This is essentially what I'll be talking about at Code4lib, so, yes, yet
another mailing list, but this one has an actual outcome to work on!


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Subject:        [DC-GENERAL] Announcement: RDA Vocabularies work begun
Date:   Wed, 20 Feb 2008 11:19:33 -0500
From:   Diane I. Hillmann <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:       Diane I. Hillmann <[log in to unmask]>
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might have an interest in this work.


*Announcement: Work Begins on the RDA Vocabularies*

The DCMI/RDA Task Group was formed in April of 2007, when members of the
Joint Steering Committee for the Development of RDA, Dublin Core and the
W3C Semantic Web Deployment Working Group met in London. At that
meeting, two tasks relating to RDA vocabularies were identified:
1.  definition of an RDA Element Vocabulary
2.       disclosure on the public web of RDA Value Vocabularies using
RDF/RDFS/SKOS technologies

The RDA Vocabularies Project proposes to surface these underlying
bibliographic elements in the form of Semantic Web vocabularies, thereby
making them reusable in Semantic Web applications and citable with
Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs).  This will be based on RDF
(Resource Description Framework), a generic grammar for expressing data
for use not just by humans, but also in automated processes of data
integration and "intelligent" reasoning.

The work will be lead by the DCMI/RDA Task Group chairs: Gordon Dunsire
of the University of Strathclyde and Diane Hillmann of Cornell
University (with support from Tom Baker of the Dublin Core Metadata
Initiative). Other participants working closely with the project are:
*      Karen Coyle (independent consultant well known in the library world)
*   Alistair Miles (editor for the Simple Knowledge Organization System
(SKOS) and member of the W3C SWDWG)
*        Mikael Nilsson (researcher in the Knowledge Management Research
Group, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and co-chair of the DCMI
Architecture Forum)

Partial funding for the effort has been secured, and sources of
additional funding are still being sought.  Potential funders should
contact Diane Hillmann at_ [log in to unmask] for further information.

Public information on the progress of the project is available on the
DCMI/RDA Task Group wiki, see:_  Continuing discussion on the
work of the Task Group will take place on the public mailing list
maintained by the task group and available for open subscription at:_  Feedback, comment and
experimentation with the products that the group will be presenting is
both welcome and essential to the success of the work.

Karen Coyle / Digital Library Consultant
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ph.: 510-540-7596   skype: kcoylenet
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