I'm still pretty new at this linked data thing, but I find it strange
that RDA element properties URIs such as
http://rdaregistry.info/Elements/a/P50209 both return the same HTML
page in a browser. Would it not have been more usable if the
properties used hash-URIs that could have located the particular
property on the particular page (e.g.
Also, a plain "curl" request returns Content-type:
application/octet-stream -- but it's pretty clearly Turtle, so I think
that should be Content-type: text/turtle
I would have liked to see more meaningful URIs--like
http://rdaregistry.info/Elements/agent/addressOf instead of
http://rdaregistry.info/Elements/a/P50209--as meaningful URIs seem a
lot more approachable to this non-machine, but I guess that would have
been a lot more work.
On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 10:45 AM, Diane Hillmann
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> I hope this announcement will be of general interest (and apologies if you
> receive more than one).
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: JSC Secretary <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM
> Subject: [rules] Publication of the RDA Element Vocabularies
> <snip recipients>
> RDA colleagues,
> See the announcement below, also posted on the JSC website. Feel free to
> share this information with your colleagues.
> Regards, Judy Kuhagen
> = = = = =
> The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC), Metadata
> Management Associates, and ALA Publishing (on behalf of the co-publishers
> of RDA) are pleased to announce that the RDA elements and relationship
> designators have been published in the Open Metadata Registry (OMR) as
> Resource Description Framework (RDF) element sets suitable for linked data
> and semantic Web applications.
> The elements include versions "unconstrained" by Functional Requirements
> for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and Functional Requirements for Authority
> Data (FRAD), the standard library models underpinning RDA, that are
> intended for use in applications by non-RDA communities.
> The published version of the RDA element sets builds on several years of
> work by the DCMI/RDA Task Group. Earlier versions developed by the Group
> will remain available, but will be deprecated for further development and
> use, and redirected to the new version.
> Gordon Dunsire, Chair of the JSC, said "The RDA element set is a
> distillation of modern approaches to resource discovery supporting rich
> descriptions of library and cultural heritage materials and detailed
> relationships between them at international level. The JSC has recently
> established a working group to assist in extending and refining the RDA
> elements, and hopes that they will be useful to other communities, ranging
> from close neighbours in library linked data to the global networks of
> general search."
> Diane Hillmann of Metadata Management Associates said "We are extremely
> pleased to be able to make this new version available now in fully
> published form, ready for implementation by libraries and vendors. We look
> forward to discussing the important features available in this version with
> our colleagues at the upcoming ALA Midwinter meetings and beyond."
> James Hennelly, Managing Editor of RDA Toolkit, said "This is an important
> update to the RDA Registry and a crucial step in the advancement of RDA's
> mission to be a standard that is accessible to both cataloging
> professionals, through the toolkit and print and ebook publications, and to
> application developers seeking to make use of library data, through the
> Registry's expression of the RDA elements and vocabularies."
> The basic RDA element set namespace is rdaregistry.info and it contains a
> total of over 1600 properties and classes. Elements are distributed in sets
> (the number of elements in each set is given in brackets):
> Agent properties
> Expression properties
> Item properties
> Manifestation properties
> Work properties
> Unconstrained properties
> Classes [http://metadataregistry.org/schema/show/id/83.html]<http://metadataregistry.org/schema/show/id/83.html>(8)
> Follow the links to see details of each element set.
> Questions or comments on the content of the element sets may be addressed
> to the Chair of the JSC, Gordon Dunsire [[log in to unmask]]. Questions
> and comments on the encoding of the vocabularies or on the Open Metadata
> Registry may be addressed to Diane Hillmann [[log in to unmask]].