Technical Bulletin 251: Connexion WorldCat Searching is now available in HTML and PDFTB 251 covers changes in search syntax, stopwords, and indexes for WorldCat searching in Connexion.The changes described in the technical bulletin will be implemented in the Connexion interface on November 21, 2004.
Friday, November 12, 2004
This is what I love about open source, just how quick things can happen. The other day someone dropped a note to the Koha mail-list asking about a link to Amazon from Koha. I then mentioned a link to OpenWorldCat would be a nice option, if there were no results from a search. Just thinking aloud. Well, today both are available and a link to Project Gutenberg is next. For the WorldCat page, search "Once and Future Moon" or another unlikely title and see the results. For the Amazon link check out this page at the bottom. How long has Jenny been trying to get the idea of RSS into the major vendors heads? And with Koha this enhancement has taken a few days. Thanks to Chris for these features.
Report of the meeting of the Dublin Core Libraries Working Group DC-2004, Shanghai, Tuesday 12 October 2004.30 people attended this working group meetingThe agenda of the WG was
Chair, DC Libraries Working Group
- Presentation of the revised DC-Lib - Robina ClayphanFeedback form the Usage Board - Rebecca GuentherPresentations from the floor - speakersDiscussion and work plan for the next year - all and RC
- Presentation of the revised version of DC-Lib The main task of the WG over the past year was the production of a revised version of the library application profile, DC-Lib. This has been updated with the decisions taken at the meeting in 2003 and reformatted according to the CEN Guidelines for DCAPs. Robina Clayphan presented the revised version and explained the changes that had been made to conform to the Guidelines. There were several issues that were still awaiting the outcome of Usage Board meetings and one or two that are being handled by other working groups, notably the Date working group. The main outstanding issues were:
- How to include terms from the MARC list of relators as refinements of DC.ContributorHow to declare or register needed encoding schemesThe issue of re-use of terms from other data modelsRemaining Date requirements and a few open questions in the profile
- Update DC-Lib in line with UB decisions.
Who: Robina Clayphan.
When: Spring 2005Submit DC-Lib to UB for "Registered" status.
Who: Robina Clayphan.
When: for next UB meeting in 2005Suggest encoding schemes to include in DC-Lib.
When: on-going.Write an XML schema for DC-Lib.
Who: Ann Apps.
When: Start with current version and complete when new version available.Produce guidance documentation together with User Documentaion WG.
Who: task to be sub-divided between WG members. RC to find volunteers.
When: Autumn 2005
Chair, DC Libraries Working Group
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Typos in the catalog can be a problem for our users. More Typographical Errors in Library Databases, a listing of typos found by a group out to correct these errors has been updated. This list contains more subtle errors. "The words in this list are correctly spelled for some uses, but not others. Some of the words are personal names, some are archaic and some are not English. Some are filing indicator errors." Check your catalog for some of these when you have a few odd minutes to fill. After a while you will have worked your way through the list. Thanks to all those involved in this effort to clean up our catalogs.
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Version 1.20 of the Connexion client is now available for download from the OCLC web site. This release includes NACO support for authorities functionality, local files, batch processing, and more. See the client recent enhancements page for more information about the changes, to download the software, and to access updated tutorials and documentation.If upgrading from client 1.10 to 1.20, be sure to review Section 5 of the Getting Started document. OCLC will discontinue version 1.10 on March 1, 2005.
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A good introductory article on RSS is What is RSS and how can it serve libraries? by Zeki Celikbas in In Yalvac, Mesut and Gulsecen, Sevinc, Eds. Proceedings First International Conference on Innovations in Learning for the Future: e-Learning, pp. 277-292, Istanbul (Turkey).
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
The Nov. issue of the NISO Newsline has the article The 13-Digit ISBN: There's Time, But Act Fast!
Worldwide, the industry will move to from a 10-digit to a 13-digit ISBN on January 1, 2007. Experts from NISO and counterpart organizations, working within the ISO, have taken steps to make the transition as easy as possible for publishers and librarians. The NISO web site has answers to a range of basic question as well as links to further information.January 1, 2005 is the first important date in the move to 13 digits. That's what the Uniform Code Council has established as the "sunrise date" for U.S. retailers to join the rest of the world in using a full 13-digit European Article Number (EAN) in place of the current US 12-digit Universal Product Code (UPC), or bar code. The change supports the sale of US books through all channels using a single identifier.NISO urges publishers to submit title information to Books In Print right now. Every ISBN registered will automatically be converted to 13-digits.Just an idea, would it make sense to convert the 10 digit numbers into the 13 and populate the catalog with those in field 024? All valid 020's could have 978 added to the start of the number and the last number recalculated. Surely a script like that could not be too difficult. Would it be worth the effort?
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Published Subjects for practitioners of RDF, Semantic Web, Topic Maps, Ontologies and Business Vocabularies! The OASIS Published Subjects TC is holding a nocturne, Monday, November 15th, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Taft Room in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel at the start of XML 2004.Join us to find out how the Published Subjects TC is ramping up to complete work already underway and to take on new projects relevant to your subject area. Sorry, no free drinks but lots of discussion and planning of new activities for the Published Subjects TC.Published Subjects is an open, distributed mechanism for defining unique global identifiers. Based on URIs, the Published Subjects mechanism has two unique characteristics: It works from the bottom up, and it works for humans AND computers. For more information see Published Subjects: Introduction and Basic Requirements.
The goal of the OASIS Topic Maps Published Subjects Technical Committee is to promote Topic Maps interoperability through the use of Published Subjects. A further goal is to promote interoperability between Topic Maps and other technologies that make explicit use of abstract representations of subjects, such as the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and the Web Ontology Language (OWL).Published Subjects as defined in this Specification provide an open, scaleable, URI-based method of identifying subjects of discourse. They cater for the needs of both humans and applications, and they provide mechanisms for ensuring confidence and trust on the part of users. Published Subjects are therefore expected to be of particular interest to publishers and users of ontologies, taxonomies, classifications, thesauri, registries, catalogues, and directories, and for applications (including agents) that capture, collate or aggregate information and knowledge.
The monthly DDC updates, this month includes a message requesting comment:
The following new and changed entries are effective on November 1.We have updated Options A and B in the 340 Law schedule in DDC 22. Each entry that includes information on Options A and B has been updated; all affected entries are included below. Changes are underlined; 349.9, 349(.91), 349(.92) and 349.93-349.99 are new entries.We would like to know how many libraries use Option A, B, or C instead of the standard arrangement, and the reason the option is preferred over the standard arrangement. Please send us [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] the name of your library, the edition of Dewey in use in your library, the option you use, and the reason you prefer the option. We would appreciate a response by December 10, 2004. We will report back our findings to Dewey users in early 2005.Thanks Ian.
At Follett the MARC Tag of the Month for November is MARC Record Sample -- Sound Recording (cassette) -- Non-musical Audiobook. Seems to be missing field 306. Do people use that field? I don't catalog much in the way of audiobooks, so it may be a non-issue.
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Monday, November 08, 2004
I have to mention again the great tool Library ELF.
ELF is an Internet-based tool for anyone who uses the library and would like to keep track of what they've borrowed. Subscribers are able to check one or more library accounts in one place -- it's a way to simultaneously keep tabs of the status of all of one's checked-out items.Specify when you'd like to be notified and ELF will send email reminder notices of upcoming due dates (sometimes called pre-overdue or early notification) and overdue reminders. And by visiting the ELF website, you can view the current status of your library borrowings.Whether by email or by website, ELF checks accounts (in real-time) and consolidates the information into one report. Instead of going to each library account for updates, ELF will automatically do the checking and sends courtesy email reminders.Ideal for interlibrary library users (students or individuals with multiple library accounts) and intralibrary library users (families, clubs, etc.).Pretty slick. I've been using it for 2 of the local libraries I frequent and appreciate having all the information on just one page. The developers seem to be very responsive.
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