Friday, October 03, 2003


ALiNUS is a portal to academic library newsletters. The legnth of the list is impressive.
ALiNUS is a dynamic Internet gateway to more than 600 online academic library newsletters published by US institutions of higher education. From its inception in March 1999, the primary purpose of the ALiNUS Directory is to encourage communication among academic librarians.

Practical RDF

The book Practical RDF is now available. There is a Web log, by the author, dedicated to the book. A review at /.

Thursday, October 02, 2003


An older article, I've just found, is The Information Resources in Arcetri Astrophysics Observatory: Between Metadata and Semantic Web by Roberto Baglioni and Antonella Gasperini, in Library and Information Services in Astronomy IV July 2-5, 2002, Prague, Czech Republic, B. Corbin, E. Bryson, and M. Wolf (eds.)
It is becoming apparent that libraries are going to play a key role in the new W3C's (World Wide Web Consortium) paradigm for the semantic web. For this reason, the Arcetri library is investigating methods for publishing diferent kinds of electronic documents on the net and a way of enriching them with semantic metadata. For the 1st phase, we are focusing on the library catalogue; and, in a second phase, we will consider bibliographies, preprints, technical reports, web pages, archives of astronomical data, and photographic and historical archives.
The observatory also has it own classification scheme.

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Shifted Librarian

The Shifted Librarian has a new look. Nice, clean and uncluttered.


RLG's RedLightGreen (formerly known as the Union Catalog Project) is now online.
To simplify record retrieval for Web users, RLG has adapted the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records established by the International Federation of Library Associations and the Library of Congress, which distinguishes between a work, an expression, a manifestation, and an item. Data manipulation using this approach will aggregate what can be an overwhelming number of editions into a manageable set of works that match a user's search terms.

OLAC Conference

The OLAC 2004 Conference in Montreal has a Web site.


The Joint Steering Committee for revision of AACR Web site has had a face lift. In their news section is information on the New Edition of AACR Planned for 2006. Lots of changes coming, many long overdue.

Tuesday, September 30, 2003


Lately I've been thinking about "Why add metadata to a 'blog?" Except for the title and description field most search engines ignore most of it. It isn't driving lots of readers my way nor increasing my page hits. I doubt it has much, if any influence on my ranking in any of the major search engines. Why bother?

Several reasons, some might apply to you as well.

  • Working with other metadata schemes gives insight into MARC/AACR2. Seeing where the schemes are similar and where the differ provides insight into the reasoning (or lack of) behind the structure.
  • We have something to contribute to the development of metadata schemes. Librarians have much experience with metadata and the responsibility to share it with those designing structures for the Web.
  • We might be called on to select a metadata scheme for a Web project at our institution. As metadata savvy professionals we should be able to advise our institutions on the proper metadata for different projects. It is no longer the case of one size (MARC/AACR) fits all. There are options and who better to know them then us?

Info Uniform Resource Identifier

The "info" URI Scheme for Information Assets with Identifiers in Public Namespaces is a new Internet-Draft.
This document defines the "info" Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) scheme for information assets that have identifiers in public namespaces that are not part of the URI allocation. By information asset this document intends any information construct - i.e. any abstraction or manifestation - that has identity within a public namespace.

There exist many information assets with identifiers in public namespaces that are not referenceable by URI schemes. Examples of such namespaces include Dewey Decimal Classifications [DEWEY], Library of Congress Control Numbers [LCCN], NASA Astrophysics Data System Bibcodes [BIBCODE], and Open Archives Initiative identifiers [OAI].

NISO is to be the registry.

Topic Maps

The Library of Congress presents the Luminary Lecture, Topic Maps: Subject-Based Access. The video of the lecture will be available live on Wednesday, October 15 from 10:00 am -12:00 noon EST in RealPlayer format. To view it, you must have Real Player installed and at least a 28 Kbps connection.
Join Michel Biezunski and Steven R. Newcomb, the creators and pioneers of the Topic Maps Paradigm, which they developed in 1992. Newcomb will address the conceptual foundations of the paradigm concerned with creating and maintaining subject-based indexes that amalgamate other subject-based indexes. He will then answer the central question of the Topic Maps Reference Model: "How can a master index be made from indexes that were never intended to be merged with others?" Biezunski will then discuss the possibility of amalgamating knowledge resources (including finding tools) expressed in accordance with diverse interchange standards, by creating a new layer where semantic integration has a broader range of application. He will also review his experiences in applying the paradigm and its effects on the ongoing development, using the Internal Revenue Service application as a case study.

Cataloging Cultural Objects

Cataloging Cultural Objects: A Guide to Describing Cultural Works and Their Images is a project of the Visual Resources Association.
CCO provides guidelines for selecting, ordering, and formatting data used to populate catalog records. CCO is designed to promote good descriptive cataloging, shared documentation, and enhanced end-user access. Whether used locally to develop training manuals, or universally as a guide to building consistent cultural heritage documentation in a shared environment, CCO will contribute to improved documentation and enhanced access to cultural heritage information.

The CCO Project team would like your comments on the chapters that are available. Your feedback is needed to ensure that the CCO guide will be a useful cataloguing tool for the community.

Seen on Current Cites.


MarcEdit will soon have a new version released. If you wish to recieve an e-mail notification fill in the online form.


The Open Archives Initiative has released a white paper on rights management.
The Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) has become an important foundation for interoperability among networked information systems. It is widely used in a variety of domains including libraries, museums, government, and research.

Like any vehicle for exchanging information, the OAI-PMH exists in a context where information holders have concerns about rights to the use of their information. Although the OAI-PMH is nominally about the exchange of metadata, this does not lessen the complexities of rights-related issues.


Changes in the size of the ISBN are coming.
The Book Industry Study Group last Thursday unanimously approved a policy statement that calls for the 13-digit Bookland EAN bar code to be the sole bar code for books and book-related products, effective January 1, 2005. At the same time, the group endorsed the expansion of ISBNs from 10 digits to 13, effective January 1, 2007.
More info at BISG.

Monday, September 29, 2003


Noticed the book, Amazon Hacks. Have to check it out and see if it generates ideas for OPAC hacks. LibraryLookup is great, but there must be more features we could provide our users. What will come out of Hackfest this year?