Thursday, August 22, 2002
Wednesday, August 21, 2002
As you may know, the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) 'develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content'. The key standard promoted by the initiative focuses on content providers making metadata records available in a common format - the Dublin Core Element Set. We are pleased to confirm that we have adopted this standard here at the Institute and metadata records for our article abstracts are now available in this format. They can be 'harvested' from our server on request.
This news will be of interest to a range of individuals and organizations including the E-Print community, fellow publishers and A & I service providers. It is also relevant to you if your institution subscribes to our journals and you wish to harvest our abstract data with a view to loading it locally and/or adding elements of it to your OPAC.
If are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
Further information on the Open Archives Initiative can be found online.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2002
Abdoulaye also is not always sure of the facts. "Authority files appeared to be organized according to AACR2 principle, which is applied today in many academic libraries. However, some of the records were found attached with birth and/or death dates within the name authority file." Anyone who has their first cataloging class in AACR could have told why some names had dates. And it wasn't because they were famous Muslim scholars as Abdoulaye guesses. There is a bibliography that may lead to some better studies, mostly concerned with Arabic language cataloging. The literature review may also be useful as a lead to better research.
If you are wondering what YAZ is, here is the description from the YAZ page: "YAZ is a C/C++ programmer's toolkit supporting the development of Z39.50v3 clients and servers. ... The current version of YAZ includes experimental support for the industry standard ZOOM API for Z39.50."
Monday, August 19, 2002
The Institute of Museum and Library services (IMLS) announces that its draft Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated by the Institute of Museum and Library Services have been posted on its website, www.imls.gov. IMLS invites public comments on its draft Guidelines and will consider the comments received in developing its final Guidelines.
NARA intends to make an investment in Electronic Records Archives capabilities to capture, preserve, and provide access to electronic records indefinitely into the future. NARA is currently developing formal system requirements that will be used as the basis for implementation of the ERA. NARA has entered into research partnerships aimed at developing standards for preserving and delivering authentic digital records over indefinite periods of time, including the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) reference model. NARA is participating in a number of research activities and prototypes aimed at improving the knowledge base for developing and evaluating potential technical solutions. These include the Persistent Archives project being performed by the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure, and the Presidential Electronic Records Processing Operational System (PERPOS) project, a collaborative effort by the Army Research Laboratory and Georgia Tech Research Institute. The existence of these demonstration programs and prototypes does not imply a commitment by NARA to require incorporation of the associated technologies and architectures into ERA.