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Time: 9am PDT / Noon EDT

Call-In Info: 712-775-7035 (Access Code: 960009)

Homework Reminder: 

Moderator: Steven Anderson (Boston Public Library)

Primary Notetaker: TBA (etherpad link:


Agenda (see etherpad as notes not updated yet):

  1. Introductions

  2. Conversion Code Update
    1.  Language qualifier string literals
      1. Fedora 4 supports language it.  
      2. No hydra API supports it.  
      3. Steven still experimenting.
  3. Survey Results
    1. bibframe:extent has a 0.5 vote lead over using dcterms:extent.
    2. The two note options were tied so using NYPL style notes for now.
  4. MODS OriginInfo Collaboration Document (
    1. Amherst thinking of using marc relator for place of publication:

  5. MODS Physical Description Collaboration Document (
    1. Mention of the possibility of VRA style notes as an option?
    2. No other objections raised.

  6. tableOfContents Individual Institution Usage And RDF Conversion
    1. Amherst
      1. only use in records that get converted from MARC -- text strings
    2. UNC-CH
      1. not used much. dc or modsrdf as options.  Are we avoiding MODS RDF? 
        1. Steven--no, but modsrdf often requires either blank nodes or lots of additional object minting. 
      2. No preference between DC and MODSRDF options.
    3. Indiana University
      1. Don't use much currently. A set of records from media will come into avalon as a significant subset of strings though.  
      2. MODSRDF or DC fine.
    4. BPL
      1. Modeled with dcterms as use both strings and web uri links to a html page. The official dcterms documentation shows that the predicate supports both of these use cases.
      2. dcterms can allow for the uri use case while MODS does technically does not.
      3. Significant amount of book records that use this field.
    5. NYPL
      1. Don't use TOC too much. Mapped into dcterms.
        1. Question: Are type and displayLabel used?
          1. Answer: No
        2. URIs at all?
          1. Answer: No, mostly pure strings coming from MARC
    6. Columbia
      1. Don't use table of contents much. Usually converted from MARC.
      2. Options of bibframe and DC.
      3. Some institutions seemed feel strongly in past about including incomplete or partial contents.

  7. MODS Abstract Collaboration Document (
    1. No objections to this document.

  8. Assignments for next time:
    1. Notes Individual Institution Usage And RDF Conversion
    2. targetAudience Individual Institution Usage And RDF Conversion (Optional)

  9. Next meeting: Monday March 21st, 12:00 PM EST




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