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Report 1.4 - Current state of BIBFRAME development (Green & Thompson)

Posted By Kimmy Szeto, Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Originally Posted to the Task Force Group Blog By Tracey L. Snyder, Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Green & Thompson


In their presentation at the DCMI conference in October 2014, Peter Green & Timothy A. Thompson from Princeton University Library talked about their first six months of BIBFRAME testing, April to October 2014. At their library, there has been a decrease in the number of professional catalogers over the years; additionally, catalogers have undergone a change in their job titles, from catalogers to metadata librarians.

The core group of staff members testing BIBFRAME included the head of cataloging, an electronic resources librarian, a metadata librarian (with Spanish and Portuguese specialties), and a cataloging and metadata technical specialist. Their unit’s interest in testing BIBFRAME was motivated by desire to contribute, learn, give feedback, stay relevant, and stay busy.

In April 2014, the process began with an introduction to BIBFRAME for professional catalogers, in which they learned about Linked Data and the BIBFRAME model. A BIBFRAME testers group was formed, composed of 11 professionals with specialties in music, rare materials, and non-Latin materials. This group held weekly meetings, and the core group mentioned above also met as needed. Tasks were decided upon on a week-by-week basis and included the following:

·         Test marc2bibframe and submit issues

·         Analyze model

·         Test BIBFRAME editor (at LC)

·         Read/discuss BF forum listserv

·         Read/discuss AV study

·         Create profiles

·         Check MARC records enriched with URIs

·         Create use cases

The group developed a few tools locally, including a web page with useful links, a spreadsheet for tracking issues, and local web service to generate links used in test records. The group also experimented with several tools to search, explore, and visualize RDF data, including Fuseki, Pubby, Snorql, LodLive, VisualRDF, and RelFinder.

Outcomes achieved include:

·         Reported marc2bibframe issues

·         BF Editor feedback

·         Contributions to listserv discussions

·         Interesting internal discussions

·         Experimentation toward pilot projects

·         Initiated collaborations with Library Systems, Digital Humanities Center

Challenges encountered include:

·         Time

·         Steep learning curves

·         Silence in meetings

·         Core Group as instructors

·         Technology (esp. BFE output + input)

·         (Ironic) sense of testing in isolation

Phase 2 pilot projects are planned for December 2014. These include:

·         Latin American Periodicals input project

·         Large-scale MARC enrichment (URIs)

·         Create original descriptive data for small projects

·         Visualizations

·         Training

·         Collaborations with interested parties from other institutions

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