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The PCC Sinopia Cataloging Affinity Group provides a welcoming, collaborative, and supportive space to learn and discuss cataloging in Sinopia using PCC Sinopia Templates, PCC cataloging standards, and PCC authoritative vocabularies. The group aims to:

  • Expand the use of Sinopia in the PCC community, contributing to the development of a body of original cataloging in a linked data context
  • Influence the future development of Sinopia by coordinating feedback from PCC users to the Sinopia development team, and by serving as a community of users for usability interviews and testing
  • Provide input on the creation and evolution of PCC Sinopia Templates: see the best practices question submission form and the best practices tracking sheet
  • Identify training needs of new PCC Sinopia Users
  • Explore how to cooperate effectively in a linked data cataloging environment


Calls feature presentations on specific topics in Sinopia.  For recordings, see the Past calls section below.  For notes, consult the Running notes document.

Past calls

  • 26 January 2023. Share-VDE and Sinopia with Tiziana Possemato and Anna Lionetti  (Casalini Libri) and Paloma Graciani Picardo (University of Texas at Austin) and Iman Dagher (UCLA) from the Share-VDE (SVDE) PCC Data Pool Evaluation Task Group RECORDING SLIDES (Casalini) SLIDES (Dagher, Graciani Picardo, PCC)
  • 17 November 2022. Sinopia-ALMA connection with Jim Hahn (University of Pennsylvania) RECORDING SLIDES
  • 27 October 2022: Discussion on maintaining our document of questions relating to best practices in Sinopia. RECORDING
  • 22 September 2022: Questioning Authority (Sinopia's lookup service) with Steven Folsom.  RECORDING SLIDES
  • 14 July 2022: Demostration at the 2022 LD4 Conference on Linked Data. RECORDING SLIDES
  • 16 June 2022 LD4 Rare Materials Affinity Group and Sinopia. RECORDING SLIDES
  • 5 May 2022: Tutorial and working hour during PCC Operations Committee (OpCo). RECORDING
  • 28 April 2022.  Conversion of data to/from Sinopia with Justin Littman and Jeremy Nelson. RECORDING
  • 24 March 2022. Templates and the PCC Metadata Application Profile Working Group, with T.J. Kao and Nancy Lorimer RECORDING SLIDES
  • 24 February 2022. Linked Data discovery: developing a linked data front-end with Huda Khan (Cornell) and Astrid Usong (Stanford). RECORDING
  • 27 January 2022. Sinopia usability with Astrid Usong. RECORDING
  • 16 December 2021. Non-Latin scripts in Sinopia with Larisa Walsh (University of Chicago) and Patricia Thurston (Yale University) RECORDING SLIDES
  • 18 November 2021. Sinopia, LD4, and the PCC. Michelle Futornick (Sinopia Product Owner, Stanford University) and  Melanie Wacker (PCC Chair, Columbia University). Recording. Slides (Futornick)
  • 28 October 2021: Nancy Lorimer (Stanford) on the Intersection of Sinopia, BIBFRAME, and RDA/LRM: points of convergence and divergence. RecordingSlides
  • 23 September 2021.  Beth Picknally Camden: Overview of the PCC Sinopia training modules, and how new Sinopia users can use them to get started with Sinopia. Recording
  • Thurs. 26 August 2021 Walkthrough of the PCC Serials templates in Sinopia. Recording
  • 19 July 2021: LD4 2021 Conference Session Sinopia in the PCC Context: Intro and Study Group : introduction to PCC profiles in Sinopia and a walkthrough of the PCC Monographs template in Sinopia. Recording

Working Hours

A dedicated space to work on creating descriptions in Sinopia and learn from colleagues while you do it.  As always, if you're not sure what resource to describe during the working hour, we have some ideas in this document.  See also the PCC Sinopia Mentorship page.

General Information

Co-Facilitators: Timothy Ryan Mendenhall (,  Margarita Perez Martinez (

Teacher/Trainer: Greta de Groat (


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