Friday, October 24, 2008
Landbeck, Chris (2008) Issues in Subject Analysis and Description of Political Cartoons. In Lussky, Joan, Eds. Proceedings 19th Workshop of the American Society for Information Science and Technology Special Interest Group in Classification Research, Columbus, Ohio.
Political cartoons are not meant to record visual evidence of an event as a photo might, neither are they created to act as icons for the events that they speak to. Rather, they treat the events of their day with an acknowledged slant in the point-of-view, draw correlations between events when such correlations might exist only in the mind of the artist, or deride (or, rarely, admire) individuals or organizations. In all cases, political cartoons fall far more on Fidel’s Object pole than they do on her Data pole (1997). Indexing political cartoons offers a unique challenge in the larger realm of indexing images. But while subject access has been the focus of image indexing research in recent years, and is a robust and active topic of discussion and debate, it has rarely been turned to the realm of indexing opinion, visual or otherwise. Will Armitage and Enser’s Panofsky-Shatford mode/facet matrix (1997) be more useful in such work than Jorgensen’s 12 classes (1994), or will an entirely new measure of subject need to be developed? This paper asks questions within this realm of image indexing as it pertains to political cartoons.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
For the first time in almost two years there has been a new release of marc4j. Release 2.4 is a minor release in the sense that it shouldn't break any existing code, but it's a major release in the sense that it represents an influx of new people into the development of this project, and a significant improvement in marc4j's ability to handle malformed or mis-encoded marc records. Release notes.Adapted from the email sent to code4lib.21 Oct. 2008 URL fixed.
There have been a number of updates and additions to the Cataloguing Section's pages on IFLANET.
- The call for papers for next year's World Library and Information Congress in Milan has been added.The French translation of the consolidated International Standard Bibliographic Description has been added.A citation for the Russian translation of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records as well as the text of the amendment to the expression definition have been added.The 2008 meeting report of the ISBD Review Group has been added.A list of the published proceedings of the IFLA Meetings of Experts on an International Cataloguing Code has been added.