Articles in category 'Vocabularies'

One of the things Jon and I still talk about (despite our putative retirement), is how to pass on to the newer generation what we’ve learned over our years working in the vocabulary, data maintenance and data aggregation spaces. Of course, we’ve written or co–written quite a few papers and articles, and most continue to […]

By Diane Hillmann, February 14, 2019, 4:19 pm (UTC-5)

I can’t remember when I first met Christine, but I certainly knew her well enough to make an informal (and more than a bit subversive) proposal to her at DC-2008 in Berlin. Jon & I had been discussing how RDA might develop translations — this was about the time when we had added the Properties […]

By Diane Hillmann, February 10, 2018, 8:44 pm (UTC-5)

I hope many of you have delved into the NISO Technical Report on Issues in Vocabulary Management, released this past summer. In my opinion, one of the most important insights contained in that report came about as the group reviewed vocabulary management tools and development projects over the past few years, most of them still […]

By Diane Hillmann, November 30, 2017, 11:21 pm (UTC-5)

While checking email during a moment of inattention at the recent ALA Midwinter meeting in Atlanta, I spotted an announcement of the new NISO publication “Understanding Metadata”, by Jenn Riley. It was a surprise, I’d not known that it was in preparation, but I hoped that such a primer would be helpful in raising the […]

By Diane Hillmann, March 1, 2017, 3:12 pm (UTC-5)

I think I mentioned somewhere that one of my current projects is a part of the NISO Bibliographic Roadmap effort to develop vocabulary best practices in the areas of use/reuse, documentation and preservation. The project itself builds on a full-day vocabulary workshop brought together at the DCMI conference in 2011. I share co-chair duties on […]

By Diane Hillmann, May 5, 2016, 3:04 pm (UTC-5)

I ran across a really interesting article last week, and the points it makes have been rocketing around my head as I consider what’s broken (and why) in the small world many of us live in, not to mention how we can fix those broken things. I’d really recommend taking a look at it: “Hail […]

By Diane Hillmann, April 21, 2016, 9:42 am (UTC-5)

Not long ago I encountered the analysis of BibFrame published by Rob Sanderson with contributions by a group of well-known librarians. It’s a pretty impressive document–well organized and clearly referenced. But in fact there’s also a significant amount of personal opinion in it, the nature of which is somewhat masked by the references to others […]

By Diane Hillmann, January 3, 2016, 5:05 pm (UTC-5)

Metadata standards is a huge topic and evaluation a difficult task, one I’ve been involved in for quite a while. So I was pretty excited when I saw the link for “DRAFT Principles for Evaluating Metadata Standards”, but after reading it? Not so much. If we’re talking about “principles” in the sense of ‘stating-the-obvious-as-a-first-step’, well, […]

By Diane Hillmann, December 14, 2015, 4:59 pm (UTC-5)

Those of you who pay attention to politics (no matter where you are) are very likely to be shaking your head over candidates, results or policy. It’s a never ending source of frustration and/or entertainment here in the U.S., and I’ve noticed that the commentators seem to be focusing in on issues of ideology and […]

By Diane Hillmann, October 12, 2015, 10:08 am (UTC-5)

A decade ago, when the Open Metadata Registry (OMR) was just being developed as the NSDL Registry, the vocabulary world was a very different place than it is today. At that point we were tightly focussed on SKOS (not fully cooked at that point, but Jon was on the WG that was developing it, so […]

By Diane Hillmann, September 20, 2015, 6:41 pm (UTC-5)