In conjunction with the ACRL Rare Books and Manuscript Section's Bibliographic Standards Committee (RBMS-BSC), Cornell University Library is leading an effort to build an ontology extension for the description of rare materials. This collaborative effort is intended to provide RBMS-BSC with a model for handling the complexity of rare materials, particularly item-level description not addressed in BIBFRAME 2.0 or bibliotek-o. Adoption and usage of the Rare Materials Ontology Extension will be determined by RBMS-BSC following initial development and assessment.
For a number of modeling areas, such as provenance and physical description, the Rare Materials Ontology Extension group is partnering with ArtFrame; the two groups have overlapping use cases. Building off of BIBFRAME 2.0, the Rare Materials Ontology Extension will reuse existing ontologies, such as bibliotek-o and the Web Annotations data model, in addition to minting terms where the correct semantics are not available in other ontologies.
For questions or comments, please contact Jason Kovari, Director of Cataloging & Metadata Services, Cornell University Library: jak473 [ at ] cornell dot edu
Cornell Project Proposal
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