Corey Harper Workshop

Hey all,

Our guest speaker next week, Corey Harper, has a workshop in April. It’s called, “Semantic Web: Linking Up Libraries and Beyond.” It’s $25 for METRO members and current Library School students. It sounds like it could be interesting

From the NYART email I received:

In collaboration with the Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY) and the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), NYART is pleased to present this workshop entitled “Semantic Web for Librarians & Special Collections” with Corey Harper, the Metadata Services Librarian from New York University.

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010 Time: 10:30 – 12:00 pm

Place: The Graduate Center, City University of New York, Skylight Room (9100, 9th Floor), 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th Streets. Directions via Subway: # 6 (33rd and Park Ave); # 1 (34 and 7th Ave); B, D, F, Q, V, N, R, W (34th Street and 6th Ave).

Fee: $25.00 for METRO and ART members; $40 for non-members.


Description: Discovery systems and library web interfaces increasingly need to make use of metadata in a variety of formats and from myriad sources. With existing library technology, this is only possible through metadata harvesting and normalization, federated search, or some combination of the two. Both of these solutions are post-hoc, and don’t scale to the growing volume of data newly becoming available. Additionally, none of the standard library methods for metadata interoperability allow re-combining fragments of metadata at a finer granularity than the metadata record. This talk will focus on the technologies, philosophies and data models underpinning the Semantic Web and will demonstrate how these principles can improve metadata interoperability across library repositories and beyond. Looking at library metadata in a broader context and “web-ifying” it has the potential to allow libraries to more effectively re-purpose and re-use their own data and more easily integrate new data sources into our discovery environments. Additionally, publishing linked data allows others on the web to make innovative and effective use of librarian-created metadata such as controlled vocabularies and authority control schemes to allow for re-combining fragments of metadata at a finer degree of granularity than the metadata record.