News on Records in Contexts standard

Florence Clavaud | 2 June 2020

You will find below a summary of the latest news about Records in Contexts standard, and some details about EGAD’s work schedule till the end of 2020.

The latest news about RiC

In December 2019, EGAD published:

  • a 0.2 'preview' version (without any introduction, diagrams or appendices) of Records in Contexts-Conceptual Model (RiC-CM v0.2 preview), which you can download at https://www.ica.org/sites/default/files/ric-cm-0.2_preview.pdf ;
  • a 0.1 version of Records in Contexts-Ontology (RiC-O v0.1), which is a full OWL/RDF implementation of RiC-CM v0.2 preview, usable, in particular, for producing linked RDF datasets (Linked Data) and publishing them in the web of data. Thus RiC-O now has its dereferencable IRI, as it must have in order to conform the good practices for publishing RDF vocabularies: https://www.ica.org/standards/RiC/ontology. When a human user requests this IRI using a web browser, he or she will access an HTML representation of RiC-O (which includes its internal documentation) and can also download the RiC-O OWL file.

Since March 2020, the sources of the RiC-O ontology are available on GitHub (https://github.com/ICA-EGAD/RiC-O). It is therefore possible to clone the RiC-O source repository to a local computer and update it regularly, in order to follow RiC-O development work. It is also possible to contribute directly to this work, for example by adding comments directly on GitHub to an existing issue, or by directly submitting an issue; or, for people with more technical skills, by forking the repository, in order to make modifications to the fork and then submit a pull request.

RiC-O sources include some diagrams and full examples. They come along with a small website, available at https://ica-egad.github.io/RiC-O/, which provides information on RiC-O roadmap, on projects using RiC-O, and on the events about RiC-O.

Finally, in April 2020, the Archives nationales de France (ANF) and a small private company (Sparna) released the 1.0 version of a tool that can be used for converting to RDF datasets conforming to RiC-O v0.1, sets of ISAD(G) archival finding aids encoded in XML according to EAD 2002 DTD, and of ISAAR(CPF) authority records encoded in XML according to EAC-CPF schema. This software, called RiC-O Converter, can be downloaded at https://github.com/ArchivesNationalesFR/rico-converter. Il has been developed for addressing the ANF's specific needs. It is easy to install and use, fast and efficient. It is a free software placed under CeCILL-B license (which is close to the MIT license), and it includes detailed English documentation, in order to facilitate adaptations to other contexts. So it may be a good starting point for any project that would need to get good quality RDF/RiC-O datasets from existing EAD or EAC-CPF files. If you or your institution are a member of ICA, you can find an article on RiC-O Converter in Flash (the ICA biannual newspaper, dated April 2020) n° 39 (see https://www.ica.org/en/flash).

EGAD’s work schedule till the end of 2020

EGAD is currently completing the drafting of RiC-CM v0.2, from RiC-O v0.2 preview. The full v0.2 version of RiC-CM will be released this summer, along with RiC-O v0.2.

An official call for comments will then be launched regarding these drafts.

The responses to the call for comments will be taken into account in preparing the first consolidated version of RiC. The objective of EGAD is to publish RiC v1.0 at the end of 2020.

How to stay informed, or get in touch with EGAD?

To stay informed:

To contact the EGAD group, send an email to egad at ica.org mailbox, or to the discussion list for RiC-O users (if you wish to subscribe to this list, send an email to Florence Clavaud (florence.clavaud at culture.gouv.fr).