Diane Hillmann, distinguished guest, to talk about RDA, FRBR, and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative’s support for RDA vocabularies

What: 2010 Open Metadata Class / Cataloging Research Blitz number 3
Who: Diane I. Hillmann, Director of Metadata Initiatives, Information Institute of Syracuse; and Partner, Metadata Management Associates
When: Monday, December 6, 12:30-1:30, with a reception to follow
Where: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room

Title: RDA (Resource Description and Access): Beyond Cataloging Rules
Abstract: RDA is more than a set of cataloging rules; it is an implementation of a new model of bibliographic data based on the entities and relationships that are defined in the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR). This new model is highly compatible with the concepts underlying the Semantic Web and provides libraries with a unique opportunity to be part of the growing web of data. Hillmann will describe the work done by the DCMI/RDA Task Group to build the RDA Vocabularies, related work done by TG co-chair Gordon Dunsire on the IFLA vocabularies: ISBD, FRBR, FRAD and FRSAR, and the implications of that work for libraries.

Biographical Note: Diane Hillmann is currently a partner in the consulting firm Metadata Management Associates and Director of Metadata Initiatives at the Information Institute of Syracuse. From 1977 to 2008 she was associated with Cornell University Library, as a Law cataloger, technical services manager, and manager of authorities and maintenance processes for the Cornell Library’s database. She also participated in the Cornell portion of the National Science Digital Library Core Infrastructure as Director of Library Services and Operations between 2000-2005. Diane was a liaison to and member of MARBI from the late 1980′s to 2000, specializing in the Holdings and Authorities formats, which lead to her early participation in the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. She is currently a member of the DCMI Advisory Board, was co-Program Chair for the DC-2010 conference in Pittsburgh, and continues as co-chair of the DCMI/RDA Task Group. She was formerly editor of “Using Dublin Core” and a charter member of the DCMI Usage Board. Diane edited (with Elaine Westbrooks) “Metadata in Practice,” published by ALA Editions (2004) and publishes frequently on digital library and metadata issues in the Metadata Matters blog.

Supported by the SILS Metadata Research Center and the University of North Carolina Libraries.

Fall Cataloging Research Blitz: Second in a Series

August 30th, 2010
Presentation: Fall Research Blitz

Fall Cataloging Blitz

On a hot summer day in Chapel Hill, blitzers presented their research to a crowd of almost fifty students, faculty, library staff and visitors at Davis Library. The three-minute blitzes covered a wide range of research areas including geotagging, ebook collection coverage, information visualization, non-traditional cataloging, folksonomies, and metadata quality. A list of particpants from the UNC Libraries, SILS and RENCI and their presentations are now available.

The Fall Research Cataloging Blitz was the second in a three-part series that celebrates 2010, as the “Year of Cataloging Research.” The UNC Libraries and School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Metadata Research Center coordinated the event. Margaretta J. Yarborough, head of Resource Description and Management, and Dr. Jane Greenberg, SILS professor and director of the Metadata Research Center, UNC Libraries organized and kicked-off the blitz, as well as the social meet and greet activities afterward.

The final blitz will be held on December 6th, 2010, focusing on Resource Description and Access (RDA). Please join us for a presentation by special guest Diane Hillmann, Director of Metadata Initiatives at the Information Institute of Syracuse and partner in the consulting firm Metadata Management Associates. We hope to see you there!

Dr. Jane Greenberg wins 2010 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research

April 22nd, 2010
Paper: Theoretical considerations of lifecycle modeling: An analysis of the Dryad repository demonstrating automatic metadata propagation, inheritance and value system adoption
Dr. Jane Greenberg, professor and director of the Metadata Research Center, of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been awarded the 2010 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research by the Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA).

Greenberg wrote the winning paper titled, “Theoretical considerations of lifecycle modeling: An analysis of the Dryad repository demonstrating automatic metadata propagation, inheritance and value system adoption”. The article explores lifecycle modeling for understanding metadata and reports the results of two extensive studies.
More information can be found here.

LOC guests visit seminar for Knowledge Organization at SILS

April 21st, 2010
Presentation: Barbara Tillet’s slides
Earlier in the afternoon, LOC guests participated in a “Seminar on Knowledge Organization” that Greenberg teaches annually. Tillett gave a presentation entitled, Building Blocks for the Future: Making Controlled Vocabularies Available for the Semantic Web, Summers spoke about linked data and Dechman followed Summers presentation demonstrating the LOC Authorities and Vocabularies service moving towards linked data. Greenberg opened her class to members of the UNC library community.

A Cataloging Research Blitz: Celebrating 2010 as the Year of Cataloging Research!

April 19th, 2010
Presentation: A Cataloging Research Blitz!!!

Library of Congress guests, SILS students and faculty, UNC Library staff and visitors from the Research Triangle Park and surrounding libraries came together for a celebration that featured a blitz on cataloging research. A list of the Blitzers can be found here. This was the first *blitz* of three (3), sponsored by the SILS Metadata Research Center and the UNC Libraries, to celebrate 2010 as the year of cataloging research.

Several SILS students and UNC library staff “blitzed” through their cataloging/metadata research, followed by a reception.

Library of Congress guests included:
~ Barbara B Tillett, Chief, Policy and Standards Division, LC

~ Libby Dechman, Senior Policy Specialist, LC

~ Ed Summers, Software Developer/Librarian, LC

More information on the event can be found here.

Lee Dirks, Director of Education & Scholarly Communications in Microsoft’s External Research division, presents on innovative technology for scholarly communication

April 14, 2010
The SILS/Metadata Research Center and the UNC Scholarly Communications Group hosted a special session with Lee Dirks of Microsoft.
PDF: The MSR Scholarly Communication Fact Sheet May09
Presentation: Transforming Scholarly Communication
Date/time/place: Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 10:00-11:00 AM/UNC Manning Hall, Room 01
Abstract: Lee Dirks leads a team that serves as a critical link between academia and Microsoft product groups developing scholarly communication technologies. Their aim is to: (1) Optimize for data-driven research and science; (2) Enable broad community engagement through greater interoperability; (3) Help ensure that data storage is reliable and secure for the long term; (4) Build on existing community protocols, practices and guidelines; (5) Harness collective intelligence through social networking and intelligence through social networking and semantic knowledge discovery. Lee’s presentation will provide an overview of the recent accomplishments and work in progress with institutions around the world as well as our vision and some future plans.

SILS’ annual Open Metadata Class, sponsored by the Metadata Research Center

November 30, 2009
This year’s distinguished guest is Matt Jones, Director of Informatics Research and Development, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Presentation: Beyond discovery: Using Metadata to Drive Scientific Data Integration and Analysis

Date/time/place: November 30, 2009, 2:00-3:15, UNC Campus, Undergraduate Library, Room 205
Biographical Note: Matthew Jones is the Director of Informatics Research and Development at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UC Santa Barbara. His research addresses the management, integration, analysis, and modeling of heterogeneous data. Recent projects have produced effective new techniques for information management and analysis. Jones co-founded the Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity (KNB), a long-term data archive of environmental data sets. He contributed to the creation and ratification of the Ecological Metadata Language and the Biological Data Profile metadata standards. Recent projects focus on Kepler, an open-source scientific workflow system that Jones co-founded with other researchers; DataONE, a global data repository aimed to promote access to data about life on earth and the environment; and SONet, an effort to achieve environmental data interoperability through semantic modeling of scientific observations. Jones has a B.A. degree in ecology from Dartmouth College, and a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Florida.

Press Release 2009

August, 2009
BotCamp, part of BOT 2.0, is an innovative program featuring a curriculum that weaves together botany, environmental conservation, the use of social technologies and metadata literacy. The program is designed to recruit, educate and retain nontraditional students in the study of botanical science. BOT 2.0 is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation and it is led by Dr. Jane Greenberg, SILS professor and director of the Metadata Research Center at SILS, and Dr. Alan Weakley, curator of the UNC Herbarium, a department of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. (More information about the program can be found here.)

First official meeting of the Dryad Consortium Management Board takes place at NESCent

May, 2009

The first meeting of the Dryad Consortium Management Board was held May 21-22, 2009 at NESCent in Durham, NC. Representatives from over a dozen journals met to launch and plan for the future of the consortium. Topics discussed included board governance, repository sustainability, the Joint Data Archiving Policy, intellectual property, repository policy, interactions with journals and other repositories, repository software development plans, and community engagement. A schedule of events is already available, and notes from the meeting are forthcoming.

$2.18 million NSF grant awarded to Dryad

May, 2009

The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) and the Metadata Research Center (MRC) have been developing Dryad in coordination with a large group of journals and societies in evolutionary biology and ecology. With the new grant, the additional team members are contributing to the development of the repository. (More information about the award can be found here.)