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CaMMS Forum: Authority Work of the Future: Taking Controlled Vocabulary and Authority Control Beyond the Library Catalog

When: 
Sunday, January 10, 2016
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, US/Eastern

Registering UCLA’s Researchers: Library Authority Data in a New Realm

John Riemer, Head, Cataloging & Metadata Center, University of California Los Angeles

Sharon Shafer, Head of Library Search and Usability, University of California Los Angeles

UCLA is taking a systematic approach to obtaining an ORCID for each researcher on campus, to facilitate harvesting of citations of scholarly output and to achieve other anticipated benefits. A combined strategy involves asking researchers to register themselves and following up with batch assignments of ORCIDs. This project is part of a larger effort to create a new faculty information system on campus (the Opus project). The past several years of planning and organizing these projects has prompted a lot of thinking about how library authority data could be put to new uses, for new constituents totally outside the library. Those within the library can serve as authority data advocates as they identify new data combinations and sources to achieve new benefits.

Practical Applications of Linked Data Concepts at Rice University's Fondren Library

Amber Seely, Database & Metadata Management Coordinator, Rice University

Scott Carlson, Metadata Coordinator, Rice University

For years, librarians have heard about the impending arrival of Linked Data, but it is often information in the abstract. For some librarians, the nature of Linked Data provokes feelings of helplessness, as there seem to be few practical examples or strategies libraries can take on to prepare staff member and catalogs for future Linked Data environments. This presentation will detail the practical projects currently underway at Rice University’s Fondren Library to prepare for such a future linked data environment. Amber Seely, Database & Metadata Management Coordinator, will discuss an ongoing plan to embed Library of Congress name authority record URIs into new and existing catalog records using subfield 0, originally a space to deposit authority record control numbers. Scott Carlson, Metadata Coordinator, will discuss the transformation of a locally-created thesaurus of over 3,000 names and subject headings into a SKOS-RDF environment, which is then used to automatically verify digital collections metadata. The presentation will finish with the speakers discussing their newest project: a publicly-searchable headings database.