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Talk given at CNBA in Rome, May, 2007. Describes work on new cataloging rules (RDA) in the Anglo-American library arena.

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  • 1. Catalog 2.0 Karen Coylehttp://www.kcoyle.net

2. Timeline 1990 Exchange of data between libraries2000 Use of the web to interact with users 2010 Exchange of library data with Web services 2020 Library catalogs are no longer a destination but an integral part of the information space 3. The isolation

  • Libraries only connect to other libraries
  • No one outside of libraries uses our bibliographic data
  • There is no direct connection between the data in library catalogs and bibliographic data found elsewhere
  • It is difficult for libraries to interact with Web services

4. The user begins with a search on Google Books 5. and is informed that the local public library has the book. 6. The library catalog can also link out to other resources. 7. such as reviews. 8. Cataloging

  • AACR1/2 a manual standard, from 1967
  • MARC21 one possible way to codify AACR in a machine-readable form; a separate standard
  • FRBR Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records a functional standard 1998
  • AACR3RDA Resource Description and Access in development as a manual standard - 2004
  • RDA in RDF an agreement to create a rigorous, machine-readable bibliographic standard

9. Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) FRBR provides a basic structure for bibliographic description. 10. Creators/producers 11. Topics 12. RDA is a textual standard 13. The resulting cataloging is similar to that created for card catalogs 14. RDA includes some lists of terms that should not be part of the cataloging rules themselves. They need to be able to be used outside of RDA and they need to be able to grow. 15. These same terms could be expressed in a machine-readable web format. 16. Information can be given about each term, with broader and narrower concepts. 17. While a human will see an eye-readable display, a machine accessing that same term will be given the data in a format that it can use programmatically. 18. The context within the vocabulary is included 19. New terms can be added at any time, without requiring a change to the standard itself. 20. An entry for a term can include definitions, synonyms, or any other information included in the design of the vocabulary software. 21. All of this information about the term becomes available to programs, and might be used to aid input or to inform catalog users. 22. Dublin Core + FRBR + RDF The Dublin Core community is already experimenting with FRBR, showing how a shared view of the deep structure of bibliographic data can lead to compatibility between standards. 23. 24. Article 1. Smith, John. Use of Dublincore with FRBR New York,London, 2007 LibraryCatalog One day, the bibliographic citation in a document may be able to make use of the same structure that underlies the library catalog. This will make linking more accurate between different uses of the same bibliographic entry. 25. Integration

  • Library data will be available to all bibliographic applications on the Web
  • There will be an integrated bibliographic universe
  • There will be more of a connection between documents, bibliographies and the library catalog
  • There will be more re-use of the cataloging done by libraries

26. What will be the effect on libraries and librarians?

  • RDF will be in the background behind cataloging and the catalog
  • There will be little obvious difference to users
  • There will be much more of a possibility to develop software and services based on library metadata
  • You wont need to learn RDF to do your job!

27. This becomes the norm 28. http://www.kcoyle.net/cnba.html Some useful links 29. Thank you Karen Coyle [email_address]

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