Friday, February 27, 2004

RSS

Forbes has the article The Coming RSS Revolution by Arik Hesseldahl. This is significant because this is not a magazine for geeks or nerds but business managers. This seems to imply it has reached a certain level of popular notice and acceptance.

Fair Use

Last week a blow was struck against Fair Use when 3-2-1 Studios was required to stop selling its software that would make copies of DVD's. DCMI was held to override the public interest of making backup copies for personal or fair use.

Let your congressperson know you want Fair Use restored. A simple form will send an e-mail to your senators and representative.

Thursday, February 26, 2004

OCLC for Smaller Libraries

CatExpress was for smaller libraries that catalog less than 2,000 titles per year. OCLC has recently announced that they are lifting the ceiling to 8,000 so that larger libraries can subscribe to the service.

Here's how it works. Estimate your needs for OCLC records for the year and prepay at 94 cents per title. If your actual usage for the year is less than you purchased, you will not receive a refund. However, if you exceed your predicted number you will be billed at the same 94-cent rate at year's end. You do not pay a per-search fee or for telecommunications costs. You are charged only for the number of records you export. There is no minimum number you must choose in order to subscribe.

MARBI

The Midwinter reports from the Library of Congress representative and from the MARBI representative have been posted on the CC:DA Web site.

Current reports are listed at the lower right of the page.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Dewey

The print version of the Abridged Dewey, 14th edition, is ready for release. The new edition is geared to libraries with collections of 20,000 titles or less. Published in one volume, Abridged Dewey 14 provides Dewey numbers compatible with the unabridged edition, should a library's collection expand and require deeper classification detail. It is based on the recently released DDC 22 and reflects the many changes to the body of human knowledge that have occurred since abridged edition 13 was published in 1997.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

CSB

The Cataloging Service Buletin has a new clean look.

One of the changed subjects that will affect many libraries is Globe Theater. Also the qualifier (Poultry) seems to be changing to Chicken. Battles continue to have the nation or state added. Plants, Effect of ... on has been changed to Plants--Effect of ... on.

Educational Metadata

Semantic Web Metadata for e-Learning - Some Architectural Guidelines by Mikael Nilsson, Matthias Palmer and Ambjorn Naeve.
Meta-data is the fundamental building block of the Semantic Web. However, the meta-data concept is too loosely defined to provide architectural guidelines for its use. This paper analyzes important uses of meta-data in the e-learning domain, from a pedagogical and philosophical point of view, and abstracts from them a set of fundamental architectural requirements for Semantic Web meta-data. It also describes some flexible generic techniques for working with meta-data, following these requirements. Finally, the paper describes a Semantic Web-based e-learning architecture based in these requirements and techniques currently under development at the Knowledge Management Research Group at CID (Centre for user oriented IT Design) at KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. This architecture builds on Edutella, a peer-to-peer meta-data exchange network, and a technique called conceptual modeling using the Conzilla concept browser, a new kind of knowledge management tool for conceptual navigation and exploration. The architecture provides an inquiry-based e-learning system that fits into the Semantic Web philosophy, and is based on a pedagogical framework called the knowledge manifold.

Monday, February 23, 2004

Windows Updates

This could save lots of time if you have many Windows machines to get secure.
The Windows Security Update CD will be shipped to you free of charge. This CD includes Microsoft critical updates released through October 2003 and information to help you protect your PC. In addition, you will also receive a free antivirus and firewall trial software CD.

This CD is only available for Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows 98, and Windows 98 Second Edition (SE).

CSS

A List Apart (the other ALA) has the article Designing for Context with CSS by Joshua Porter. While the examples might need to be changed for a library setting the basic idea is worth considering.
Web standards promised us improved multimedia delivery: the ability to optimize content for computer screens, handhelds, printers, projection devices, and other media.