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MDG Conference & UKCoR RDA Day 2023 #CILIPMDG23

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding an in-person Conference, followed by the UKCoR RDA day, on 6th-8th September 2023 at IET Birmingham: Austin Court.

The main conference will take place over the first two full days, followed by a day hosting the UK Committee on RDA (UKCoR) for an exciting day covering all things Resource Description and Access (RDA).

Register your interest, and find out more on our CILIP Event Page.

As we Re-vitalise the Metadata & Discovery Group in 2023, we hope to Re-energise our communities of practice, Re-establish our principles, and Re-imagine the future of description/metadata.

To that end, this year’s MDG Conference aims to explore the topic of “Re-Discovery” as discovery is at the heart of the information world and the vital purpose of all metadata work.

The MDG Conference will explore all aspects of metadata and discovery from traditional cataloguing in libraries and archives, to metadata management, research data management and digital preservation in institutional repositories, digital libraries, and beyond.

We encourage submissions from library workers, information professionals, Library and Information Science students and researchers, research data and open access specialists, meta/data suppliers, and standards and system developers; anyone involved in metadata work!

View the full Call for Proposals and find out more about how to Submit on our CILIP Event Page.


2017 CILIP Conference – Report

2017 CILIP Conference report by Clara Panozzo

I was looking for one single word to describe the CILIP Conference in Manchester at the beginning of July. One word that could put inspiring and stimulating and enlightening and encouraging together. I didn’t succeed, so I am going to use all those four words, which apply mainly to the three keynotes but also the seminars, briefings and workshops that I managed to attend (I sometimes wished I could be ubiquitous).

Carla Hayden’s speech was inspiring, stimulating, enlightening and encouraging, almost to tears (yes, a few colleagues and myself confessed this). Her call for major research libraries to engage with the wider public resonated broadly. As someone who works for such an institution, I can clearly see the need of this, particularly when talking about younger audiences, the “researchers” of the future. And I can also see that many of the initiatives now taking place in my Library (such the numerous digitisation and outreach projects) are somehow going in this direction.

Her keynote also made me think about what a great position we cataloguers are in when it comes to act as bridge between our collections and audiences. Cataloguers KNOW the stuff, cataloguers can bring out the value and knowledge of the collections out to the world. We can, and should be given the chances and tools to, promote, engage and involve. We also have the right mind-set to do this, we are used to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes and think about what information might be relevant to others and then put it out there. Cataloguers could also be viewed as “value enhancers and promoters”. Part of my current position as a Special Collections Cataloguer is also about such activities, and while now I can see their importance from a broader perspective, I can say that they are also highly rewarding. Just to give an example, interacting with people on Facebook about a wonderful discovery you have just posted a picture about, is very stimulating and can lead to further enriching discussions. In the words of Carla Hayden, “this is the time”, this is the time to connect.

The “Using data and information” seminar also gave me the chance to reflect on the role of cataloguers, but this time to think about cataloguers outside libraries. Quite an unusual thought, at least for me! We heard about the importance of big amounts of data put together to make something tangible, as Caroline Carruthers put it , and the need to organise and declutter data so that information can be, simply and fundamentally, retrieved. This is something cataloguers normally do but could potentially do in other contexts as well, working with data other than from books. And although I am not planning to leave “my” lovely books at the moment, it is interesting indeed to know that cataloguers are a desirable workforce. Probably this is also somehow reassuring, considering all those rumours about our jobs being automatized in the -near?- future. Nothing further from the truth, apparently. We have sought-after skills such as logical thinking, the ability to communicate within both the “data cloud” and the real world and therefore we could become a bridge between business and designers. We supposedly also have expertise in handling lots of data. Now, I personally do not have any experience in handling “lots” of data. So after this seminar my curiosity was triggered and I am now considering what chances I could get to gain some more knowledge about handling “big data”. My library is currently undergoing a major critical change: the implementation of a new library management system. Lots and lots of data being matched, mismatched, converted and moved around. Could this be an opportunity for me to have a look at how lots of data are managed? Could I get involved in this somehow? Definitely something to explore and which I would not have considered had I not attended the conference.

Many of the other contributions at the conference gave much food for thought too. I found Luciano Floridi’s keynote particularly engaging. The flow of ideas that lead him to maintain that libraries have a “socio-political role in counterbalancing Power and its ability to control and influence people’s behaviour” were eye-opening. Indeed, libraries can and should offer the possibility to “free and effective questioning”. This is, I believe, true both for public and research libraries. And this makes me go back to Carla Hayden: librarians (and libraries!) are the original search engine, with a huge role to play in the information society.

Finally, I also attended the seminars on information literacy and engaging audiences, and two career development workshops on how to be a good communicator and the “insider’s guide to Professional Registration”. The first two I chose because they would give more insights about things I feel I don’t know enough about. The second two just because they were very useful!

As I said at the beginning, I felt the conference was inspiring, stimulating, enlightening and encouraging. But I also left Manchester with an underlying feeling of pride. I was proud to be a librarian, proud to be a cataloguer and proud to be a member of CILIP.

Clara Panozzo

Special Collections Cataloguer

(in secondment) – Rare Books

Cambridge University Library

Somewhere over the Rainbow – programme now available

The programme for CIG Scotland’s seventh Metadata & Web 2.0 seminar is now available, please see below.

Title: Somewhere over the Rainbow : 0ur metadata online, past, present & future Venue: National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
Date 5th April 2017


10:00 Registration & coffee

10:30 Welcome

10:35 Crowdsourcing at the National Library of Scotland / Ines Byrne & Steve Rigden (National Library of Scotland)

Bringing the past to life will unfold as Ines Byrne and Steve Rigden from the National Library of Scotland describe standards and issues in crowdsourcing the transcription of historic handwritten texts

11:10 Can web archiving the Olympics be an international team effort? Running the Rio Olympics and Paralympics project / Helena Byrne (British Library)

Managing metadata from the present will be explored by Helena Byrne from the British Library, as she describes the global co-ordination of metadata required for harvesting websites for the 2016 Olympics, as part of the International Internet Preservation Coalition’s Rio 2016 web archiving project

11:45 Statistical Accounts of Scotland / Vivienne Mayo (EDINA)

Vivienne Mayo from EDINA describes how information from the past has found a new lease of life in the recently re-launched Statistical Accounts of Scotland

12:20 Lunch

13:20 Beyond bibliographic description: emotional metadata on YouTube / Diane Pennington (University of Strathclyde)

Diane Pennington of Strathclyde University will move beyond the bounds of bibliographic description as she discusses her research about emotions shared by music fans online and how they might be used as metadata for new approaches to search and retrieval

13:55 Our 5Rights: digital rights of children and young people / Dev Kornish, Dan Dickson, Bethany Wilson (5Rights Youth Commission)

Young Scot, Scottish Government and 5Rights introduce Scotland’s 5Rights Youth Commission – a diverse group of young people passionate about their digital rights. We will hear from Dev, Dan and Bethany what their ‘5Rights’ mean to them, and how children and young people can be empowered to access technology, knowledgeably, and fearlessly.

14:30 Break

14:45 Playing with metadata / Gavin Willshaw and Scott Renton (University of Edinburgh)

Learn about Edinburgh University Library’s metadata games platform, a crowdsourcing initiative which has improved descriptive metadata and become a vital engagement tool both within and beyond the library. Hear how they have developed their games in collaboration with Tiltfactor, a Dartmouth College-based research group which explores game design for social change, and learn what they’re doing with crowd-sourced data. There may even be time for you to set a new high score…

15:20 Managing your digital footprint / Nicola Osborne (EDINA)

Nicola Osborne will give tips on how to manage our digital footprint

16:00 Close

For more information and details on how to register, please go to https://cigs-somewhere-over-the-rainbow.eventbrite.com

We look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh on Wednesday the 5th of April


Introduction to Cataloguing

Date: Friday April 7th

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

CILIP South West Members Network (SWMN) & CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group (CIG) invite you to oneBooks day training on cataloguing.
This training is aimed at people who know nothing about cataloguing (or who have forgotten everything they once knew long ago). In a range of activities, you will find out what cataloguing is and why we do it; have a go at doing some basic cataloguing using the current international standard (RDA) and exchange format (MARC21); and leave with some resources you can use to keep up-to-date with your newly-gained cataloguing knowledge.

The trainers are from CILIP’s Cataloguing and Indexing Group. Anne Welsh is Lecturer in Library and Information Studies at University College London, where she teaches the core module in Cataloguing and optional modules in Advanced Cataloguing and in Historical Bibliography. Her co-authored book Practical Cataloguing (Facet, 2012) is a set text at iSchools nationally and internationally, and her second book, Cataloguing and Decision-Making in a Hybrid Environment is due out from Facet later this year.

Katharine Whaite is currently completing her PhD studies in cataloguing history at University College London, where she has led classes in cataloguing and classification. She has previously worked at BPP University Library (Holborn), and Gray’s Inn Library, where she has also provided legal information training. She has published articles in Catalogue & Index and Information Research.

Sponsored place
CIG is pleased to offer a sponsored place for this event. The sponsorship covers the registration fee, with the bursary holder responsible for their own travel costs.

Applicants must be CIG members (though CILIP membership is not required), and the application (ca. 200 words) should demonstrate why they would like to attend, how they would use their attendance to highlight or promote CIG’s area of interest, and if/why they would not be able to attend without CIG sponsorship. We would like the sponsored delegate to write a report/summary to be publicised on the CIG blog and/or journal.

Please submit your application to the Honorary Secretary Emily Bogie, e.berrisford@sheffield.ac.uk by 17 March 2017.
To register for this event, and for more details, please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-cataloguing-tickets-32351326689.

For any enquiries regarding this event please contact Christina Carson, Candidate Support Officer, Devon & Cornwall.

We look forward to seeing you there!

RDA in a Day 2017

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Please note that this event is now fully booked. You can still join the waitlist below.

Date: 11/5/17

Time: 10:00 – 17:00

Location: CILIP Headquarters, 7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE

The CILIP Cataloguing & Indexing Group (CIG) is pleased to announce a repeat of the successful RDA in a Day training course.

RDA in a Day is a practical introduction to cataloguing with RDA: Resource Description and Access. Led by two RDA specialists from the British Library, the course will cover the FRBR model and RDA terminology. This is an interactive, hands-on course in which trainees will learn by using RIMMF and the RDA Toolkit to create RDA records. The day also covers creation of RDA records in MARC 21. Prior cataloguing experience and knowledge of AACR2 and MARC 21 will be an advantage. Places are limited to maintain an excellent trainer/trainee ration so that you get the most out of your day.

Registration – Book here
Closing date for bookings: 21 April 2017
Please note that invoices will not be issued until shortly after the event.

Sponsored place
We are pleased to be able to offer a sponsored place for this event. Applicants must be CIG members (though CILIP membership is not required), and the application (ca. 200 words) should demonstrate why they would like to attend, how they would use their attendance to highlight or promote CIG’s area of interest, and if/why they would not be able to attend without CIG sponsorship. We would like the sponsored delegate to write a report/summary to be publicised on the CIG blog and/or journal.

Please submit your application to Nicky by 10 March 2017.

Applicants will be notified whether they have been successful by 24 March 2017.

When filling in the registration form please provide the following additional information so that the trainers may better tailor the course to the group:

How would you describe your current familiarity with MARC?

  • None
  • Basic
  • Good

How would you describe your current familiarity with RDA?

  • None
  • Basic
  • Good

Cancellation policy
Please note our cancellation policy: once your place is confirmed, we are unable to arrange refunds if you are subsequently unable to attend the event. Should this circumstance arise we are happy for someone else to attend in your place, but please notify us in advance if at all possible.

LCSH in a day: A CIG event delivered by the British Library

**Fully booked. Please email to be added to the waiting list**

The CILIP Cataloguing & Indexing Group (CIG) is pleased to announce a repeat of the successful “LCSH in a day” training course.  “LCSH in a day” is a practical introduction to using Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), led by a specialist from the British Library.  The course will include an overview of the Subject Cataloging Manual, and will cover the structure of LCSH and conventions for constructing strings.  This one-day event mixes taught theory with practical exercises.

Full details of the dates and venue are given below.  To book, please fill in the booking form.

We are pleased to be able to offer a sponsored place at this event. Applicants must be CIG members (though CILIP membership is not required), and the application (ca. 200 words) should demonstrate why they would like to attend, how they would use their attendance to highlight or promote CIG’s area of interest, and if/why they would not be able to attend without CIG sponsorship. We would like the sponsored delegates to write a report/summary to be publicised on the CIG blog and/or journal. Please submit your application to Debbie by the date given below.

Date: Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Time: 10.00-17.00 (lunch included)

Venue: CILIP HQ, 7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE

Cost: £95 +VAT (CIG members), £120 +VAT (non-CIG members)

Closing date for sponsored place applications: 12th October (applicants will be notified by 26th October).

Closing date for bookings: 9th November

Contact: Debbie Lee (deborah.lee@courtauld.ac.uk; +44 (0)20 7848 2905)

Please note that once your place is confirmed, we are unable to arrange refunds if you are subsequently unable to attend the event. Should this circumstance arise we are happy for someone else to attend in your place, but please notify us in advance if at all possible.


Metadata & Linked Data seminar – live blog

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Welcome one and all to the Cataloguing and Indexing Group in Scotland 5th linked data event, we’re in Edinburgh on the 12 of September.

This year we are delighted to welcome speakers from the British Library, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews, the RDA Steering Committee, and the National Library of Scotland.

Speakers will describe the practice and challenges of implementing linked data in a library and information environment, from local pilots, projects and experiments, to national services.  The opportunities and challenges that linked data presents to cataloguers, libraries and the wider information landscape will be explored, with speakers describing their organisation’s experience, as well as providing an insight into national metadata strategies.

Kicking the day off we have Janet Aucock (JA), St Andrews University Library, providing a cataloguer’s linked data perspective.
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Janet is treating us to some gorgeous St Andrews pics, a quick description of some of the special collections and archives that St Andrews manage and preserve. The idea of linked data and the technical infrastructure needed could be a barrier and how will it fit in within the context of libraries and special collections.

Senior managers are not at the point where they are considering the strategy and how to move linked data forward within the libraries.  JA is thinking about how the discovery service and research data might fit into the practicalities of linked data and how to manage and exploit access to thesis data, enrich the cataloguing space and collections such as rare books.  We need a framework to look at how to link data throughout the institutions.

St Andrews like most other organisations have pots of data throughout the organisation,  digital collections, photographic collections, research repository, digitised collections and research publications and research data system.

JA is considering some use cases:

  • Names and naming authorities might be an area that could best be developed… or ORCID for the living and name authorities for the dead! Need a method for determining which naming convention structure to use for which sets for data.
  • Biographical register  that also links geographical and also link to borrowing register information.
  • Repository  ChemSpider, text mining of chemistry data to pull out chemical compounds authority not controlled, but possibility of the compound information being fed back to our repository.
  • SAULcat alchemy collections  which looks at provenance, binding , names and subject headings which is flat data not linked to anything and nothing to be done within the LMS with this data but if there was ways to link this data to other useful  data sets  that woudl be great.

Also looking at what LMS suppliers are considering for linked data, looking at name authorities and looking at identifying things at library level.  Hopefully now that linked data is on the suppliers horizon and hopefully this will help push forward the developed of linking data in  a library setting.  Opportunity to be had for linking data and what is available out there and hopefully that managers will realise the benefit.

Alasdair MacDonald & Ruby Wilkins, Edinburgh University Library, describing a project to link authorities across local datasets

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Library team asked to put forward ideas for a project for the innovative fund to look at personal name authorities across catalogues and look at how to use these through many data sets in the university.  Selected a number if significant people and focused on linking data within the  image archives,  historical individuals and consider other who may have links to the university. First projects was the Edinburgh Seven, first seven women who matriculated to study medicine at the Uni.  Also included was James Miranda Barry, who lived as a man, fought more than one duel and was a physician with a good bedside manner, some debate around James actually being a woman!

Once subjects determined start looking at a scoping methodology, looking at digital data sets online, Wikipedia and also names across all data sets in the university. Looking at Alma LMS, Vernon (archives databases)  Pure research system and the Discovery system Primo. The historical figures chosen were than researched to find in each of the systems. Checking against LCNAF, VIAF and ISNI.

Looked at any potential for linking data further in their main catalogues, it could pull the LCCN but only at point of cataloguing in hand, could we restore batch update but what would you do with differentiated names issues with linking thesis to the wrong names so batch update not the answer.

Can put URIs into the Vernon system but only as a reference. Archives Space does allow both EAD and ‘authorised’ name to co-exist.  The Discovery system Primo can hold URI data but issues between whether a person has written something or is the subject of a book. Looking at the potential of using the LCCN as a matching point rather than the authority.

Moving forward EUL looking at adding URIs to authority records in Vernon and ArchiveSpace, investigating the use of the $0 field in Marc format and also looking at exporting and editing Luna metadata.

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Alexandra De Pretto, National Library of Scotland, describing experiments with linked data at the national library.

NLS has programmes of digitisation which is increasing and of course more resources, more metadata! NLS uses many interfaces, datasets and systems and the NLS hopes to connect anyone to relevant library resource and hope to enable search over the whole of the library space and also look at data beyond the control of the NLS.

NLS don’t have a metadata strategy but do use internationally recognisable open  standards but possibly not in a consistent way.   The NLS have published their metadata for their digital objects DOD element set on Open Metadata Registry.

Alexandra asks  is linked data the solution to enable search over disparate datasets for the NLS.   For linked data every resource described should be identified with its own URI, you can learn more about linked data at Library Juice Academy

Alex describes how to get started, you need triples and you need URIs and how this can be achieved by looking at your own datasets as a starter. A good example of a large linked data set is DBpedia.

Looking at their images archive she can begin to determine triples such as who of [resource1], who type [photographer] and who depicted in [woodcutter], working with these RDF triples with descriptive metadata held in different schemas  and using linked data technologies to then query them and present.  The triples data data repository  can store and index triples and also allow a means of managing and accessing triples with SPARQL usng SPARQL the NLS should be able to present results using more than one data set.

NLS at the beginning of this experiment, need to define vocabularies for datasets, work out URIs, consider the mappings and develop a publishing platform and teams need the right skills and experience to achieve this.   Worth checking out the  Library of Congress Linked Data services and the following links for further support and guidance:

  • RDA registry
  • RDFS: data-modelling vocabulary for RDF data
  • OWL: Web Ontology Language
  • SKOS: Simple Knowledge Organization System

After our coffee refreshments Torsten is joining us via Skype.

Dr Torsten Reimer, Imperial College London (ICL) will be providing an overview of ORCID and the benefits for global scholarly communication systems.
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ORCID offers a unique researcher ID that allows humans and machines to reliably identify the authors of scholarly outputs. Within just a few years ORCID has had rapid uptake with over 2.4m researchers registered globally. Publishers, funders and research institutions are supporting, and in some cases even mandating the use of ORCID. Torsten is neither a librarian or a cataloguer (shock!) but works between the researcher and the university space.

🙂 Torsten is discussing the issue with identifiers and how he has been confused with another Torsten Reimer who works within the realms of psychology research, so names are not a useful unique identifier! ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier, it offers member integration and connect their researchers within an institution. ORCID also provides a hub between  machine-readable connections.

ORCID is a not for profit membership based organisation, once registered you receive a randomly assigned number and individuals control their own IDs and profile. Profiles can include informaiton on works, grants, employment history and publications. Once you publish you share your ORCID iD with the publisher and can add the ID to the metadata for your content.

ORCID  is helping ICL to keep track of their data and traffic over the Janet network. Publications tracking is available and helps with  data flows between systems however some issues still arise with current workflows:

  • Requires academic to login and add sources and articles
  • Authorising of articles not always recognised reliably
  • Pre-publication information would be useful to help document and track

UK funders  have specific controls in place to meet policy requirements.  Some of the requirements can be helped using services such as the Jisc Publications Router https://pubrouter.jisc.ac.uk/about/institutions/  that can link via the iD  CRIS, CrossRef and shares ORCID iD with publisher.

Tracking research data can use similar workflows using ORCID by sharing with a repository or embedding within the content. ICL started a project in 2014 to raise awareness of ORCID and to encourage academics to self register and update their profile and to continue to manage their iDs.

The ORCID project identified 764 existing iDs linked to College staff and created 3,226 new ones. ORCID is becoming the new research identifier although not all the systems are ready or integrated.
ORCID can improve interoperability and aid the transfer of information about researchers and their outputs when they move organisation.

Read more about some of the work that Imperial College London has completed looking at ORCID.



Visit the Jisc ORCID consortium at https://www.jisc.ac.uk/orcid

Alan Danskin (AD), British Library, describing linked data initiatives and BL metadata strategy
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BL has created their metadata strategy, AD reckons the future is bright for metadata and where is linked data in the vision for the British Library.  BL has three main sites.

BL Act of 1972 records the BL role as national centre for bibliographic and information services.  Some of the BL metadata service originally offered priced services & evolved through many technologies, began to offer open data in 2010 when the BNB was made available as linked data. 2015 saw the publication of the first metadata strategy for the British Library.

Many challenges for the BL but in 2013 regulations changed so that BL can now collect digitally formatted content. 100,000 new printed books received by legal deposit compared to 50,000 electronic books coming into legal deposit from about 10 publishers.  A lot of the content received is back catalogue content and not just a UK imprint but international. The challenge is how to catalogue such large amounts of content.

Some challenges to contend with such as hidden metadata, obsolete formats, printed catalogues and legacy metadata from catalogues that have not been digitised anywhere. Legacy metadata challenges are about data being recorded that are not necessarily easy to translate for the requirements of machine readable and linked data, an example of this can be the publisher details and the language of the content.

People are now interested in the ‘bigger picture’ questions such as discovery and research of collections development and being able to facet this into  language or country would be useful but not possible to do this with legacy.

Another challenge in legacy data is the silos within the organisation between MARC, and the Aleph LMS, archives and manuscripts using IAMS, XML variants such as ETOC &AMED, sound and recroded sound archives using internal SAMIMARC, and web content using Dublin Core.

So these are some of the issues that the BL would like to address and have championed progression by showing staff what they could and couldn’t do without metadata and a strategy.

Collection metadata identifies attributes & relationships, location & availability and the status & rights that allow you access to content. It requires stewardship and leadership ensuring its preservation and continued management over time and to achieve this it requires resourcing which can aid efficiency and improve services.

The BL have put in a structure of how metadata is used and managed within the library by staff from senior management who ensures the metadata strategy is being delivered, an advisory group  who can support  working towards the achievement of this strategy and also a working group who can alert any changes and updates to metadata used and can review and agree anything that is being proposed.

BL has looked at business cases and representation of that metadata and how it can be used within the organisation and there is now a Head of Collection metadata who has overarching responsibility for metadata developments.

BNB has 3.7m entries for UK books, it’s reusable and open  as it has a permissive license CC0.BL are currently looking at going out to tender for a new open data platform. Over 1500 users using  BL open metadata and they hope to increase access and reuse of this. BL are hoping to break down silos and converge the standards and exploit synergies with other data sets. Linked data is a p0tential solution but for many not an objective.

Check out the data services of the BL at:



Metadata strategy 2015-2018


Mélanie Roche, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, describing linked data initiatives at the BnF.
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The National Library of France has successfully developed linked data applications that have received worldwide consideration. Melanie was inspired by a presentation called Let’s make it happen, linked data in libraries’ feeling energised and a call to arms for librarians but has since felt a little disappointed that this has possibly not been achieved as much as she’d hoped! With most initiatives still at project level.

BnF has a main catalogue of almost 19 million records detailing with general collections and a separate manuscripts database, BnF has linked authority files and bibliographic info back to 1975 that can aid linking between the main catalogue and the archives a database.

The BnF wanted to give users the opportunity not have to come to the catalogue to search for content but could use the data.bnf.fr service to find all information and content helped from both main and archives collections.  BnF used an algorithm to bring together all data from the digital library and the main catalogue for any given controlled authority.

BnF are using these algorithms to automate and to help them FRBR-ise their catalogue, it can automatically generate work records for the open data site  http://data.bnf.fr but also use that data to be included back in the catalogue generating over 100,000 records.

The other area that BnF are working is, is a triple store called SPAR Scalable Preservation and Archiving Repository, long term preservation of digitally native documents. SPAR is a modular OAI compliant repository. The data is stored in an RDF format to ensure librarians continue to curate this data and not within an IT department.

Another linked data project is the Doremus project which covers open data for music material, currently in the modelling phase for the project looking at the model for music data, using RDF. BnF hope to use all of these projects to help to develop a nationally facing open data house and considering many other types of format and content.  Read for further information Doremus: aligning value vocabularies

Melanie discusses should we upgrade MARC to accommodate open data as it’s not fit for purpose currently…MARC is dead…long live MARC! 🙂

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Gordon Dunsire, RDA Steering Committee, describing the work carried out within the RDA community.

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Gordon is using examples of RDA data from the RDA toolkit to show how it is transformed into linked data and discusses the benefits for users, for more of his work or other presentations visit http://www.gordondunsire.com/presentations.htm


RDA Toolkit http://www.rdatoolkit.org/

All examples of layout are available at the RDA Registry http://www.rdaregistry.info/
and other available in the rballs service RDA data, Jane-athons, etc. http://www.rballs.info/

RIMMF (RDA in Many Metadata Formats) is a free service available to create your own RDA sets and allows you to view the WEM relationship of the full record. RDA doesn’t have an element for authorised access point, it expects other data to express this.

Example data sources: http://www.rdatoolkit.org/sites/default/files/rsc_rda_complete_examples_bibliographic_april2016.pdf



Our live blogger had to leave before the end of Gordon’s presentation, and the open discussion.  The day ended with a lively chat regarding the way forward with linked data in libraries, and how we can move from experiments and projects to more fully fledged services and infrastructure, with national libraries and other bodies needing to fulfil leadership and enabling roles.

Audience feedback was very positive, with rapturous applause for speakers, and the discussion carried on in a nearby hostelry, where current and future solutions and ideas for future events were mulled over.  All in all, a very successful event!

20160912_123228(ORCID remote presentation from Dr Torsten Reimer – which went without a glitch!)

Library Carpentry at the CIG Conference: 1 Week to Book!

The keynote speaker at the CIG Conference 2016 will be Dr James Baker, Lecturer in Digital History and Archives at the School of History, Art History and Philosophy and at the Sussex Humanities Lab.

James is a historian of long eighteenth century Britain and a Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. He holds degrees from the University of Southampton and latterly the University of Kent, where in 2010 he completed his doctoral research on the late-Georgian satirical artist-engraver Isaac Cruikshank.

As an eighteenth centuryist, his research interests include satirical art, the making and selling of printed objects, urban protest, and corpus analysis. His near historical interests include the curation of personal digital archives, the critical examination of forensic software and captures, the use of born-digital archives in historical research, and scribing and archiving in the age of the hard disk.

Prior to joning Sussex, James has held positions of Digital Curator at the British Library and Postdoctoral Fellow with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies of British Art. He is a convenor of the Institute of Historical Research Digital History seminar and a member of the History Lab Plus Advisory Board.

We very much hope you will be able to join us in Swansea to hear James’ keynote on Library Carpentry, whether as a day delegate or while attending the full conference. The early bird offer has now closed but bookings remain open until 17th August 2016.

To see the full programme for the conference and to book online visit the conference web page here.