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Tuesday, July 13 • 9:00am - 10:30am
H4: The Semantic Web and RDA: Making the Catalog a Networked Bibliographic Environment

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Target Audience: Library directors, catalogers, technical services librarians, information system managers, database managers
Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will be able to describe the features and functionality of the Semantic Web.
2. Participants will be able to explain how Semantic Web technology can transform library data, using RDA (Resource Description and Access) as an example.

This presentation will introduce how Resource Description and Access (RDA), the upcoming cataloging standard, can integrate the library catalog with the web services developing out of the Semantic Web. The Semantic Web is an emerging technology that will build a web of knowledge from today's web of documents. Using Resource Description Framework (RDF), the Semantic Web focuses on the identification of information entities and the relationships between them. RDA is similarly based on the entity-relationship model of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR). Applying Semantic Web concepts to the new cataloging standard can result in the evolution of library data into a more effective and flexible information retrieval tool. This will also facilitate data-mining and bibliometric analysis based on the bibliographic relationships coded in the structured metadata.

Tuesday July 13, 2010 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
CCC-Room 205-207

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