BIBFRAME & Real World Applications of Linked Bibliographic Data

Virtual Conference

About This Virtual Conference

In the four years since the Library of Congress launched the BIBFRAME project, a tremendous amount of progress has been made in transforming traditional bibliographic information into new structures that are more grounded in linked data and web-centric principles.  This virtual conference will explore implementations of BIBFRAME data and related approaches to sharing and interacting with bibliographic data.  Speakers will address active projects based on linked data and how those services are improving interactions and discovery of information resources.

Event Sessions

11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. – Introduction


11:10am - 11:45am Landscape and Current Status of BIBFRAME and Related Initiatives


Our opening keynote speaker will provide an orientation for attendees by reviewing the current state of the BIBFRAME model as an initiative. She will introduce those groups and players operating independently but in collaboration with the BIBFRAME group. Finally, she will ensure that attendees have a basic familiarity with basic concepts and/or vocabulary needed in understanding subsequent speakers.

11:45am - 12:15pm BIBFRAME and BIBFRAME (Lite): A Deeper Dive


This presentation will review BIBFRAME and BIBFRAME (Lite) in more depth. It will describe the vision and milestones for the initiative and will further cover active working areas, including vocabulary redevelopment, naming conventions, profiles, and authority. Challenges such as mapping to other ontologies, single versus multiple namespace approaches, and communication between stakeholders will also be discussed.

12:15pm - 1:00pm What Does A Metadata Professional Need to Know?


For those institutions where staff are about to embark on their own implementations, these two speakers will discuss the competencies and skillsets needed in working with library linked data. What current skillsets might be productively employed? What resources are available or under current development? What training options exist?

The PCC Standing Committee on Training: Advancing the Library Communities Understanding of Linked Data


The current Strategic Directions of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging put the spotlight on the emerging linked data ontologies and vocabularies in the library domain, such as BIBFRAME, vocabularies on, or the RDA Registry. The PCC Standing Committee on Training (PCC SCT) was charged to evaluate existing linked data training resources (the report is now available) and highlight areas where training materials have yet to be created so that library staff can develop the skill set necessary to be part of the ongoing experimentation and engage in the discussions as we move forward.

This part of the Webinar will focus on the work completed by the PCC SCT so far and our plans moving forward.

1:00pm - 1:45pm Lunch

1:45pm - 2:15pm Practical Preparation and Progress for Implementation


The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) is undertaking the Linked Data for Professional Education (LD4PE) project to develop an open data competency index and using it curate a collection of learning resources relevant to learning and teaching Linked Data. In this session we will give an overview on the Linked Data Competency Index and the skills that we see for various roles who are or will be working with Linked Data. In addition, we will discuss some of the feedback we have received so far about the competency index and give an view of the Exploratorium of learning resources.

● LD4PE competency index overview
● How other stakeholders (tech vendors, systems providers) from information community can participate/assist
● Areas of potential interest to broader community

2:15pm - 2:45pm Case Study I: Princeton University: Encoding Annotations From Rare Books and Special Collections


Tim Thompson

Metadata Librarian (Spanish/Portuguese Specialty)
Princeton University Library

As part of the Linked Data for Production (LD4P) project, librarians at Princeton will be collaborating with colleagues from Cornell, Columbia, and the Bibliographic Standards Committee of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries to develop a BIBFRAME-compatible ontology for describing rare books and special collections. Princeton’s work will focus on adapting standards such as the Web Annotation Data Model and Vocabulary to encode handwritten dedications in the personal library of Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), which was acquired by the university in March 2015.

2:45pm - 3:15pm Case Study II: The Library of Congress BIBRAME Pilot: Assessment and Next Steps


3:15pm - 3:30pm Break

3:30pm - 4:00pm Case Study III: The Library.Link Network - Shared Infrastructure for Growing Library Visibility with Linked Data


This talk will provide an overview of the Library.Link Network ( The Library.Link Network creates an industry-wide focus on the collective visibility of libraries and their resources on the Web. Libraries and memory organizations have rich content and resources that the Web can not see or use. The Library.Link Network delivers Visibility as a Service through locally branded, large scale, common infrastructure for libraries, providers, and partners to publish and use data with non-proprietary, web standards. Libraries can then communicate in a way Web applications understand and Web users can see through the use of enabling technology like Linked Data and shared vocabularies such as and Bibframe. The Library.Link Network uniquely prioritizes the linking of these newly exposed library resources to each other and to other resources across the Web, a critical requirement of increased Web visibility.

4:00pm - 4:30pm Case Study IV: Authority Reconciliation in the Linked Data Ecosystem


Carl Stahmer

Director of Digital Scholarship
University of California, Davis Library

Linked Data makes it possible to contextualize traditional library catalogue records within a web of interconnected information. Unlike traditional cataloguing systems that depended on the adoption of strict, common ontologies to insure interconnectedness, the Link in Linked Data rests primarily on the adoption of common or connected Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI) across the network. This session will present possible workflows for reconciling URI’s based on research into library workflows conducted as part the IMLS supported BIBFLOW project at UC Davis.

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion Moderated by Todd Carpenter

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