Friday, December 09, 2011

Amazing Comics

Young Romance #1 (October 1947). Cover art by ...Image via WikipediaA break from cataloging. I enjoy comics and the Digital Comics Museum has given me access to a great collection of out-of-copyright works. I've been enjoying books by Walt Kelly, Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Joe Kubert, Bob Powell, and many other outstanding sequential artists. I've also enjoyed reading the original Captain Marvel, Balckhawks, Crime Does Not Pay, early Archie stories in Pep Comics and other important titles. Along the way I've found a couple of eye-opening comic books.

The Challenger Comic from 1946 deals with race, pro-union, pro co-op, and still has a message for today sadly. The caracters in the stories are integrated, different colors work and play together. Something main stream media wouldn't depict for quite some time.

Another amazing old comic (1949) Young Romance # 60, deals with housing discrimination against Jews. This one is drawn by Jack Kirby, who was Jewish and so had personal experience with the attitudes in the story. Powerful stuff.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Additions to the MARC Country and Geographic Area Code Lists

On October 10, 2010, the Netherlands Antilles was dissolved, resulting in two new constituent countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands: Curaao and Sint Maarten (Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 to become a separate country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands). The remaining islands of the Netherlands Antilles.Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (or the "BES islands") joined the Kingdom of the Netherlands as three special municipalities collectively administered by the National Office for the Caribbean Netherlands. As the result of the Netherlands Antilles being dissolved, new country and geographic area codes are being defined for use in MARC records.

The coding for Netherlands Antilles, country code na and GAC nwna, will remain valid only for items prior to December 2011.

1. MARC country code changes

The new country codes are:
co
Curaao
sn
Sint Maarten
ca
Caribbean Netherlands
Both Curaao and Sint Maarten (previously called Saint Martin, Southern, on the country code list) were previously coded na for Netherlands Antilles before December 2011. Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba were previously coded na for Netherlands Antilles before December 2011 and will now collectively be coded ca for Caribbean Netherlands.

2. MARC geographic area code changes

The new geographic area code is:
nwsn
Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten was previously coded nwst for Saint Martin (West Indies) before December 2011. Code nwst will now apply only to the French collectivity of Saint-Martin. Current geographic area codes assigned to the islands of the former Netherlands Antilles remain unchanged: nwaw for Aruba, nwco for Curaao, nwbn for Bonaire, nwsd for Saba, and nweu for Sint Eustatius.

On July 15, 2007, the French island communes of Saint-Barthlemy and Saint-Martin separated from the French overseas region of Guadeloupe to become two separate overseas territorial collectivities of France. As the result of this separation, new country and geographic area codes are being defined for use in MARC records.

1. MARC country code changes

The new country codes are:
sc
Saint-Barthlemy
st
Saint-Martin
Both Saint-Barthlemy and Saint-Martin (previously called Saint Martin, Northern, on the country code list) were previously coded gp for Guadeloupe before December 2011.

2. MARC geographic area code changes

The new geographic area code is:
nwsc
Saint-Barthlemy
Saint-Barthlemy was previously coded nwgp for Guadeloupe before December 2011. Saint-Martin will retain the code nwst, but the geographic area code name on the list will change from Saint Martin (West Indies) to Saint-Martin. Code nwst will now apply only to the French collectivity of Saint-Martin. Sint Maarten, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, will be coded nwsn (see above).

Subscribers can anticipate receiving MARC records reflecting these changes in all distribution services not earlier than February 6, 2012.

EAD Tool

EADitor is a new tool for working with EADs.
EADitor is a free, open-source cross-platform XForms framework for creating, editing, and publishing Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids using Orbeon, an enterprise-level XForms Java application, which runs in Apache Tomcat. I have released the latest stable code in downloadable packages on our Google Code site. This release is a major advancement over the June 2011 release, especially in terms of performance and stability. I call EADitor a beta because there is much I have left to improve, but this is the first production-ready release, an example of which is the American Numismatic Society Archives site, Archer

Features in a nutshell:
  • Public interface with faceted search results and facet-based OpenLayers mapping
  • Linked data and geographic services: OAI-PMH feed, Solr-based Atom feed (embedded with geographic points) and search results in the form of KML
  • Geonames, LCSH, VIAF APIs for geographic, subject term, personal, and corporate name controlled vocabulary
  • Upload finding aids from the "wild" (if they adhere to EAD 2002).
  • Interface for reordering and setting permissions of components
  • Flickr API integration, attach flickr images as a daogrp
  • Simple template controls for EAD finding aids
  • Introduction of simple themes: select facet orientation on search page and from a selection of jQuery UI themes (theme controls will be enhanced over time)
One of the most important recent advancements in the project is the introduction of our documentation wiki. Documentation is an ongoing process, but the wiki contains enough information to get you started with installation and use.

Blog
Google Group
SAA 2010 slideshow
code4lib article (XForms for Libraries, an Introduction)

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

A couple of Items of Possible Interest

Gary Price from INFOdocket has brought a couple of items to my attention. First, Interviews With Five Metadata Experts. The interviews where held in connection with the DCMI 2011 Conference. The five interviewees are:
  • Emmanuelle Berm├Ęs, Modern Art Museum Centre Pompidou
  • Makx Dekkers, CEO, Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (2001-2011)
  • Stuart Sutton, CEO, Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (2011- )
  • Tom Baker, Chief Information Officer (Communications, Research and Development)
  • Diane Hillmann Vocabulary Maintenance Officer
Second, Gary points to A New 24 Page Report From OCLC: “WorldCat Quality” "This paper describes OCLC's steps to make it easier to find items in WorldCat and get them from OCLC member libraries."

Gary will be presenting at the Texas Library Conference, I hope to see him there.