Friday, March 29, 2002

Platform for Internet Content Selection (PICS)

I've added a PICS tag to the head section of this site. Personally, I like the use of self-rating sites and leaving the decision on what to see in the hands of the user. In both IE and Netscape, there is a content advisor that can block sites which contain violence, sex, or other possible disturbing content from the user. It is up to the user to select what they will accept. Just the opposite if the approach taken by Congress. This ties into cataloging since it could be used to describe a site. It is certainly more descriptive than the MPAA ratings. This system has been in place for quite some time and never caught on. Maybe given the current debate over the CIPA it will be an option. Could a public library set the IE content advisor and call that their filtering device?

A nice article on PICS is PICS: Internet Access Controls Without Censorship by Paul Resnick and James Miller.

I have to give a plug to a very fine comic strip Overdue. I'm glad I subscribed to get mine sent to me every morning.

There will not be a posting Monday. I'm taking the day off. See you Tuesday.

Thursday, March 28, 2002

Dublin Core

I've added Dublin Core metadata and AC metadata (Admin-Core) to the head section. To view it select View/Source in IE.

I think some of the Dublin Core folks are on the wrong track in thinking of metadata as cataloging. I think a better view would be as a title page, something from which to take cataloging information. When the book was invented, it took a while for standards in format to evolve. We take for granted a title page, table of contents in the front, index in the back each containing some particular information in a set way. That is not a given. It is a de facto standard in the English-speaking world. The Web will need some format standards and DC metadata can function as a title page.

Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Cataloging Career

An Interview With an Image Cataloger Jeannette Blohm has been working on a digital image archive project, Connecticut History Online, with the Connecticut Historical Society.

Thanks to Kristina at InfoMuse for this entry and a mention of Catalogablog. Also thanks to the folks at Library Stuff, Library weblogs, and Librarian.net for mentioning us.

Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records

The Network Development and MARC Standards Office has made available the study, "Displays for Multiple Versions from MARC 21 and FRBR."

It is based on an analysis prepared by Tom Delsey as part of the "Functional Analysis of the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Holdings Formats" study that he developed for the Network Development and MARC Standards Office. NDMSO has added display examples to accompany the study.

The FRBR is part of a movement to understand the structure of bibliographic information and then use that knowledge to develop a systematic description. We should see changes in ISBD, AACR and MARC based on this work.

Monday, March 25, 2002

Dublin Core

The Dublin Core metadata initiative is positioned to be one of the components in the semantic web. An easy tool for creating DC metadata is DC Dot Simply enter the URL of the page you desire data for and DC Dot sends back the metadata. It can output in HTML, XHTML and RDF formats. It allows editing of the output. The metadata then can be loaded in a database or pasted in the HEAD section of your document. A nice tool. Very nice to see what DC metadata looks like and how it is formed.

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