Friday, July 16, 2010

Google Buys Metaweb

Image representing Metaweb Technologies as dep...Image via CrunchBase
Google has bought Metaweb, the folks behind Freebase. This could be an important step on the way to a more semantic web.
In addition to our ideas for search, we’re also excited about the possibilities for Freebase, Metaweb’s free and open database of over 12 million things, including movies, books, TV shows, celebrities, locations, companies and more. Google and Metaweb plan to maintain Freebase as a free and open database for the world. Better yet, we plan to contribute to and further develop Freebase and would be delighted if other web companies use and contribute to the data. We believe that by improving Freebase, it will be a tremendous resource to make the web richer for everyone. And to the extent the web becomes a better place, this is good for webmasters and good for users.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cataloging Atlases

Topographical map of the Earth showing North A...Image via Wikipedia
I'm wondering, now that Atlases is a genre term (as it should be) what will the subject headings for world atlases be? Earth $vAtlases maybe?

I also just noticed the difference between topographic maps and physical maps. The later do not include any vegetation or man-made structures. Many maps with topographic in the title should get the genre term Physical maps.

Romanization Considered

The final report of the ALCTS Non-English Access Working Group on Romanization has been released.
The Working Group was established by the ALCTS Non-English Access Steering Committee in June 2009 to examine the current use of romanized data in bibliographic and authority records and to recommend whether romanization is still needed in bibliographic records. The Working Group would like to thank all who submitted comments on our draft report released in November. This input from the wider cataloging community was invaluable, and many of the comments received have been incorporated directly into the final report.
The Committee considered 2 options: A) transliteration and vernacular in records and B) vernacular only in records.
A majority of the Working Group believes that the factors discussed in this report are significant enough to make a general shift to Model B in bibliographic records premature at this point. Some members of the Working Group feel that having romanized access points in records provides enough added value that their use should be continued indefinitely. Others believe that in an environment of shrinking staffs and production pressures we should anticipate future developments in making our decision and recommend a move to Model B sooner rather than later. However, most believe that although a gradual move towards the use of Model B for current cataloging is probable, we should continue use of Model A for now as we prepare for a potential transition.
The committee had other recommendations as well.

NISO News

The latest issue of the NISO Newsline supplement Working Group Connection is now available.

VuFind 1.0 Released

Today, VuFind 1.0 has been released.
In addition to improved stability, the new release includes several features missing from the previous release candidate:
  • Flexible support for non-MARC metadata formats
  • A mobile interface
  • Dewey Decimal support
  • Integration with Serials Solutions' Summon
  • Dynamic "recommendations modules" to complement search results with relevant tips
Here is the description of VuFind from their home page.
VuFind is a library resource portal designed and developed for libraries by libraries. The goal of VuFind is to enable your users to search and browse through all of your library's resources by replacing the traditional OPAC to include:
  • Catalog Records
  • Locally Cached Journals
  • Digital Library Items
  • Institutional Repository
  • Institutional Bibliography
  • Other Library Collections and Resources
VuFind is completely modular so you can implement just the basic system, or all of the components. And since it's open source, you can modify the modules to best fit your need or you can add new modules to extend your resource offerings.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Changing LC Subject Headings

A post on AUTOCAT alerted me to this, suggestions for changes to LC subject headings can be made from the Authorities & Vocabularies service. There is a suggest terminology tab at the top of the page. I missed that for how long?
The LC Authorities and Vocabularies service welcomes any suggestions you might have about terminology used for a given heading or concept.

Would you like to suggest a change to this heading?
No need to be a SACO member, or even a librarian.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Institutional Identifier

The NISO Institutional Identifier (I2) Working Group (WG) has released a midterm report and is looking for comments.
The NISO I2 WG is soliciting feedback on the report and guidance for the next steps in developing this standard from individuals and groups involved in the digital information transactions. Stakeholders include publishers/distributors, libraries, archives, museums, licensing agencies, standards bodies, and service providers, such as library workflow management system vendors and copyright clearance agencies. Anyone involved at any level in the distribution, licensing, sharing or management of information is invited to participate.

Please read the information below and participate in the evaluation of our midterm work by reading the midterm release document and answering a few questions about each development area. You are the stakeholders for this information standard. We must work to ensure that it meets your needs, so your input is very valuable and important to us.