Next Generation Catalog Interest Group (LITA) Community
Discussions on the concepts of linked data have been everywhere, but practical strategies for its implementation are hard to find. “Linked data,” a recommended best practice for exposing, sharing and connecting pieces of data information and knowledge on the Semantic Web, is expected to be fully embraced by the next generation catalogs already in the later stages of development. During this session, attendees will learn about the basic concepts of linked data and the impacts and benefits of adapting linked data in the area of future bibliographical control. To supplement our discussion, developers from a few next generation catalog systems will demonstrate their implementations of linked data.
Cory Harper (NYU); Phil Schreur (Stanford); Theodore Fons (OCLC); Yvette Diven (Serials Solutions) Jennifer Bowen (eXtensible Catalog)
The group will have a business meeting following our program.
The LITA Next Generation Catalog Interest Group invites representatives from major next generation catalog system vendors, including Ex Libris, eXtensible Catalog Organization, OCLC, and Serials Solutions. Each representative will demonstrate distinctive features of their system and will join in a panel discussion on topics, such as challenges of developing next generation catalog systems, embracing non-MARC metadata, and taking advantage of linked data.
Participants are encouraged to ask any question related to next generation catalog systems. A brief business meeting of the Next Generation Catalog Interest Group will be following.
The Next Generation Catalog Interest Group coordinated presentations at ALA Annual 2010 and Midwinter 2011. At Annual, a distinguished panel of Eric Lease Morgan, Tim Spalding, and John Blyberg shared their visions of enrichments to our library catalogs to serve our next-generation researcher. At Midwinter, a large crowd heard a presentation by Eric Lindahl, Executive Director of the eXtensible Catalog, about the data flexibility of the platform.
Successful elections were concluded for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 Vice-chairs/Chairs-elect, and the IG welcomed Michael Kim and Becka Rich, respectively. We conducted an online officer election using the poll feature of ALA Connect this spring.