Metadata’s Next Top Model: RDF and Its Impact on Digital Library Technology

February 18th 2015 @ 12:00pm
Wells Library E159: Hazelbaker Lecture Hall
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Juliet L. Hardesty, Metadata Analyst
Metadata Systems and Services


Metadata standards at Indiana University are well-established for many of our digital library collections. These standards have been expressed, for the most part, using XML - it’s easy to store, easy to read, easy to update, and easy to share. Newer forms of digital library technology, however, are expanding/enhancing the way that data is stored with and about digital objects, using the Resource Description Framework (RDF) to construct relationships, descriptions, and digital objects that are more semantically connected to the web. This new way of standardizing metadata has presented many challenges: introducing a new model midway through projects, migrating content from older models to RDF models, and figuring out in general what it means to use an RDF model for digital library collections.


This talk will discuss what has happened in the IU digital libraries with RDF to-date and the challenges and opportunities from this work.

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Wells Library W501
1320 East Tenth Street
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
Michelle Dalmau
Michelle Dalmau - Head, Digital Collections Services, Associate Librarian
(812) 855-1261