May 25, 2022

Journal Article: “Connecting RDA and RDF: Linked Data for a Wide World of Connected Possibilities”

The following article appears in “Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice” published by the College and Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association (CRD-PaLA).


Connecting RDA and RDF: Linked Data for a Wide World of Connected Possibilities


Ashleigh Faith
University of Pittsburgh Information School

Michelle Chrzanowski
Tidewater Community College Norfolk Campus Library

Vol 3, No 2 (2015)


Libraries have struggled with connecting a plethora of content and the metadata stored in catalogs to patrons. Adding more value to catalogs, more tools for reference librarians, and enriched patron search, linked data is a means to connect more people with more relevant information. With the recent transition to the Resource Description and Access (RDA) cataloging standard within libraries, linking data in library databases has become a much easier project to tackle, largely because of another standard called Resource Description Framework (RDF). Both focus on resource description and both are components of linked data within the library. Tying them together is the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) conceptual framework. Acknowledging that linked data components are most likely new to many librarians, this article seeks to explain what linked data is, how RDA and RDF are connected by FRBR, and how knowledge maps may improve information access.

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14 pages; PDF.

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