Friday, October 22, 2010

Greater Houston Texas Area

Time to register for the Treasures of the Gulf Coast TLA District 8 Fall Conference. It takes place next weekend. October 30, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at Clear Brook High School, located at 4607 FM 2351, Friendswood, TX 77546. The Conference Luncheon Speaker is Gwendolyn  Zepeda.

Vendor registration is still open.

I'm sorry I'll have to miss it, I do enjoy the meeting every year. However, this year I'll be at a Tweetup for the shuttle launch at Cape Canaveral. A once in a lifetime opportunity.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

DC-2010--Pittsburgh Proceedings

The DCMI conference proceedings are open access and are now published. Almost 200 pages of interesting reading. Some papers are:
  • Building blocks of metadata: What can we learn from Lego™? / Emma Tonkin, Andrew Hewson
  • Visualizing Metadata for Environmental Datasets / Sherry Koshman
  • FRBR: A Generalized Approach to Dublin Core Application Profiles / Maja Zumer, Marcia Lei Zeng, Athena Salaba
  • Enhancing Interoperability of FRBR-Based Metadata / Jenn Riley
  • Moving Library Metadata Toward Linked Data: Opportunities Provided by the eXtensible Catalog / Jennifer B. Bowen
  • Celebrating 10 Years of Government of Canada Metadata Standards / Margaret Devey, Marie-Claude Côté, Leigh Bain, Lynne McAvoy
  • Extending RSS to Meet Central Bank Needs / Paul Asman, San Cannon, Christine Sommo
Good quote from Twitter @anarchivist (Mark Matienzo) "Data that cannot speak for itself will be more vulnerable to becoming irrelevant" - Tom Baker.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hosted Library Systems

What issues are important in a hosted library system? Beyond price and up-time that is. Ones that come to my mind are:
  1. Ability to handle MARC authority records
  2. Z39.50 or sru/srw searching, the ability for a searcher to download a MARC record
  3. Stable, short URLs for each record
  4. RDA complaint
What am I overlooking? Any suggestions about good, bad or ugly systems.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Addition to Source Codes for Vocabularies, Rules, and Schemes

The source codes listed below have been recently approved. The codes will be added to the applicable Source Codes for Vocabularies, Rules, and Schemes lists. See the specific source code list for current usage in MARC fields and MODS/MADS elements.

The source codes should not be used in exchange records until 60 days after the date of this notice to provide implementers time to include newly-defined codes in any validation tables.

Classification Scheme Source Codes
The following source code has been added to the Classification Scheme Source Codes list for usage in appropriate fields and elements.

Addition:
jelc
Journal of economic literature (JEL) classification

Standard Identifier Source Codes
The following source code has been added to the Standard Identifier Source Codes list for usage in appropriate fields and elements.

Addition:
isni
International standard name identifier (ISNI) (Geneva: International Organization for Standardization)

Subject Heading and Term Source Codes
The following source code has been added to the Subject Heading and Term Source Codes list for usage in appropriate fields and elements.

Addition:
gnd
Gemeinsame Normdatei (Leipzig: Deutsche Nationalbibliotheke)