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Metadata application profiles (MAPs) are discussed in two broad categories depending on whether or not they adhere to linked-data practices. There exist a broad range of purposes for MAPs, including metadata implementation and interoperability. MAPs have 4 components: the application, entities, properties, and values. MAP creators gather MAP components from already existing sources, including ontologies, schemas, vocabulary encoding schemes, and syntax encoding schemes. Implementers may present MAPs in human-readable, machine-readable, and hybrid formats. Several examples in the text demonstrate specific MAP features.

Theodore Gerontakos

Theodore Gerontakos is the head of the Metadata and Cataloging Initiatives Unit at the University of Washington Libraries, where he also served as a metadata librarian from 2004-2019. He has participated in and advised hundreds of projects, most including some data modelling or application profile development. His current interest is in escorting library data into the semantic web using multiple standardized data models and other standards and best practices.

Benjamin Riesenberg

Benjamin Riesenberg has served as Metadata Librarian at the University of Washington Libraries since 2019. They became interested in application profiles for publishing digital-collections metadata as linked open data while completing the MLIS program at the University of Washington iSchool. They are currently working to develop RDA/RDF metadata application profiles for evaluation in cataloging workflows and implement profiles for use with digital collections.

Library Technology Reports

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