Friday, January 03, 2003

Web Services Policy Framework

Web Services Policy Framework (WS-Policy) version 1.0 by BEA, IBM, Microsoft and SAP is seeking comments.
The Web Services Policy Framework (WS-Policy) provides a general purpose model and corresponding syntax to describe and communicate the policies of a Web Service. WS-Policy defines a base set of constructs that can be used and extended by other Web Services specifications to describe a broad range of service requirements, preferences, and capabilities.

Belated B'Day Wishes

Yesterday, Jan. 2, was J.R.R. Tolkien's 111 birthday.

Thursday, January 02, 2003


I've received the latest issue of the OLAC Newsletter. Always worth reading. If not yet a member, consider it. It only costs $12.00 a year, less if you join for multiple years.

Info Career Trends

The latest issue of Info Career Trends is now available. This issue deals with multitasking.
If you work in a library (information center, department of knowledge management...), you've experienced firsthand the multiple demands and responsibilities laid on today's information professionals. While this variety can be exhilarating, dealing with disparate demands can also be exhausting. Today's contributors offer tips for achieving balance and share their own experiences in doing so.


The GeoURL ICBM Address Server is more metadata for Web logs. Not bad, but this multiplication of schemes is counterproductive in the end. Still, I did add the tags to this 'blog and register. Time will sort out these differing schemes.
GeoURL is a location-to-URL reverse directory. This will allow you to find URLs by their proximity to a given location. Find your neighbor's blog, perhaps, or the web page of the restaurants near you.
Seen on the Shifted Librarian.

MARC Tag of the Month

The MARC Tag of the Month is 852, Location.

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Happy New Year

Happy New Year.

Thanks Ian for being the host the past few days. I thought it was fun having someone else be the host. It brought a different personality to the 'blog, which I found refreshing.


The MARC XML DTD for Bibliographic/Holdings/Community Information Record and the MARC Authority/Classification Record has been updated with Update No. 3 to the MARC21 format.

Dublin Core

A revised XML Schema for DC has been published, superseding the 2002-03-12 version.

Controlled Vocabulary

What Is A Controlled Vocabulary? by Karl Fast, Fred Leise and Mike Steckel describes, for computer folks, what and why these are useful.
A controlled vocabulary is a way to insert an interpretive layer of semantics between the term entered by the user and the underlying database to better represent the original intention of the terms of the user.