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ALA 2016 NISO Standards Update Hillman Bibliographic Roadmap

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This presentation was given as a part of the NISO Standards Update session at ALA Annual Meeting 2016. The session was scheduled for Sunday, June 26, and the presenter was Diane Hillman of Metadata Management Associates.

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ALA 2016 NISO Standards Update Hillman Bibliographic Roadmap

  1. 1. DEVELOPMENT OF STANDARDS TO SUPPORT VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE NISO UPDATE:
  2. 2. BEST PRACTICE GUIDANCE NEEDED IT’S A WILD WORLD OUT THERE … • NISO began exploring issues around vocabularies in 2013 as part of its NISO Bibliographic Roadmap Development Project (http://www.niso.org/topics/tl/BibliographicRoadmap/). • A new work item proposal for three Vocabulary development projects was proposed late in 2014, looking at: • Vocabulary policies and practices on use and reuse • Vocabulary documentation at all levels • Vocabulary preservation requirements • Marti Heyman (OCLC) chairs the Steering Committee and is also liaison to the Content & Collection Management Committee
  3. 3. ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS USE AND REUSE • The Use/Reuse group is chaired by Diane Hillmann (Metadata Management Associates) and Daniel Lovins (New York University) • Do potential users need to ask permission to use or extend a vocabulary? • How do practitioners know if they are extending a vocabulary correctly? • How are translations, forks, and versions managed? • This group is looking at both policy and social considerations; not technical issues
  4. 4. WHAT AND HOW? VOCABULARY DOCUMENTATION • The Documentation group is chaired by Natalie Bulick (Indiana State University) and Sean Glover (YBP) • Documentation is essential at the top (collection) level as well as at the level of classes, properties (element vocabularies) and concepts (value vocabularies) • What does good documentation look like? What should it support? • How does good documentation build stability? How important Is it to identify governance and sustainability policies?
  5. 5. COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR STABILITY? PRESERVATION • The Preservation group is chaired by Sherle Abramson-Bluhm (University of Michigan). • How can we limit “orphan vocabularies”? • Is it possible to assist organizations losing funding? • How do transitions in business models (from print to digital platforms) contribute to abandoned vocabularies? • Is it possible to build guidance and support for ‘adoption’ of orphan vocabularies by willing individuals or institutions?
  6. 6. FOCUS ON STABILITY THE REAL GOALS • Vocabularies are a critical part of bibliographic infrastructure • Libraries have traditionally depended on major institutional players to build and maintain vocabularies for the community • Distribution patterns for data are changing with the growth of linked data technologies, creating uncertainty • Looking more broadly at ‘cultural heritage’ identifies critical needs unmet with the continuing primary focus on library needs
  7. 7. ACTIVITIES REQUIRES ENABLES USE/RE-USE ADEQUATE PUBLIC DOCUMENTATION PRESERVATION, STABILITY DOCUMENTATION RESPONSIBLE LONG- TERM GOVERNANCE USE/RE-USE, PRESERVATION, STABILITY PRESERVATION ADEQUATE PUBLIC DOCUMENTATION; RESPONSIBLE LONG- TERM GOVERNANCE USE/RE-USE, STABILITY Relationships Between NISO BibRM Groups
  8. 8. DC-2011 (THE HAGUE): VOCABULARY WORKSHOP BACK TO THE BEGINNING • DC-2011 Vocabulary Special Session Meeting Report: http://wiki.dublincore.org/index.php/DC- 2011_Vocabulary_Special_Session/Meeting_Report • Workshop defined issues around use and interoperability for all kinds of vocabularies • Primary needs identified as establishing best practices and appropriate policies, as well as raising the general level of understanding • DCMI unable to follow up on the important issues
  9. 9. WEBINARS FOR ALL TO START: • Group as a whole decided that prior to starting work an educational component was necessary • Three webinars: • General issues in vocabulary management: Diane Hillmann • A Bibliographic Roadmap miscellany: Vocabularies in space, time, and nets: Gordon Dunsire • Vocabulary preservation issues: Pierre-Yves Vandenbussche (Linked Open Vocabularies)
  10. 10. A FOCUS ON SOCIAL AND POLICY ISSUES DECISIONS AND CONCLUSIONS • Technical issues are better handled by organizations such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and our recommendations will cite the most relevant • Remit of three groups is close and intertwined—the recommended practice document will include all • A major portion of the final recommendations will include definitions to clarify what we are talking about (and what we aren’t) • Hope to have an early draft for review out by fall of 2016 • Final recommendations expected by the end of the year

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