Thursday, May 20, 2010

Online Shelf Browse Tool

The North Carolina State University Library has released an open-source tool for browsing the shelf in the catalog.
The NCSU Libraries is pleased to release its Virtual Shelf Browse application and web service as open source software. Source code is available for viewing, download, and checkout from Google Code under the MIT/X11 License. It includes a back end web service for retrieving items in shelf order and a front end web application for browsing.

The Virtual Shelf Browse project is intended to mimic in an online environment the discovery opportunities available while browsing library book stacks. We intend this as a first step toward providing patrons with Amazon and Netflix style recommendations to "find more like this" in the library.

The code:

Try it here (click on "browse shelf"):

Additional information about the project:

Do with it what you will -- and enjoy.

Monday, May 17, 2010

MARBI Papers for Review

The following papers are available for review by the MARC community:

Proposal 2010-06: Encoding the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) in the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Authority Formats

Proposal 2010-07: ISBD punctuation in the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format

Proposal No. 2010-08: Encoding Scheme of Coordinate Data in Field 034 (Coded Cartographic Mathematical Data) of the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Authority Formats

Proposal No. 2010-09: Addition of Subfield $u to Field 561 (Ownership and Custodial History) to the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Holdings Formats

Discussion Paper No. 2010-DP04: Encoding the International Standard Text Code (ISTC) in the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Authority Formats

MARBI ALA Annual Conference 2010 agenda is available.

Linked Data Service from the Deutschen Nationalbibliothek

The Deutschen Nationalbibliothek has announced a linked data test service of their authority records. The service includes personal and corporate names and topical headings.
Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,

seit kurzem steht der Linked Data Service der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek offiziell zur Verfügung. Aktuell werden etwa 1,8 Mio. Personen (aus der PND), ca. 164.000 Sachschlagworte (aus der SWD) und gut 1,3 Mio. Körperschaften dargestellt. Auf den Portalseiten zu den entsprechenden Entitäten findet sich nun ein Link zur XML/RDF-Darstellung unserer Daten. Die Datenmodellierung und Verknüpfung mit anderen Datenquellen wurde gegenüber bisherigen Prototypen verbessert.

Wir möchten Sie einladen, den Service zu testen. Die Dokumentation, die auch unsere Überlegungen bzgl. technischer Umsetzung und Modellierung der Daten enthält, finden Sie unter: