Call for reviewers on ICA Records in Contexts-Ontology (RiC-O)

Dear all,

A call for reviewers was released on 2018, December 18, on the International Council on Archives website, about concerns Records in Contexts-Ontology (RiC-O), the second part of the new Records in Contexts standard.

The call for reviewers has just been extended till the end of June. You can find it here:

There still remains a lot of work to do on the RiC-O files. So the Expert Group on Archival Description (EGAD) cannot at this stage release a first version of RiC-O yet. This version will be released in July or August 2019.

However, the ontology has reached some quite consistent state, and it can be tested. A former version of it, dated February 2018, has been used for a French archival Linked Data prototype. In France, some larger projects are now beginning to use RiC-O as one of the main reference models for creating large RDF datasets from some existing archival metadata. Besides, a small number of people working in several different countries have already asked if they can access the RiC-O files. EGAD has shared the files with them under the conditions listed below.

At this stage, sharing the RiC-O files with a greater number of persons may both help them to begin to think of some small to large scale RiC-O implementation and use that would suit their needs and context, and help EGAD to improve the quality of the ontology (since some feedback would be hopefully provided).

So, if you or your colleagues have some skills in OWL/RDFS ontological modeling (which is necessary for understanding and testing RiC-O), and also on archival science and archival description, and would be interested in accessing the RiC-O files, please go to the page quoted above, or directy fill in the form:

You will be asked:

  • to give your name, email, institution, a few words about your skills, and explain why you would like to access the files;
  • to agree on three conditions: you will not publish RiC-O or parts of it in any means until a version is published by ICA; you will not give it to other institutions or projects than yours (you will rather invite these institutions or teams to contact EGAD or fill in the same form); you will send to EGAD RiC-O team constructive and accurate feedback before the end of July 2019.
  • to say whether you agree on being added to a listserv that has been created for RiC-O users, and that will enable RiC-O team to discuss some questions with you, and to inform you about any major event about RiC-O.

Once EGAD RiC-O team has gathered some data from the form, their completeness and consistency will be checked, and the latest version of the RiC-O files will be sent to the registered persons, once a month or so.

The comments can be sent to RIC-O team either using the RiC-O users listserv, or my own email (Ova e-mail adresa je zaštićena od spambota. Potrebno je omogućiti JavaScript da je vidite.). If needed, some specific tools will be settled for gathering and handling the comments and suggestions.

Please be aware that feedback must be provided in one of the two working languages of ICA (English or French) preferably, or potentially in Spanish.

There already are about 40 reviewers from 13 countries.

Thanks a lot in advance for your interest, constructive comments and suggestions!

Best regards,
Florence Clavaud
Archives nationales de France
ICA EGAD executive member, lead of RiC-O team

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