Saturday, September 23, 2006

Vodcasting in Texas

I just found out that Geek Briefs by Neal and Cali Lewis is done in Dallas. We should get them for TLA. How cool would that be? They could give a talk and maybe tape a show at the conference. Or maybe AMIGOS could get them to do a workshop in Dallas?
Geek Brief TV is a Video Podcast with news about tech tools and toys featuring Cali Lewis. The format is fast, fun, fresh and flirty.

We released the first Geek Brief on December 23, 2005, having never done anything in video production, on camera or off. Within six months, we're having millions of downloads a month, and we keep growing! At exactly our five month mark, we were able to announce that, thanks to PodShow, we quit our day jobs and are now podcasting full time. It's an amazing time to be alive with this new medium!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

Friday, September 22, 2006


XML-Sitemaps lets you:
  • Create an XML sitemap format that can be submitted to Google to help them crawl your website better.
  • Create a Text sitemap to submit to Yahoo.
  • Create a ROR sitemap, which is an independant XML format for any search engine.
  • Generate an HTML site map to allow human visitors to easily navigate on your website.
Our Sitemap Generator now supports sitemaps in ROR format (both Free Online version and Unlimited Standalone generator). ROR Sitemaps (ROR - Resources of a Resource) is an independent XML format for describing any object of your content in a generic fashion, so any search engine can better understand that content.

Additionally to Google sitemaps and Yahoo sitemaps, the generator also will optionally create HTML sitemap for human visitors with the whole site structure.

Our online sitemap generator now creates not only an xml sitemap (that is submitted to Google), but also a sitemap in text format. You can use the text sitemap to submit to Yahoo!

Seen on CommandN


APIFinder is a growing index of various application programming interfaces (APIs). An API provides a set of instructions that you can use to make new software interoperate with existing applications. This site is also a place to share ideas and advice on how to use APIs in your programming. This site grows in part through community contribution so please submit your favorite APIs as well as articles and API-related projects today!

I didn't find unAPI in their collection. I did spot ISBNdb, a tool for using an ISBN database.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Metadata Registries

A Metadata Registry from Vocabularies Up: The NSDL Registry Project by Diane I. Hillmann, Stuart A. Sutton, Jon Phipps, and Ryan Laundry will be presented at the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications.
The NSDL Metadata Registry is designed to provide humans and machines with the means to discover, create, access and manage metadata schemes, schemas, application profiles, crosswalks and concept mappings. This paper describes the general goals and architecture of the NSDL Metadata Registry as well as issues encountered during the first year of the project's implementation.

Cataloging at the University of California

Medeiros, Norm (2006) Good Enough is Good Enough: Cataloging Lessons from the University of California Libraries. OCLC Systems & Services 22(3):pp. 155-158.
This article reviews the recent report, "Rethinking How We Provide Bibliographic Services for the University of California." It discusses some of the report’s recommendations in light of similar initiatives underway. The article includes comments from John Riemer, Chair of the Bibliographic Services Task Force, the group responsible for the report. The article concludes by affirming many of the suggestions detailed in the report.

TEI Annual Members' Meeting

The 2006 TEI Members' meeting will be held on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28th, at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria, Canada, and hosted by the University of Victoria. The two-day meeting features keynote speakers Greg Crane, Liam Quin, and Steve Ramsay, as well as a poster and demonstration session, presentations on TEI research and projects, meetings of the TEI Special Interest Groups, and the TEI business meeting and elections. The meeting is open to the public, and free for TEI members and subscribers. The attendance fee for non-members is the same as the cost of an individual subscribership.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Microformats Book

Now available from O'Reilly, Using Microformats by Brian Suda. Is a 56 page PDF file a Book?
Microformats let you share structured information in HTML web pages. Although the information is visible to human readers--as it should be--software can also extract structured information. This Short Cut is a general introduction to the history of microformats and an explanation why these ideas are rocketing to the forefront of technology. It includes information and examples on how to add all of the popular microformats used and consumed today to your documents. Also included is discussion of where the idea behind microformats originated and why the microformats process is so open for everyone to contribute. With millions of instances of microformats on the Web, isn't it about time to learn what it's all about?

Monday, September 18, 2006

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Tuesday September 19th 2006 is Talk Like a Pirate Day. If you want to catalog like a pirate here is a start: Ahoy, includes bibliographical refarnces Gar, Where can I find a bottle o'rum?