Brown Bag Lunch with Seth van Hoolan

Je t’aime… moi non plus. Making sense out of the complex relationship between XML and RDF for archival finding aids

Abstract: Even if initiatives such as Records in Context and Architypes have a very different approach and vision, both underline the importance of moving away from the strict hierarchical approach for the encoding of archival finding aids with XML and to adopt a graph-based approach with RDF. Can the archival community take the Linked Data paradigm at face value? This talk will give a historical and conceptual overview of the key data models used for the creation and management of archival metadata, in order to better understand the interaction and differences between XML and RDF.

The talk will be given in the Terrace Lab.  Registration is not necessary and the talk is open to all interested members of the community.

Bio: Seth van Hooland is an associate professor at Université libre de Bruxelles, where he leads the Master in Information Science; he’s currently also vice head of the Information and Communication Science department. His current research focuses on the possibilities and limits of the Linked Data paradigm within the field of document and records management. In the past, he initiated the Free your metadata project and published two handbooks on metadata quality and teaching digital humanities. For an overview of his publications, visit his Google Scholar page.