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Making MODS to Linked Open Data: A Collaborative Effort for Developing MODS/RDF

Denenberg, Ray; Guenther, Rebecca; Han, Myung-Ja; Luna Lucero, Brian; Mixter, Jeff; Nurnberger, Amy L.; Pope, Kathryn H.; Wacker, Melanie

The Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS) RDF Group was formed in late 2013 as virtual working group to test and develop a MODS/RDF ontology. The group is a follow-on to an initiative of the Library of Congress. MODS was originally developed in 2002 to ''give special support to cataloguing electronic resources'' and as an alternative that is less detailed than, although highly compatible with, MARC21.
For this reason, is has been adopted by a wide variety of users and applications. MODS is also used as a metadata standard to which a library's traditional catalog records can be transformed while maintaining quality and granularity.
In addition, MODS has proved that its data model and rich semantics can work well in semantic Web environments :
- MODS can accommodate entity data structure introduced in FRBR
- MODS has semantics that accommodate URIs as values, in addition to strings.
The MODS/RDF Group, consisting of Librarians and programmers from a number of libraries (primarily academic institutions, OCLC and the Library of Congress), has been working to develop a MODS/RDF ontology that will allow MODS users to convert their MODS/XML metadata to RDF. The Group also hopes to publish a transformation tool, XSLT, as an end product. Since its first meeting in January 2014, the Group has created an openly viewable GitHub page and members work together to solve the common issues in creating new, as well as using already established, Linked Data semantics that best work for the MODS data model and the information that library catalog records describe.
This presentation will share the challenges that have been encountered and the progress so far. The Group also would like to draw suggestions and recommendations for future work, especially in conjunction with other linked data work, such as BIBFRAME and


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Academic Units
Libraries and Information Services
Published Here
August 10, 2014


Presented at the IFLA 2014 Satellite Meeting: Linked Data in Libraries: Let's make it happen!
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris; 14 August 2014