RDA and the Open Metadata Registry

Presented at: 8th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2009)

by Jon Phipps, Diane Hillmann

Webpage: http://kcap09.stanford.edu/share/posterDemos/168/index.html
Webpage: http://kcap09.stanford.edu/share/posterDemos/168/paper168.pdf

As more and more of the world's databases are opened to the Semantic Web as linked data, there is a growing awareness of the need for upper-level ontologies and RDF vocabularies to support the dissemination of this data. For more than 150 years libraries have been developing standards for describing resources contained in the world's libraries. This year, for the first time in its long history, the library community is making that experience and knowledge freely available as a coordinated set of controlled vocabularies and upper-level ontologies. Resource Description and Access (RDA) is the international library community's new standard for resource description. A component of this standard -- the RDA Vocabularies -- will finally allow libraries to make the vast silos of library and museum metadata publicly available as semantically rich linked data, and provide the semantic web and linked data communities access to more than a century of library experience in describing resources. The Open Metadata Registry is hosting these vocabularies. The Registry is an Open Source, non-commercial project specifically designed to provide individuals, communities, and organizations an easy-to-use platform supporting the development and dissemination of multi-lingual controlled vocabularies and upper-level and domain-specific ontologies. This demo, poster and related handouts will introduce Resource Description and Access (RDA) and the Open Metadata Registry vocabulary development platform to the Semantic Web Community.

Keywords: Semantic Web

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