[Metadatalibrarians] REMINDER: MODS and RDF Working Group Mapping Recommendations Draft available for review and comment

English, Eben eenglish at bpl.org
Thu Jul 26 07:35:25 PDT 2018

Just a reminder that comments will be accepted until August 1 (see below 
for details).

Apologies for cross posting.


The Samvera MODS and RDF Descriptive Metadata Subgroup is pleased to 
announce that the initial draft of our MODS to RDF Mapping 
Recommendations is now available for review and comment:


This application profile provides recommendations for mapping MODS XML 
metadata for digital objects to RDF Linked Data classes and properties 
using a range of widely-adopted RDF namespaces.

The result of a 30-month collaborative process involving participants 
from more than a dozen academic and public libraries, this document 
includes a comprehensive mapping of MODS elements to RDF using 
real-world metadata use cases and hundreds of examples.

Rather than pursuing a straight XML-to-RDF approach using the MODS RDF 
Ontology v.1 or proposing (yet another) new formal ontology, the 
mappings include properties from existing vocabularies that are already 
extensively used, such as Schema.org, Dublin Core, BIBFRAME, BIBO, RDA, 
FOAF, EDM, and LC Linked Data Service datasets. The re-use of these 
vocabularies provides greater value to records in a Linked Data context.

A straightforward "direct" mapping (which does not require creating or 
maintaining local objects for concepts such as subjects, people, events, 
or places) and a more thorough "minted object" mapping are provided for 
most MODS elements.

Although this work was conducted under the umbrella of the Samvera 
digital repository framework, the mapping is system-agnostic and 
intended to be applicable in a wide range of contexts.

All comments and feedback are welcome. Feedback may be submitted via:

  - Comments added directly to the Google Doc
  - An online comment form (submissions are anonymous): 
  - Via email to: mods2rdf at gmail.com

Comments will be accepted until August 1, 2018.

Thanks for your consideration!

Eben English on behalf of:
The Samvera MODS and RDF Descriptive Metadata Subgroup

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