Tuesday, February 4, 2014

VRA Core Website Receives a 4.5 out of 5 Rating from the Technical Services Quarterly

In a "Tech Services on the Web" review from the December 2013 issue of Technical Services Quarterly the VRA Core website received a rating of 4.5 out of 5.  The review praised the website for providing "a veritable treasure trove of implementation examples, presentations, and other important information for those thinking of using or who have already implemented VRA." 

Eustis, J. (2013). Tech Services on the Web: Visual Resources Association's VRA Core; http://www.loc.gov/standards/VRAcore. Technical Services Quarterly, 30(4), 441-442.

Monday, November 4, 2013

VRA Core Copyright and Licensing Information Available

The licensing terms and conditions for using the VRA Core Schema and Documentation in software, computer applications, and publications are now available at: http://www.vraweb.org/projects/vracore4/pdfs/VRACoreLicensing.pdf.

We are pleased to make the schema available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Introduction to VRA Core Webinar Hosted by NEDCC - 10/30/2013

October 30, 2013

Introduction to VRACore

12:30 pm Eastern (1 hr)
Registration deadline: October 29, 2013
Maximum class size: 95
Class level: Beginner
Instructor: Frances Harrell, NEDCC Preservation Specialist
Location: Live "Brown Bag" Session
This live webinar offers a deeper exploration of VRACore, providing information on its history and uses, and resources for further investigation. Participants will become familiar with the VRACore element set for describing works of visual culture. Best practices for implementation will be covered as well. The webinar builds upon concepts discussed in the Introduction to Metadata webinar, but can be taken as a standalone course.


45 Minute Session plus
15 Minutes for Questions

For more information go here: http://www.nedcc.org/preservation-training/training-calendar

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

VRA Core 4.0 to Linked Data Conversion

As part of completing his MLIS from Kent State University, Jeff Mixter published a thesis paper entitled "Linked Data in VRA Core 4.0: Converting VRA XML Records into RDF/XML". In the Study Jeff took the existing VRA Core 4 data model and successfully mapped it into an RDF Linked Data ontology that uses both existing VRA terms as well as popular semantic RDF vocabulary terms (in particular Schema.org and FOAF).  Jeff currently works at OCLC in the Office of Research and serves as a member of the VRA Oversight Committee.

More information about the project as well as links to download the thesis and supporting resources can be found at http://purl.org/jmixter/thesis/

Thursday, November 8, 2012

VRA forms Core Advisory Group - April 2012

The VRA Board has appointed the following individuals to serve two-year terms in the Advisory Group
(April 2012/April 2014):
  • Johanna Bauman, Pratt Institute (Co-Chair)
  • Trish Rose-Sandler, Data Analyst, Center for Biodiversity Informatics, Missouri Botanical Garden (Co-Chair)
  • Esme Cowles, Software Engineer, UC San Diego Libraries
  • Rob Detlefs, Director, Strategic Initiatives at Gallery Systems
  • Rebecca Guenther, Metadata Specialist at Rebecca Guenther Consulting, (formerly Senior Networking and Standards Specialist at Library of Congress (LC)
  • Elisa Lanzi, Director of Imaging Center, Smith College
  • Kelcy Shepherd, Head of Digital Programs, Amherst College
  • Dustin Wees, Director of Metadata and Cataloging, ARTstor

VRA Core 4.0 Implementation Registry Now Available - September 2011

As part of the feedback received from the Core survey there is now a VRA Core Implementation Registry available. The registry provides an opportunity for current and potential users to view publicly available implementations of the standard. If you would like to add your collection to the registry please contact Trish Rose-Sandler (trosesandler@gmail.com)

VRA Core Survey Analysis Now Available - September 2011

An analysis of the VRA Core Survey which was conducted from February-March of 2010 is now available. This analysis gives insight into the needs of current and potential users of the VRA Core and will help guide its future direction.