NISO/DCMI Webinar: International Bibliographic Standards, Linked Data, and the Impact on Library Cataloging

There’s still time to register for the joint NISO/DCMI webinar on „International Bibliographic Standards, Linked Data, and the Impact on Library Cataloging,“ to be held August 24, 2011 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern time).


The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is responsible for the development and maintenance of International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD), UNIMARC, and the „Functional Requirements“ family for bibliographic records (FRBR), authority data (FRAD), and subject authority data (FRSAD). ISBD underpins the MARC family of formats used by libraries world-wide for many millions of catalog records, while FRBR is a relatively new model optimized for users and the digital environment. These metadata models, schemas, and content rules are now being expressed in the Resource Description Framework language for use in the Semantic Web.

This webinar provides a general update on the work being undertaken. It describes the development of an Application Profile for ISBD to specify the sequence, repeatability, and mandatory status of its elements. It discusses issues involved in deriving linked data from legacy catalogue records based on monolithic and multi-part schemas following ISBD and FRBR, such as the duplication which arises from copy cataloging and FRBRization. The webinar provides practical examples of deriving high-quality linked data from the vast numbers of records created by libraries, and demonstrates how a shift of focus from records to linked-data triples can provide more efficient and effective user-centered resource discovery services.


Speakers for the webinar are:

  • Gordon Dunsire, a freelance consultant with 25 years of experience working in academic libraries and ten years in digital library research. He is a member of IFLA’s ISBD/XML Study Group and FRBR Review Group, and he chairs the IFLA Namespaces Task Group. He is currently a member of a W3C Incubator Group on Library Linked Data.
  • Thomas Baker, Chief Information Officer of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, former co-chair of the W3C Semantic Web Deployment Working Group, and currently co-chair of a W3C Incubator Group on Library Linked Data.


Registration is per site (access for one computer). NISO and DCMI members can register at a discounted rate. A special student discount is available. Can’t make it on the scheduled date and time? Registrants receive access to the recorded version for one year to watch at your convenience.

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage.

Cynthia Hodgson
NISO Technical Editor Consultant
National Information Standards Organization
Phone: 301-654-2512

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