[Metadatalibrarians] Program Announcement: LITA/ALCTS Linked Library Data Interest Group Meeting @ ALA

Scott Carlson sjc5 at rice.edu
Fri Jun 8 07:19:25 PDT 2018

Program Announcement: LITA/ALCTS Linked Library Data Interest Group 
Meeting @ ALA Annual
Time: Saturday, June 23, 2018, 9:00-10:00 AM
Location: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Convention Center, Rm 265-268

Please join us for three exciting presentations describing linked data 
projects. After our speaker presentations, the group will have an 
opportunity for questions and discussion.

Evidence-Building using Linked Administrative Data at the Census Bureau
Kate McNamara, Census Bureau

The Census Bureau is expanding its Data Linkage Infrastructure to 
improve access for evaluators, program and policy analysts, and 
researchers. The new data linkage initiative improves access to these 
data, increases the discoverability of data with inventories and 
metadata, and leverages new technology. We are currently conducting a 
variety of research projects leveraging administrative records linked to 
demographic and economic survey data. Census has also played a role in 
collaborative efforts to create best practices for data sharing and 
access, including the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking and the 
Administrative Data Research Facilities Network.  Audience members will 
come away with an understanding of data linkage at Census and learn how 
librarians can play a role in the evolving landscape of administrative data.


Who Will be Our bf: Comparing techniques for conversion from MARC to 
Sharon Farnel, Abigail Sparling, Ian Bigelow, and Danoosh Davood
University of Alberta Libraries

The University of Alberta Libraries is actively ramping up for linked 
data implementation through local experimentation, research and external 
partnerships. Though BIBFRAME is still in development, several 
transformation tools have already been created, and with many libraries 
planning for a future move to linked data it would seem timely to 
compare approaches to moving legacy MARC data to BIBFRAME. Setting aside 
the question of whether BIBFRAME should be the vehicle for libraries to 
move to linked data, this investigation is aimed at comparing two 
approaches to converting MARC to bf:2.0: LC MARC to BIBFRAME XSLT: An 
XSLT 1.0 application aimed at converting MARC to RDF/XML released in 
March 2017 and Casalini SHARE Virtual Discovery Environment: A project 
by Casalini Libri and @Cult to develop a linked data discovery 
environment, including a conversion tool for MARC to bf:2.0 RDF.

Through the comparison and analysis of these two transformation 
approaches several topics will be explored: Comparison of data mapping 
through conversion, Implications for conversions for monograph and 
serial formats, Approaches to reconciliation through both processes, and 
In house and vendor workflow implications.


Demonstrating the Production Value of Linked Data Services
John Chapman, OCLC
Xiaoli Li, University of California Davis

Cornell University, University of California, Davis, and the Montana 
State Library have partnered with OCLC in a joint research project 
prototyping a new suite of linked data services. This unique project 
uses the out-of-the-box services from Wikibase and a high-quality set of 
entities from multiple linked data sources. The prototype comprises 
services for 1) reconciling strings representing people, organizations, 
concepts, places, and events against an index based on entities, 
providing persistent identifiers; and 2) creating, editing, and sharing 
entity descriptions, while also allowing for the contribution of 
additional contextual relationships between entities, beyond those that 
can be found by mining structured data in bibliographic and authority data.

In this presentation, Xiaoli Li, Department Head - Content Support 
Services, from the University of California, Davis and John Chapman, 
Senior Product Manager - Metadata Services, from OCLC will give an 
update on project progress, demonstrate the interfaces and underlying 
data, and cover technical challenges and achievements. As the project 
has focused on meeting real library use cases, the speakers will also 
discuss insights into the efficacy and efficiency of introducing linked 
data tools in metadata management workflows.

-- Scott Carlson
Metadata Coordinator
Rice University, Fondren Library
scarlson at rice.edu

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