Kevin Ford

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Kevin Ford


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Short Bio

I work in the Network Development and MARC Standards Office at the Library of Congress where I am a member of the six-member internal LC group shepherding the Library’s Bibliographic Framework Initiative, which will ultimately replace the MARC Communication Formats with a Linked Data model. I am also the current project manager for the Library of Congress's Linked Data service, Among many other authority files and value lists, LC’s Linked Data Service publishes the LC Name Authority File; LC Subject Headings; Thesaurus of Graphic Materials; and a number of MARC lists and ISO languages. I spend a significant amount of time modeling traditional library data in RDF for publication at ID and consulting within the Library on other vocabulary-related issues. I regularly follow Linked Data and Semantic Web developments for LC; I participated in the W3C's Library Linked Data Incubator Group. A contributing, professional member of the library technology community, I write and present frequently to promote BIBFRAME, ID.LOC.GOV, and educate fellow librarians on the possibilities of linked data.

Interest in LODLAM

I am eager to attend the 2013 LODLAM Summit in order to engage other professionals working on linked data initiatives in libraries and, especially, museums and archives. Not only do we encourage the data available from ID.LOC.GOV to be used widely by all communities, BIBFRAME in particular has a high-level and frequently-noted objective to be content model agnostic, meaning we do not want it to be tied to libraries, and their data, at the exclusion (real or imagined) of museums and archives.

LODLAM is also a fantastic opportunity to see what others are doing, how they are doing it, and generally gain an understanding about current trends and modelling ideas. These ideas and the knowledge to be gained and taken away from the LODLAM experience can – indeed, we want it to – inform the development of BIBFRAME.


Library, Government (incl National and State libraries and archives)

Linked Open Data Projects

BIBFRAME is probably the largest migration experiment to date. It will re-imagine a bibliographic ecosystem for a web of linked (bibliographic) data and will formally move MARC bibliographic data into a linked data format. In addition to being an active contributor to the intellectual development of BIBFRAME, I am also responsible for the website, which publishes the nascent BIBFRAME vocabulary in addition to providing various tools and services designed to assist the community in evaluating the work to-date. I have devised tools that permit users to view MARC records and the resulting BIBFRAME resources side-by-side. I have also made it so users can upload their own MARC data to see it as BIBFRAME resources. I authored the first transformation code for MARC data to BIBFRAME resources and I continue to contribute heavily to that effort.

As the project manager for LC's Linked Data Service,, I created a small ontology for the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) system that is used at (and served from) ID.LOC.GOV for the select LCC classes published to-date (B – Religion, K – Law, M – Music, N – Fine Arts, Z – Library Science). With the sole exception of LCSH, I have modeled and published every other vocabulary and dataset. I re-built the ID.LOC.GOV codebase from scratch in 2011.


Library of Congress