DIGIBÍS presentation

Tachi Hernando de Larramendi Martínez
Director General

Supuesto retrato de Miguel de Cervantes, por Juan de Jáuregui

It has been an honour for DIGIBIS to design the latest version of DIGIBIB, our computer application to manage libraries, this author's library configured as a new microsite of the Polymath Virtual Library that the Ignacio Larramendi Foundation maintains and develops. 

The Polymath Virtual Library has always been the showcase and the test bed of our computer developments. For example, the OAI-PMH repositories, the use of Linked Open Data, the use of value vocabularies..., practices that have given way to what has been declared a use case for the Library Linked Data Incubator Group of the W3C or Europeana Data Model case study for Europeana with the microsite dedicated to Francisco Sánchez, the Sceptic.

All these good practices have been implemented in this project with the invaluable support of theIgnacio Larramendi Foundation,whose technicians have piloted this project. They have also drawn on two digital resources designed and implemented by DIGIBIS: Menéndez Pelayo Digital (published in 1999) and Gregorio Mayans y Siscar digital (published in 2002) to undertake the relevant paragraphs for the Introduction and the Biography of Miguel de Cervantes, respectively.

The authority record of Cervantes has been classified in accordance with the Resource Description and Access (RDA) cataloguing rules in their adaptation to the MARC format, which allows their direct conversion to ISO2709, MARCXML, METS, Dublin Core RDF, Europeana Data Model (EDM) formats, which also instantly supplies a specific OAI-PMH repository of authorities from the cataloguing module and allows their harvesting by the great digital content aggregators, such as HISPANA and Europeana. It should be noted that the bibliographic and authority records of the Ignacio Larramendi Foundation catalogued in RDA were pioneers in Spain. 

The latest version of MARC21 and the Europeana Data Model has been implemented, which allows the systematic mapping from XML to RDF, according to the EDM ontology for Europeana. The records created have extensive use of the vocabularies of values in accordance with the Linked Open Data technology: datos.bne.es, Dbpedia, Deutschen Nationalbibliothek, data.bnf.fr, Library of Congress Linked Data Service or WorldCat FAST.

This way DIGIBIS becomes part of this anniversary year of the first of our polygraphs with all the technology that we have developed in the Virtual Libraries field and implemented in the Polymath Virtual Library of the Ignacio Larramendi Foundation. 


Madrid, 24 November 2016