The Thing-athon is a hackathon for metadata created using RDA: Resource Description and Access and the RDA editor RIMMF, where catalogers, developers, and vendors get together to explore RDA and its application beyond the MARC environment. The Thing-athon is based on the Jane-athons that focus on Jane Austen and her works; these have been a great success and a lot of fun. So make sure to include our event in your conference plans. The Thing-athon will take place on at the Lamont Library on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge. Refreshments and a pizza lunch will be provided.
Each of the following topics will be the focus of one or more collaborative teams/tables during the RIMMFing session on the day. Each team will have an expert leader, and/or access to a roving expert coach. RIMMF will be used to illustrate the issues discussed.
Strings vs things. A focus on replacing strings in metadata with URIs for things. Higher education and research library data tend to store human-readable labels rather than machine-readable identifiers. If the labels for names and titles do not use linked authority control, relating the underlying things must rely on matching strings, whether they are transcribed or recorded as access points.
Institutional repositories, archives and scholarly communication. A focus on issues in relating and linking data in institutional repositories and archives with library catalogs. Institutional repositories and archives hold a wide range of resources associated with teaching and research. Many of the repository resources are often intrinsically related, such as conference presentations, pre-prints, and final published papers, as is recognized in the Scholarly Works Application Profile, based on the same FRBR model as RDA. The resource creators also have complex relationships with each other and with academic departments, institutions, and research groups.
Rare materials and RDA. A focus on continuing the discussions on the development of RDA and DCRM2 begun at the JSC meeting and the international seminar on RDA and rare materials held in November 2015.
Digitization. A focus on how RDA relates metadata for digitized resources to the metadata for original resources, and how RIMMF can be used to improve the quality of MARC 21 records during digitization projects. This topic is recommended for those new to RDA and RIMMF.
Undergraduate editions. A focus on issues of multiple editions that have little or no change in content, vs. significant changes in content, and how RDA accommodates the different scenarios. This topic is recommended for those new to RDA and RIMMF.
Meeting Type: Ticketed Event
Interests: Archives, Cataloging, Digitial Libraries, Electronic Resources, Integrated Library Systems (ILS), Library School Education, Metadata
Library Type: Academic, Association, Community College, Consortium, Corporate, Government, Law, Library School, Museum, Research Library
Cost: Ticketed Event. Not included with registration.