Thursday, June 21, 2007


A nice tool for those listening to lots of podcasts or creating them is mpTrim. It fixes lots of errors, adjusts the volume and cuts off silence from the start and end of the file, thus making it a bit leaner. Free for a basic version. For longer podcasts or batch processing there is a paid version.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Dan Brickley has written the paper, FOAF and the draft DC Agents requirements, to investigate and assess feasibility of using Friend of a Friend for Dublin Core agent descriptions.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

TEI Meeting Announcement

This announcement was received via e-mail, slightly edited for Web presentation.

TEI@20: 20 Years of Supporting the Digital Humanities

31st October - 3rd November 2007, University of Maryland

Pre-conference workshops: 31 October 2007
TEI conference: 1-2 November 2007
Business meeting: 3 November 2007

We invite you to come to the annual showcase of all things TEI.

The meeting includes:
  • the launch of TEI P5
  • a full programme of invited speakers, panels, roundtable discussion
  • special interest group sessions
  • TEI business meeting and elections
There will also be a day of pre-meeting training workshops.

Conference papers will be published by LLC: The Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities.

The meeting will be held at the University of Maryland Libraries, University of Maryland, College Park, just outside Washington, D.C.

The event is open to all and free of charge for TEI Consortium institutional members, subscribers and invited guests. Others will be charged $75, which entitles you to conference admission and subscriber benefits for the remainder of the calendar year.

For program details , registration, hotel, and travel information, please visit the conference website.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Meeting of Experts for an International Cataloguing Code

The website is now available for the 5th IFLA Meeting of Experts for an International Cataloguing Code. Lots of papers available.

Resource Description and Access

There is a survey about the print version of RDA on the website. There is another for educators. Look for both in the left sidebar. Make your opinion count.

Structure and Form of Folksonomy Tags

Structure and form of folksonomy tags: The road to the public library catalogue by Louise Spiteri appears in Webology 4(2).
Folksonomies have the potential to add much value to public library catalogues by enabling clients to: store, maintain, and organize items of interest in the catalogue using their own tags. The purpose of this paper is to examine how the tags that constitute folksonomies are structured. Tags were acquired over a thirty-day period from the daily tag logs of three folksonomy sites,, Furl, and Technorati. The tags were evaluated against section 6 (choice and form of terms) of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) guidelines for the construction of controlled vocabularies.
Another paper on tagging is @toread and Cool: Tagging for Time, Task and Emotion by Margaret E.I. Kipp in Proceedings 8th Information Architecture Summit, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
This paper examines the use of non subject related tags in three social bookmarking tools (, Connotea and Citeulike). Previous studies of and Citeulike determined that many common tags are not directly subject related but are in fact affective tags dwelling on a user's emotional response to a document or are time and task related tags related to a users current projects or activities. A set of non subject tags from the previous studies was used to collect posts with non subject tags from the three listed social bookmarking tools. These tags have been analysed to examine their role in the tagging process.