#bibframe - A New Data Model, RDF Vocabulary, and Emerging SemTech Ecosystem for the Library Community
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  Kevin Ford   Kevin Ford
Digital Project Coordinator
Library of Congress


Wednesday, August 20, 2014
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Level:  All - General Audience

In 2011, the Library of Congress launched its Bibliographic Framework (BIBFRAME) Initiative, a project to re-imagine and reinvent the bibliographic environment for description and discovery. The ultimate objective is to replace a MARC-based ecosystem with one that is RDF-based, and which adheres to linked data concepts and methods. LC published a draft BIBFRAME model and vocabulary in early 2012; both have seen significant development activity and refinements since then. Excited about transitioning to a more semantic environment, LC has started to encourage the development of test implementations. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the library sector's experience with Linked Data and how that participation has informed BIBFRAME to date. It will also provide a view into the current MARC-based ecosystem and a vision of what the library world's new ecosystem might become. Finally, the presentation will include an introduction to the Model and Vocabulary. With the library community moving in the direction of semantic technologies, this presentation may be of particular interest to vendors looking to move into new spaces.

BIBFRAME is a project to re-imagine and reinvent the bibliographic environment BIBFRAME is a project to replace a MARC-based ecosystem with semantic technologies BIBFRAME Model and Vocabulary are for bibliographic description and discovery BIBFRAME is based on linked data principles BIBFRAME, and all adopting libraries, is an emerging market

Kevin Ford works in the Network Development and MARC Standards Office at the Library of Congress where he serves on the six-member internal LC group shepherding the Library’s Bibliographic Framework Initiative, which is a project that will ultimately replace the MARC Communication Formats with a Linked Data model. Kevin is also the current project manager for the Library of Congress's Linked Data service, http://id.loc.gov. Kevin spends a significant amount of time modeling traditional library data - both bibliographic and authority data - in RDF for publication at ID. He consults regularly within and outside the Library on other vocabulary-related issues. He regularly follows Linked Data and Semantic Web developments for LC. He presented about ID.LOC.GOV at SemTech 2010 and is delighted to be returning.

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