Friday, August 22, 2003

OWL

The Web Ontology Language (OWL) is now a W3C Candidate recommendation.
19 August 2003 -- Today, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) issued Web Ontology Language (OWL) as a W3C Candidate Recommendation. Candidate Recommendation is an explicit call for implementations, indicating that the document has been reviewed by all other W3C Working Groups, that the specification is stable, and appropriate for implementation.

OWL is a language for defining structured, Web-based ontologies which enable richer integration and interoperability of data across application boundaries. Early adopters of these standards include bioinformatics and medical communities, corporate enterprise and governments. OWL enables a range of descriptive applications including managing web portals, collections management, content-based searches, enabling intelligent agents, web services and ubiquitous computing.

Public Speaking

Still reading Walt's book First Have Something to Say and I must add an emphatic YES to the chapter "Hiding Behind PowerPoint". I find these cookie-cuter viewings in dim light tedious. At the last Texas Library Association conference Eric Lease Morgan spoke on MyLibrary. The computer died (not his fault, the AV support was horrible) so he spoke without the slides. Just wonderful, personal, animated and connected to his audience. What a blessing. I found out later he rarely uses PowerPoint.

Walt also mentions, but fails to cite the article Hill, Janet Swan "A View from the Podium" American Libraries Vol. 33 Issue 5, p. 65 (May 2002). If you are responsible for arranging speakers for an event, read this. Copy it and keep it in your organization's officer's manual.

Priorities

You have to wonder where the priorities of our elected representatives are. Here in Texas there is no money in the budget to continue a school union catalog that provided copy cataloging and ILL for the entire state. It was also a carrot held out to districts to meet minimum standards. Now the carrot is gone and there is nothing to stop school libraries in Texas from dropping even lower against the national average. However, there is money to call special sessions to gerrymander congressional districts.

Now I see from Florida that the educational network for connection to the net was given to a campaign manager of the governor and now they have lost the federal funds to keep it operational. Seen on LibraryPlanet

Thursday, August 21, 2003

Lunar and Planetary Institute

The library at the LPI now has a What's New page. Currently it has links to Recent Additions and New & Noteworthy.

The New and Noteworthy page has a very short introduction to RSS. That is because we have an RSS feed for those pages.

Everybody link to this and hit it so our computer center sees it is a valid method of delivering information. I'm coding the pages by hand, if we get enough traffic I plan on asking for some tools. For the Recent Additions I'm using the FRBR tool from LC.

AACR

The Outcomes of the Meeting of the Joint Steering Committee Held in Washington DC, 23-25 April 2003 are now available. Topics include:
  • Incorporating FRBR Terminology in AACR
  • Chapter 21 and “Rule of three”
  • Consistency across part I of AACR
  • JSC Format Variation Working Group
JSC will meet from September 8-10, 2003 in Brisbane, Australia.

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Reading

I'm currently reading First Have Something to Say. Walt Crawford starts by encouraging would-be-writers that there is a place, even a need for them. Then he describes the various places to be published and their requirements. The second half of the book seems to be strategies on writing; I've not gotten that far. As always, his style is very readable and sprinkled with personal incidents. Well worth reading, even rereading.

Downloading

BitTorrent is a unique approach to sharing files. It uses a distributed method to share the load of downloading. The more users requesting a file, the less the load on the host machine. This could be very useful for RLG, OCLC and LC when they offer new software or a patch that everybody will want. It might even be helpful for smaller projects like Koha and MarcEdit.

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Astronomy Slide Sale

The Lunar and Planetary Institute will no longer be producing and distributing slide sets. So, to clear out our inventory prices have been reduced to $10.00 per set. Order on-line.

This 'Blog

It seems Bloglet, the service that e-mails postings, has been down several days. I've e-mailed them, but have yet to receive an answer. One of the RSS feeds was down for a few days. I think it was connected to the blackout, since the times were the same. That seems to be back up.

Cites & Insights

The always interesting Cites & Insights 3:11 (September 2003) is now available.

The 20-page issue includes:

  • Perspective: DVD Durability Survey Responses and Comments
  • Perspective: Weblogging: A Tool, Not a Medium
  • Bibs & Blather
  • Scholarly Article Access: Sabo, SOAF, SOAN and More
  • A Good Stuff Perspective: Weblogs and Libraries
Back issues now have the table of contents available.

RDF

A Thesaurus Interchange Format for the Semantic Web is now available
A product of the SWAD-Europe project, the Thesaurus Interchange Format (TIF) enables the development, integration and deployment of thesauri on the semantic web. The TIF is an RDF schema, based on the concept-oriented thesaurus model.
Something like this would be useful. There are lots of glossaries, thesauri, and vocabulary lists on the Web and making them more accessible and interactive would make them more useful. For example, making the GSAFD available via OAI was a good idea. Those folks are thinking. I also like that the GSAFD is available for download.

Open Source ILS

You've read about it in Library Journal -- now see the real thing!

The Nelsonville Public Library is proud to announce the deployment of the MARC-compatible version of Koha, "the first open source integrated library system". Although we're still debugging some parts of the program (particularly some Internet Explorer 6 issues), you can see the OPAC -- and of course, we'd be glad to demonstrate the staff interface to anyone who wants to stop by one of our libraries.

Monday, August 18, 2003

Awards

Nominate your favorite federal library, librarian, or library technician for a FLICC Award. Forms are available on-line but they must be printed and FAXed in.

Metadata

Noticed I've never mentioned EdNA, had to correct that oversight.
The purpose of the EdNA Metadata Standard is to support interoperability across all sectors of education and training in Australia in the area of online resource discovery and management. Adoption of the standard will assist people across education and training engaged in the production and use of well-described digital content.
They have a tool available for creating HTML or RDF metadata to include in documents that runs on every platform I can think of.

XOBIS

Introducing XOBIS to the FRBR Working Group (2003). International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Annual Conference. August 4, 2003, Berlin, Germany is now available.

Here is what XOBIS is attempting to accomplish:

There are many XML schemas available for modeling MARC data. Most take a literal approach, naming elements and attributes after their corresponding MARC fields, subfields, and indicators. Others represent only a small subset of the data libraries use to describe resources. XOBIS attempts to walk the middle path: describe the full set of library information, but reorganize this information into a structure that empowers the use of library data as just one more information resource available in the digital domain.

Tools

John Voth has made some tools he created available.
  • The first program takes a raw scan of a book's EAN (ie:9781575212784) and converts it into the ISBN (ie:1575212781).
  • The second program takes a list of ISBN's and attempts to retrieve the MARC record for each title from the LoC.
They are in tar.gz format, so it looks like UNIX/Linux only.