“Semantic Web” METRO Workshop

“Semantic Web: Linking Up Libraries and Beyond”

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.

Registration: http://bit.ly/bcsgII (ART members enter the promotional code “NYART” at checkout)


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.

Instructor: Corey Harper

Corey A Harper has been the Metadata Services Librarian at NYU since early 2007. Much of that time has been spent on an ILS migration, and on the implementation and upkeep of a next-generation Enterprise Search System: ExLibris’ Primo. This experience has further convinced him of the need for more rigorous data modeling and the use of common web protocols to support metadata interoperability. Prior to coming to NYU, Corey was nearly-a-cataloger-but-instead-a-Metadata-Librarian, as well as a Digital Library Developer and accidentally a systems librarian at the University of Oregon.

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017


Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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