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Functional requirements for bibliographic linked data: the FR family and the Semantic Web Gordon Dunsire Presented to the ALCTS FRBR Interest Group, ALA.

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1 Functional requirements for bibliographic linked data: the FR family and the Semantic Web Gordon Dunsire Presented to the ALCTS FRBR Interest Group, ALA Annual, 24 June 2011

2 Overview Background Resource Description Framework Representing Functional Requirements for the Semantic Web Some issues Legacy catalogue records

3 FRBR Does not cover authorities FRAD Does not cover subjects FRSAD FR Consolidated model ? Semantic Web versions recapitulate this sequence: * Earlier models in use before later models published * Later models re-use elements from earlier models * Reflects semantic development over time * Provides learning curve for FRBR Review Group

4 Background RDA: resource description and access is based on FRBR and FRAD Bibliographic metadata content guidelines DCMI RDA Task Group asked to develop an RDF representation of RDA Following the London meeting in April 2007 Stimulated creation of FRBR namespaces project To develop RDF representation of FRBR

5 RDF Resource Description Framework Basis of the Semantic Web Metadata expressed as atomic statements A simple, single, irreducible statement The creator of this work is R. Shankar Constructed in 3 parts Triple

6 RDF triples The creator of this work is R. Shankar Subject of the statement = Subject: This work Nature of the statement = Predicate: has creator Value of the statement = Object: R. Shankar This work – has creator – R. Shankar subject – predicate – object RDF requires the subject and predicate of a triple to have machine-readable identifiers Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) Object of triple can be a URI, or a literal string like a title

7 RDF properties and classes A predicate is called a property Properties link two things A specific work with a specific creator This work R. Shankar A generic type of thing is called a class Works, Persons, Places, etc. Properties can specify which class the subject and object of a triple should belong to Subject domain; object range

8 Methodology (1) Open Metadata Registry used for basic representation in RDF Same approach as RDA Provides URI assignment; labels, definition, scope note, property range and domain FR family are entity-relationship models Entity => RDF Class E.g. FRBR Work Entity attribute => RDF property E.g. FRBR has-intended-audience Entity-entity relationship => RDF property E.g. FRBR is-realized-through (Work-Expression)

9 Classes Properties FRBR Groups are not (super-)classes [FRBR Review Group] Group 1 entities are not classes [some ontologists]

10 Capture mode Capture mode is the means used to record notation, sound, or images in the production of a manifestation (e.g., analogue, acoustic, electric, digital, optical etc.) Person The fifth entity defined in the model is person: an individual. The entity defined as person encompasses individuals that are deceased as well as those that are living. Entity => Class Label Definition Scope note Attribute => Property Label Definition Scope note

11 Verbalised label URI URI for Manifestation

12 Spanish translation of label - URI remains the same

13 Methodology (2) Terminology of labels, definitions and scope notes based as closely as possible on source documentation E.g. Property label = has + attribute name Classes and properties declared for prior model(s) re- used in current model E.g. FRAD re-uses URIs from FRBR namespace E.g. FRBR Expression; FRBR has-key No re-use of RDF resources from external community namespaces such as Dublin Core Terms Equivalences likely to be established later

14 Methodology (3) FR attribute properties have domain but no range Required by the model for extensibility E.g. FRBR has-key (domain = Work) Relationship properties have domain and range E.g. FRBR is-realized-through (domain = Work; range = Expression)

15 General, non-technical issues Consistency within documentation Written for human consumption; evidence of variable phrasing to make it more readable E.g. prior, preceding, first Consistency of labels of RDF resources E.g. has a reproduction (regular) vs has reproduction (irregular) Documentation refers to sub-types of entity E.g. musical work, serial First pass: sub-type => sub-class But wrong due to semantic overlap

16 Opaque URIs frbrer:P1001 Not IFLA operates in a multilingual environment Anglophone bias avoided Labels, etc. in English but no problem in accommodating translations Allows subsequent changes to alternative and preferred labels without causing confusion URI must not change!

17 Linking the FR models Relationships between separate FR model classes and properties are declared with RDF equivalence and hierarchical properties E.g. owl:sameAs, rdfs:subClassOf E.g. FRAD class Corporate Body seems to be a sub-class of FRBR Corporate Body Will inform the consolidated model Which may also require additional classes and properties

18 RDA issues DCMI RDA Task Group has declared parallel FRBR classes within RDA namespace Could not wait for FRBR RDF resources to be approved JSC to decide whether to substitute FRBR namespace resources, or declare equivalence Conflict with FRBR in RDA implementation scenarios? RDA Manifestation embodies Work and Expression; FRBR allows only Expression

19 Legacy catalogue records Domain and range of FR (and RDA) properties inhibit use for creating triples from non- FRBRized catalogue records Need separate URIs for each specific Work, Expression, Manifestation, and Item Solution: equivalent properties with no domain or range Need just a URI for the specific resource described RDA has such unbounded properties

20 Thank you FRBR Review Group Open Metadata Registry Library Linked Data Incubator Group Sponsors ALA Cataloging & Classification Quarterly MARCIVE, Inc.

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