Thursday, May 16, 2002

Postings to Catalogablog

Later today I'm off to Dallas to meet with the Cataloging Focus Group. So there will be no postings again until Monday. These meetings are a real treat. I'm the only cataloger here at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. There is no one else about to talk shop with. Autocat, OLAC and this blog lessen the feeling of isolation but nothing can replace getting together, in person, with colleagues and talking cataloging. There are times I envy those who work at university and large public libraries. You can chat over lunch about issues and concerns of the profession. I'll be back Monday.

D-Lib Magazine

The latest issue of the always interesting D-Lib Magazine is now available.

The articles include:

A Metadata Registry for the Semantic Web
Rachel Heery, UKOLN, and Harry Wagner, OCLC / Dublin Core Metadata Initiative

Meta-Design of a Community Digital Library
Michael Wright and Mary Marlino, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research; and Tamara Sumner, University of Colorado at Boulder

Levels of Service for Digital Repositories
William G. LeFurgy, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights: A Digital Library Context
Robert Sullivan, University of Auckland, New Zealand


The Extractor is "software for automatically summarizing text, developed by the Interactive Information Group. Extractor takes a text file as input and generates a list of key words and a list of key sentences as output." What you get is a list of keywords. I tried it on Catalogablog. It gave fair results. It did list "comments" and "links" as important. Those words appear at the end of each item so they appear to have some importance. This could be useful if someone had to apply keywords to lots of Web pages or e-mails. It does show that it is not time for catalogers to be replaced if quality is desired.

Genre Headings

On Despising Genres by Ursula K. LeGuin offers some food for thought concerning the use of genre headings and sections in libraries and bookstores. Do we separate the "good" from the "popular" fiction? Do we use it as a finding tool, as we should or as a rating system. Is the Ox Bow Incident in literature but the others in Westerns? Do we add a 655 to the latter but not the former? LeGuin is one of my favorite authors, so it was a pleasure to find this. Thanks to Rory at Library Juice for bring this to my attention.

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Text Encoding Initiative

The TEI Consortium has released The XML Version of the TEI Guidelines This is from the introduction:

The primary goal of this revision has been to make available a new and corrected version of the TEI Guidelines which:

is expressed in XML and conforms to a TEI-conformant XML DTD;
generates a set of DTD fragments that can be combined together to form either SGML or XML document type definitions;
corrects blatant errors, typographical mishaps, and other egregious editorial oversights;
can be processed and maintained using readily available XML tools instead of the special-purpose ad hoc software originally used for TEI P3.

A second major design goal of this revision has been to ensure that the DTD fragments generated would not break existing documents: in other words, that any document conforming to the original TEI P3 SGML DTD would also conform to the new XML version of it. Although full backwards compatibility cannot be guaranteed, we believe our implementation is consistent with that goal.


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Metacrap: Putting the torch to seven straw-men of the meta-utopia by Cory Doctorow is worth a read and consideration. Grand visions of the Symantec Web where everything is easily found and accessed are shown to be a pipe dream. There are a few problems with implementing this scheme -- People Lie, People are Lazy, People are Stupid -- are the first few. A fun read as well as worth considering.

Tuesday, May 14, 2002


Some interesting interfaces to controlled vocabulary schemes including LCSH which might help our users navigate our catalogs are being developed at the Metadata Research Program, School of Information Management and Systems, University of California Berkeley. I spotted this on the Library Techlog by Matthew Eberle

LC Classification

This was recently received from LC. "The Classification Web order form and end-user license agreement are now posted.

To expedite your order, please read all of the explanatory information carefully and fill out the order form as completely as possible. If the information that accompanies the order form as well as the product information is not sufficient to answer your questions, email your inquiries to

We appreciate your ongoing interest in Class Web and look forward to having it ready for access on June 1, 2002.

Cheryl C. Cook
Cataloging Distribution Service"


The following proposal is available for review by the MARC 21 community. They will be discussed in a meeting of the MARC Advisory Committee on June 15-16, 2002 in Atlanta. A draft agenda for that meeting is available.

Proposal no. 2002-11: Repertoire Expansion in the Universal Character Set for Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics.

Monday, May 13, 2002

Dewey Classification

Keeping up with the changes in Dewey Classification is easy because of a couple of services they provide.

The Library of Congress Subject Headings/DDC page is a "list of LC subject headings is selected from recent Weekly Lists accompanied by candidate DDC numbers from Edition 21. The purpose of the list is to provide classifier assistance for topics of recent interest not mentioned explicitly in Edition 21. The DDC numbers listed are not exhaustive, and the schedules and tables should be consulted before applying a number from this list."

The New and Changed Entries page provides PDF and Word versions of those entries. I have set a TrackEngine on the LCSH/DDC page to get the page e-mailed to me whenever it changes.

I've added the ability to make comments to the postings. Let me know if it is not working for you.


The following proposals and discussion paper are available for review by the MARC 21 community. They will be discussed in a meeting of the MARC Advisory Committee on June 15-16, 2002 in Atlanta. A draft agenda for that meeting is available.

The following papers are now available:

Discussion Paper No. 2002-6R: Changes in Field 008 in the MARC 21 Holdings Format

Proposal No. 2002-10: Defining URI Subfields in Field 506 (Restrictions on Access Note) and Field 540 (Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note) in the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format

Proposal No. 2001-10R: Definition of Additional Codes in Field 007/10 (Type of Material) for Sound Recordings in the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Holdings Formats

Other papers will be posted next week.