PBCore Cataloging Workshop at AMIA Conference

Written by Jack Brighton on Monday, November 14, 2011

An event for the ages:

PBCore Cataloging Workshop

A day of cataloging exercises and case studies
Wednesday, November 16th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
At the Association of Moving Image Archivists Annual Conference, Austin, Texas

Find out if PBCore is a good data structure for your audiovisual assets.  With PBCore experts, dig into the PBCore 2.0 schema and meet a range of tools; learn mandatory, suggested, and recommended elements, picklists and relationships; and explore workflows for handling intellectual content and instantiations. Gain a solid grasp of why and how PBCore is useful for handling analog and digital audiovisual objects.

The workshop will be held at The Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Jack Brighton, New Media & Innovation, Illinois Public Media at WILL
Brian Graney, Media Cataloger, Northeast Historic Film
Yvonne Ng, Archivist, WITNESS
Dave Rice, Archivist, City University of New York / CUNY TV
Kara Van Malssen, Senior Consultant, Audiovisual Preservation Solutions

·    An intermediate or more advanced cataloger familiar with one
or more structural metadata standards and with the concepts of
content standards and controlled vocabularies
·    Interested in using PBCore
·    Comfortable with XML coding

Bring your own laptop and power cord
Follow the Ransom Center’s regulations on site. See
Explore the PBCore Website before arrival for a basic grasp of the
concept of elements and their use with moving image description.  See

Full day workshop
Taxi vouchers to/from AMIA conference hotel
Coffee breaks
Lunch is on your own; many eating spots from BBQ to vegetarian within
a 2-minute walk.

PBCore is a metadata standard for audiovisual media, created for the
description of analog and digital objects to support exchange of
information. This workshop is an all-day follow-up to the PBCore 2.0
sessions at the AMIA 2010 Philadelphia conference. We will include
demonstrations of PBCore’s value in creating intellectual content,
rights, and technical metadata and detailed case studies. Among other
PBCore advantages is that its use is free to all and there are
database tools already in use including a variety of open source
software applications.

PBCore development (launched in 2005) was funded by the Corporation
for Public Broadcasting based on Dublin Core, for use with audiovisual
media and with the input of community members in a range of
institutions, including and well beyond broadcast. Version 2.0 was
released in early 2011 and the presenters will present the schema and
its uses in detail, from mandatory elements through newly added
attributes that allow users to support semantic web applications.
PBCore can either include or reference data from other schemas. It is
being used by large and small initiatives to support exchange of
metadata, from the American Archive Content Inventory Project to
Northeast Historic Film’s Council on Library and Information Resources
supported DACS/PBCore hidden collections projects.

AMIA Conference is November 15-19 http://www.amiaconference.com/2011/program.htm

The Association of Moving Image Archivists, The Harry Ransom Center at
The University of Texas at Austin, AMIA Cataloging and Metadata
Committee, and Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives:
Building a New Research Environment, a program of the Council on
Library and Information Resources funded by the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation with a grant to Northeast Historic Film for Moving Images
1938-1940: Amateur Filmmakers Record the New York World’s Fair and Its
Period, http://www.fairfilm.org


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