Theodore Gerontakos | 23 Apr 02:11 2014

Announcement: Practical Linked Data with Open Source pre-conference at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

Apologies for cross-posting.
The LITA/ALCTS Linked Library Data Interest Group is sponsoring the following preconference at the 2014
ALA Annual Conference:

Practical Linked Data with Open Source

Friday, June 27, 2014, from 8:30A.M - 4:30 P.M. in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

This preconference takes you from understanding linked data in theory into publishing linked data in
practice! Through a series of learning exercises and live demonstrations, this day-long session will
focus on state of the art linked data practices, including introductions to applications in open source
integrated library systems, use of RDFa and [] to expose library data as
structured data, and developing and using design patterns to help solve common linked data problems.
This preconference is aimed primarily at catalogers and metadata specialists with some familiarity of
RDF; some knowledge of XML and HTML will also be assumed (although not required).

Participants should also bring a laptop to use during coding exercises.


Galen Charlton, Manager of Implementation, Equinox Software, Inc., Duluth, GA

Jodi Schneider, ERCIM Marie Curie Fellow, Inria Research Centre, Sophia Antipolis, France

Dan Scott, Systems Librarian, Laurentian University, Ontario, Canada

Richard Urban, Assistant Professor, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

The cost is $235 for LITA members, $350 for ALA members that are not LITA members, and $380 for all others.
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Meehleib, Tracy | 21 Apr 20:37 2014

Re: Retaining 035 information during conversion - identifier type addition

Hi Vicky,

Yes--we will update the XSLT with this identifier type. It will be included in the next issue of the XSLT.

Thank you,


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Subject: [MODS] Retaining 035 information during conversion

We have a set of MARC records we would like to convert to MODS but would like to retain the value in the MARC 035
field.  Unfortunately with the current conversion this is being omitted.  I've looked at the mappings and
none seem to mention the 035.  However it is in the xslt but is specific to OCLC.  Would it be possible to amend
this so that it will retain any institution value?  For example we have the following in our 035
<marc:datafield tag="035" ind1=" " ind2=" ">
            <marc:subfield code="a">(WlCaITV)20T02991</marc:subfield>

and would like this to come across into the MODS as

<identifier type="WlCaITV">20T02991</identifier>

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Alyson Dalby | 16 Apr 03:15 2014

Use of authorityURI and valueURI at lower level elements


I'm trying to create a MODS framework for a collection of photos of ships, 
and I'm hoping that the user community can help me with the use of the 
authorityURI and valueURI attributes.

The photos can contain multiple ships, each of which has several descriptive 
elements. To achieve this we're mapping along the following lines:

Ship 1:

Ship 2:

This seems fairly straightforward. Where things get complex is in the 
temporal element.

Each ship has three dates associated with it - the build date, commissioned 
date and the decommissioned date. As there is no display label attribute in 
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Vicky Phillips | 11 Apr 13:09 2014

Retaining 035 information during conversion

We have a set of MARC records we would like to convert to MODS but would
like to retain the value in the MARC 035 field.  Unfortunately with the
current conversion this is being omitted.  I've looked at the mappings and
none seem to mention the 035.  However it is in the xslt but is specific to
OCLC.  Would it be possible to amend this so that it will retain any
institution value?  For example we have the following in our 035 
<marc:datafield tag="035" ind1=" " ind2=" ">
            <marc:subfield code="a">(WlCaITV)20T02991</marc:subfield>

and would like this to come across into the MODS as

<identifier type="WlCaITV">20T02991</identifier>


Simone Sacchi | 10 Apr 23:48 2014

MODS relatedItem to associate datasets with research publications


We are using MODS as the metadata schema for our digital repository,
Academic Commons.  AC contains the scholarly work from Columbia
faculty, students, and staff of Columbia University. Increasingly, we
are receiving data files along with the research publication (e.g. a
conference paper).  We would like to describe these related files in a
relatedItem section of the main record, but none of the existing
relatedItem types appears to fit this case.

The existing types are:


Have other MODS users encountered this issue? If yes, how did you handle it?
Would it be useful to introduce a new type to cover this situation?
MARC  21 includes the 786 (Data Source Entry) for "Information
pertaining to a data source to which the described item is related. It
may contain information about other files, printed sources, or
collection procedures".
There is also dataSource in BIBFRAME. Definition: "Has data source /
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Jennifer Eustis | 15 Mar 14:08 2014

Local name authority lists


Currently we are building our new version of our digital repository. We have a lot of archival materials
being added. For people and corporate entities, there are no records anywhere. The archivist currently
keeps a local text file in Archivist Toolkit. But this isn't practical for the digital repository. 

How do people handle their local name authorities? Any suggestions are welcome. 

Thanks in advance. 

Marta Bustillo | 10 Mar 11:19 2014

Reviewers for "MODS and the Digital Repository of Ireland: A user guide"

Dear all,

I am writing to ask for the help of the MODS community for a project in Ireland. My name is Marta Bustillo, and I
am a metadata cataloguer in the Harry Clarke Studios Demonstrator Project for the Digital Repository of
Ireland (DRI): I am also a
member of the DRI's Metadata taskforce. At present, we are involved in creating metadata guidelines for
institutions depositing collections into DRI. We are not creating any new metadata schema, but we do have
a number of mandatory fields for deposit into our repository. We have just created our first draft of "MODS
and the Digital Repository of Ireland: A user guide", which is aimed at collections using MODS and wanting
to deposit into DRI. We need some external MODS experts, who would be willing to review our guidelines,
point out any errors or inconsistencies in them, and give us some general feedback about their clarity and usefulness.

If anyone on this list is interested in volunteering to become one of our external MODS experts/reviewers,
please contact me off list at the email address below. 

Many thanks in advance for your help,


Dr. Marta Bustillo
Assistant Librarian
Metadata Cataloguer (Digital Repository of Ireland Demonstrator Project)
Digital Resources and Imaging Services
Trinity College Library
College Street, Dublin 2
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Jennifer Eustis | 4 Mar 14:08 2014

use of publisher element

Hello collective wisdom,


Does the publisher element also cover sponsoring bodies?






Jennifer Marie Eustis

Catalog/Metadata Librarian

French & Francophone Studies Librarian

Homer Babbidge Library

University of Connecticut Libraries

369 Fairfield Way Unit 1005B

Storrs, CT 06269-1005B

Tel: 860-486-0384

Email: jennifer.eustis {at} lib.uconn. edu


Anila Angjeli | 3 Mar 17:48 2014

National library of France becomes an ISNI Registration Agency

***Apologies for cross posting****

In January 2014 the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) has become an ISNI Registration Agency.

The aim of the ISNI Registration Agency at the BnF will be to improve data interoperability across communities, both from public and private sector, and to promote trustful data created by libraries on the Web of data.  As ISNI Registration Agency the BnF will first address the identification needs related to the French media content industries and the French cultural heritage collections.

The BnF is a historical partner in the ISNI initiative at international level. Together with the British Library it represents the CENL(Conference of European National Librarians) in the ISNI International Agency (ISNI-IA) - the governing body of ISNI. Both libraries play a key role in the governance of the system, in the quality of the database, but also in supporting its promotion and large diffusion.

See the joint BnF/ISNI-IA press release:
In English:
- on the BnF website
- on the ISNI website
In French:
-on the BnF website

For more information see the BnF professional webpages :

About ISNI:

ISNI - ISO 27729 emerged as a response to the long felt need for a unique, global, cross-domain, standard, persistent identifier for the public identities of persons and organizations. Its primary motivation is the interoperable management of resources in the digital environment. A cross-domain initiative, ISNI is built directly on the functional legacy of library authority files. It started with more than 12 million authority records from VIAF, with data from numerous other contributors added in an on-going process. These include today 25 research organizations, rights management societies, publishers and others, and their number is growing constantly. Therefore ISNI is designed as a “bridge identifier”.

Uniqueness, persistence, and trust are ensured by a centrally governing system managed by the ISNI-International Agency (ISNI-IA) as a cross-domain public private partnership of 6 international organizations. Libraries are major stakeholders in the ISNI system, with the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the British Library representing the CENL, and with OCLC acting as ISNI Assignment Agency and managing the central database for open, global use. The task of providing data review and analysis is entrusted to the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the British Library. Experts from both libraries constitute the ISNI Quality Team.

ISNI official website:

Anila Angjeli
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Département  Information bibliographique et numérique (IBN)
Quai François Mauriac
F-75706 Paris cedex 13
Tél.: 33.(0)1.5379.5395

Exposition De Rouge et de Noir. Les vases grecs de la collection de Luynes - jusqu'au 4 janvier 2015 - BnF - Richelieu

Avant d'imprimer, pensez à l'environnement.

Subirats, Imma (OPCC | 24 Feb 10:34 2014

OR2014 Conference Update: Registration Open; New Scholarship Programme


A message from the Open Repositories 2014 Conference organizers

February 21, 2014
Read it online:

Register for Open Repositories 2014
New scholarship programme aims to expand OR participation
Helsinki, FI  We are pleased to announce that registration for Open Repositories 2014 is now open. The five-day conference will be held in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, from June 9 to June 13, 2014. You will find full registration information on the following page:

*Open Repositories 2014–registration and fees*

The early registration fee, 320 EUR, will be available until May 4. After May 4, the registration fee will be 400 EUR. The conference dinner will be held on Wednesday, June 11, on Valkosaari Island in Helsinki Harbor (more information here) and is priced separately at 60 EUR. There is also a special Friday evening excursion to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress (more information here) available for those delegates who will be staying in Helsinki until Saturday.

The full conference program is expected to be available in late April once the review process is completed. An early draft version of the schedule (subject to change) is available here:

The registration process will be handled by TAVI Congress Bureau. If you have questions related to conference registration, you can contact them directly at or-2014[at]

*Pilot scholarship programme* 

A highlight of this year's conference is the availability of delegate scholarships for the first time. The Open Repositories Steering Committee is delighted to announce a pilot Scholarship Programme for OR2014. This programme aims to expand participation by providing registration support for a small number of delegates to this year's conference. The scholarship programme is open to librarians, repository managers, developers and researchers in digital libraries and related fields.

Please note: the OR2014 scholarship programme provides a full discount for conference registration and the conference dinner. It does not cover other costs including accommodation, travel and subsistence. It is anticipated that the applicant's home institution will provide financial support to supplement an OR scholarship award.

Only fully-completed applications will be accepted. The deadline for applications is Sunday, March 14, 2014.

You may apply for funding here:

For more information or to nominate someone for a scholarship, please contact the Scholarship Committee chair, William J Nixon (william.nixon <at>

All the best,

Imma Subirats

Knowledge and Information Management Officer

OEKC, FAO of the United Nations

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla

00153 Rome (Italy)


Meehleib, Tracy | 21 Feb 23:52 2014

MARCXML to MODS 3.4 -- XSLT 1.0 (Revision 1.94) Announcement

MARCXML to MODS 3.4 -- XSLT 1.0 (Revision 1.94) Announcement

The Library of Congress' MARCXML to MODS 3.4 (XSLT 1.0 Revision 1.94) is now available via the Library of Congress' MODS Web site and at --it incorporates edits made in response to comments received since the release of Revision 1.93--and reflects a recent change in the mapping for the Leader 07 b.

The MODS 3.4 XSLT is based on the MARC to MODS 3.4 mapping made available by the Library of Congress and last updated in February of 2014 <>.

Please note that content standards and practices using MARC vary among institutions, and sometimes within an institution over time or between types of collections or materials. No one stylesheet can deal appropriately with all variations in the use of MARC. The mapping decisions underlying the changes we have made, as well as the decisions underlying the LC stylesheet should be tested on sample records to determine whether the results are as desired or whether the institution needs to modify the stylesheet for a particular collection of records.

General questions about the mapping may be directed to the MODS Editorial Committee members via Specific questions about the stylesheet may be addressed to Tracy Meehleib at .

Thank you,

Tracy Meehleib
Network Development and MARC Standards Office
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC 20540-4402
+1 202 707 0121 (voice)
+1 202 707 0115 (fax)