Recent trends, driven to a large extent by the rapid growth of the Web, are forcing changes in bibliographic control systems to make them easier to use, understand, and apply, and subject headings are no exception. The purpose of adapting the LCSH with a simplified syntax to create FAST is to retain the very rich vocabulary of LCSH while making the schema easier to understand, control, apply, and use. The schema maintains upward compatibility with LCSH, and any valid set of LC subject headings can be converted to FAST headings.
Friday, January 10, 2003
Thursday, January 09, 2003
- Creating Annotations for NonBook Materials
- Cataloging Electronic Resources: AACR Chapters 9 and 12
- Cataloging Graphic Materials
- Map Cataloging
- Cataloging Moving Image Materials using AMIM
- Advanced Realia Workshop
- Cataloging Digital Sound Files: AACR2 Chapters 6 and 9
- Videorecordings Cataloging Workshop
The RDF subsystem of MusicBrainz is defined in the MusicBrainz Metadata Initiative 2.0 specification, which defines RDF for encyclopedia entries and for queries. MusicBrainz defines several base URIs (which they call namespaces) for the different (though related) RDF vocabularies it provides.Will this translate to MARC? Have they discussed with librarians the potential issues and considered our solutions? Would that even be useful, maybe this is the best format for the information and we should leave it at that.
However, it occurred to me that many of the design principles could also be applied to Web design. Each Web page is much like a comic page, different spaces that are read in a certain order. Then the next page is served/turned. Considering Web design in this way might make for more interesting and reader friendly pages. What the Web needs is an Will Eisner or Walt Kelly to show the way.
Wednesday, January 08, 2003
The problem with the titles has been solved. Everything should now be working, if you experience any bugs, please let me know.
This development is far from perfect, but it is a starting point from which we might generate the critical mass necessary to do things in this direction (ISIS/WXIS + open source). It is also a call to collaborate, for those interested in making a better code. If you want a copy of OpenOPAC, please send an email asking for it, including the name of the Institution you work at, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Never again send out notifications by email, post or fax! Just make a change to your Kunekt Card and everyone who subscribes to your Kunekt Card will be automatically notified.This has possibilities. It is free and easy to use. What I'd like to see would be for the vCard folks to create a DTD and then use that as the basis for the RSS feed. I'd like something I could drag and drop into Outlook or my PIM. Standards only increase the potential uses of the information.
Tuesday, January 07, 2003
- The Usability of Open Source Software by David M. Nichols and Michael B. Twidale
In this paper we review the existing evidence of the usability of open source software and discuss how the characteristics of open source development influence usability. We describe how existing human-computer interaction techniques can be used to leverage distributed networked communities, of developers and users, to address issues of usability.
- Digitizing Old Photographs for the Web by Ruth Garner, Mark Gillingham, and Yong Zhao
In this article, we discuss reasons for digitizing. We describe an ongoing project in which children and adults in a technology-oriented after-school program in rural Michigan are digitizing photographs for a local historical society
Monday, January 06, 2003
I'm also concerned about the formats supported by the system. They mention Adobe Acrobat, Palm Digital Media, and Microsoft Windows Media Player Technologies. Notice there is a corporate name for each of the formats. Nothing open source it seems. They do provide for MARC records.
Participating publishers provide information about forthcoming books to the Library of Congress. New Books records are created by computer programs from this information and made available on the Library of Congress homepage. These records are also distributed by the Library of Congress's Cataloging Distribution Service to libraries and book sellers worldwide.This is a different program than CIP. The format of the records has yet to be determined, XML seems likely. The idea is for the new book record to point to the bib record. The format of the new book record allows indexing by Web search engines and provides an access point to the library catalog.
I've long believed that the vendors drive too many decisions in our libraries. I often hear that some non-standard technique is used in cataloging since the system does not handle the standard right. This is just another example of that power. We must be careful in our decisions. Maybe content enhancement is for the better, maybe not. However, we should be making the decision not the vendor.