Committee on Technical Processing (CTP)
Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL)
CTP Pre-Conference Workshop: 2016 CEAL Cataloging Workshop

2016 CEAL CTP Annual Conference Program

BIBFRAME, Linked Data, and Their Application in East Asia Technical Services

Sheraton Ravenna
Thursday, March 31, 2016
10:15-11:15 AM

Development and Testing of BIBFRAME at the Library of Congress By Randall K. Barry, Chief of the Asian & Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress (Slides)

Mr. Barry will be presenting an update on development and testing of BIBFRAME, a new standard for bibliographic data based on the concepts of linked data. His focus will be work going on at the Library of Congress to test the BIBFRAME vocabulary as a replacement for the MARC standard which has been used by libraries since 1969. The Library of Congress is playing an important role with BIBFRAME since it is not only testing the standard, but also developing a model of the technology that could be used to support creation of bibliographic data compatible with BIBFRAME. He will give a general overview of BIBFRAME, describe how it is being tested at LC, explain the challenges of developing a system for creation of BIBFRAME data, and describe a likely scenario for BIBFRAME’s eventual replacement of MARC in libraries and the library marketplace. East Asian libraries represent an important segment of the library community, with special needs, especially related to the representation and transliteration of bibliographic data. Mr. Barry’s presentation will touch upon the challenges of accommodating CJK data in BIBFRAME and what is being done to include CJK and other nonroman data in overall planning and development.

Speaker’s Bio: He is currently chief of the Asian & Middle Eastern Division at the Library of Congress. He holds multiple degrees from the University of Maryland: a B.A. in French & German language received in 1976, and a B.A. in Russian language received in 1985. He has studied Arabic and most recently Mongolian, for which he is one of the few staff at LC with any expertise. He has a Master of Library & Information Science degree from the Catholic University of America. He has worked at LC since 1977 in both acquisitions and cataloging division and now heads a division with responsibilities for both areas. From 1987 to 2003 he worked in the Network Development & MARC Standards Office at LC, where he specialized in foreign MARC and character sets. During that time he was heavily involved in projects to develop and implement the CJK character sets, Unicode, and a variety of ALA-LC Romanization tables. He worked with the Chinese library community in the switch from Wade-Giles to Pinyin Romanization for Chinese. Although serving as a manager since 2003, he has continued to handle some acquisitions and cataloging work, most recently for Mongolian titles. With his background in cataloging and library standards development, he continues to be involved with character sets, transliteration, MARC, RDA, and now BIBFRAME.

BIBFRAME and Linked Data at the University of Washington by Joseph Kiegel, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, University of Washingto (Slides)

The University of Washington has been working actively on BIBFRAME and linked data since 2014. This presentation describes three separate projects. The first involved staff training in RDF and BIBFRAME, and then a review of MARC records converted to BIBFRAME. In a second project, a mapping from RDA Core to BIBFRAME was developed and tested using native RDA cataloging. A third project involved creating an RDA input form that outputs BIBFRAME and RDA/RDF. CJK examples are provided throughout.

Speaker’s Bio: He is Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at the University of Washington Libraries in Seattle. Beginning his career as a Slavic cataloger, he has held supervisory positions in cataloging and monographic acquisitions for 30 years. He has been active in the review of BIBFRAME and in the practical applications of RDA/RDF. He has an MLIS and an MA in Russian language and literature from the University of Iowa.

The Chinese Geo-Name Calculator: Linked Data Approach By Haiqing Lin, Stella Tang, and Karen Yu, UC Berkeley (Slides)

Chinese geographic name authority control is crucial to cataloging of location specific materials, such as Chinese gazetteers. However, to identify geographic locations and keep geographic information current and accurate is a difficult process. In response to those challenges, we are proposing a linked data application, Chinese Geo-Names Calculator, to aggregate Chinese geographic information from various authoritative sources on the web to facilitate identification of Chinese geographic names. In our initial phase of the project, more than 3,500 Chinese location names from Chinese government websites, more than 5,500 Chinese geographic features from the GeoNet, and more than 3,000 LC name authority records from the Library of Congress have been represented as RDF data. About 90,000 triples have been stored in ARC2 triple-store. A SPARQL endpoint has been created for query those RDF data. The Chinese Geo-Name Calculator also provides an HTML interface to allow searching RDF database. The information will be real-time and dynamically aggregated from GeoNet, LC Linked Data Service and DBpedia. The Chinese Geographic name elements are also tagged by MARC21 tags to allow users to import Chinese Geo-Names to their cataloging system. The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how this linked data application works, with focus on how to consume linked data resources on the web and how to publish Chinese GeoNames as linked Data, and how it can be utilized by CJK cataloger as well.

Speaker’s Bio: Haiqing Lin is the Head of Technical Services C.V. Starr East Asian Library, UC Berkeley, who has written and presented on linked data extensively.

Stella Tang is the newest member of UC Berkeley East Asian Library. Prior to this job, she worked as Serials and Authority Control Librarian for Mills College Library and Technical Services Librarian for the California Academy of Sciences Library. She was also a NACO cataloger for both NACO and CJK NACO programs.

Karen Yu is the Chinese Cataloging Librarian and CJK NACO coordinator of UC Berkeley. She has actively involved with linked data related activities, such as UC System Cataloging and Metadata Common Knowledge Group and UC System Next Generation Technical Services. She is also a current member of CEAL CTP.


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