Visits and events

This page will contain details of upcoming visits and events. The page will be updated regularly with more events so stay tuned!

MDG Conference 2023 and UKCoR RDA day 2023

The Metadata and Discovery Group 2023 in-person conference, followed by the UKCoR RDA day 2023, at IET Birmingham: Austin Court in Birmingham, England.

Conference theme

With our renewed mission to advocate for Metadata and Discovery firmly established this year’s conference aims to explore the topic of “Re-discovery”. We aim to Re-establish MDG as a committee, Re-energise our communities of practice, Re-establish our principles, Re-vitalise discovery and Re-imagine the future of description/metadata. Discovery is at the heart of the information world and the vital purpose of all metadata work. The conference will explore all aspects of metadata and discovery from traditional cataloguing to research data management and preservation and everything in between.

Find out more here.

Metadata tools – Working with MarcEdit and OpenRefine

Analysing, maintaining and updating bibliographic metadata can be challenging and time consuming tasks.  In this session three tools, Regular Expressions, MarcEdit and OpenRefine, will be introduced for working with data effectively and efficiently.  The day will include case studies looking at how these tools have been used to work with library data, and hands-on sessions with each of the tools, as well as an opportunity to discuss how they would apply to your own workplace.

The workshop requires participants to bring a laptop (not a tablet) and have the ability to install software on it.

Date: Friday 20th November 2015

Time: 10.00-16.00 (lunch and refreshments included)

Venue: The Venue Birmingham, 7 Cannon Street, B2 5EP


RDA & Rare Materials Seminar

A seminar associated with the meeting of the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA, which takes place 2-6 November 2015, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Organized by the Cataloguing and Indexing Group in Scotland (CIGS), with members of the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS), the European RDA Interest Group (EURIG), the CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group (RBSCG), CIG, IFLA and JSC.

Date and venue

Friday 6 November 2015
10.00– 16.00

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ (

Purpose & Objectives

Prompted by organizational changes within JSC, the revision of ACRL’s Rare Books & Manuscripts Section’s Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials, the international efforts of institutions and organizations to enhance bibliographic data sharing and interoperability, and the recognition that access to rare materials and special collections is vital for research and learning, this seminar brings together experts and practitioners from around the world. Participants will share, through a mix of presentations and discussion, their current practices and methods for the description of, and access to, rare materials. The objectives of this seminar are knowledge sharing to gain the widest possible picture of current practices and international collaboration on cataloging and descriptive standards.


Associated events in Edinburgh 2-9th November

The seminar is associated with several events of potential interest to attendees. These are scheduled at contiguous times, and will be included in the registration process for the seminar, with the exception of the RLS-athon on 9 November.

Thursday 5 November 2015


JSC meeting agenda item on RDA and the work of the RBMS RDA-DCRM Task Force. Observers are welcome and should register in advance, details will be available shortly.


Visits to the research collections at the University of Edinburgh (2-3pm) and the National Library of Scotland (3.30-4.30pm). Numbers are limited and advance registration is required, details will be available shortly.


RBMS RDA-Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials Task Force meeting. Primarily a business meeting to receive external input on a small set of the most pressing/contentious issues facing the DCRM group. Due to space considerations, participation will be limited, registration details will be available shortly.

Monday 9 November 2015


A jane-athon or hackathon using the RIMMF RDA data editor and focusing on the works of Robert Louis Stevenson (RLS). RLS was born in Edinburgh on 13 November 1850, and RLS Day is celebrated this week.  For more information on what a jane-athon consists of see


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