in all formats according to established national guidelines, standards and local procedures. She participates in formulating and implementing new cataloging procedures and guidelines,  and provides training and consultation to staff on serials and holdings management. She also collaborates with and serves as a resource for faculty and staff in the Libraries on special projects involving non-MARC metadata and crosswalks.


Jeremy Myntti has been the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library since March 2012. He is responsible for optimizing metadata creation for the library’s physical and digital collections as well as identifying innovative solutions for cataloging and metadata projects. Prior to this position, he spent nine years working for Backstage Library Works (a library technical services vendor) where he managed a wide variety of projects, including cataloging, authority control, digitization, and programming projects. Jeremy holds degrees from the University of Alabama (MLIS) and Utah Valley University (BS in Music and BS in Integrated Studies).

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