Friday, November 07, 2003

Open Source

The latest issue of WebJunction focuses on OS. The articles include:
  • New Zealand Leads the Way: the Horowhenua Open Source Story by Rosalie Blake and Rachel Hamilton-Williams
  • Open Source Software in the Meadville Public Library by Cindy Murdock
  • Nelsonville Public Library: Questions and Answers About Open Source by Stephen Hedges
  • A Public/Academic Open Source Partnership: the Windsor Internet Booking System by Art Rhyno
  • What is Open Source Software? by Ed Sargent
  • Open Source Application Primer by Eric Lease Morgan
  • Open Source Library Systems: Getting Started by Dan Chudnov

Thursday, November 06, 2003

Next week

Next week I'll be supporting my wife at the AOSA Conference. She has 4 sessions to lead, recording another for publication, running for office, and introducing speakers. I'll be Mr. Cora Bigwood. Postings will be infrequent or non-existent for the week.

If someone would like to be a guest poster for the week just let me know. I'll set you up with the permissions.


Ontology Development 101: A Guide to Creating Your First Ontology by Natalya F. Noy and Deborah L. McGuinness.
In this guide, we have described an ontology-development methodology for declarative frame-based systems. We listed the steps in the ontology-development process and addressed the complex issues of defining class hierarchies and properties of classes and instances. However, after following all the rules and suggestions, one of the most important things to remember is the following: there is no single correct ontology for any domain. Ontology design is a creative process and no two ontologies designed by different people would be the same. The potential applications of the ontology and the designer’s understanding and view of the domain will undoubtedly affect ontology design choices. "The proof is in the pudding" --we can assess the quality of our ontology only by using it in applications for which we designed it.

MARC Tag of the Month

The MARC Tag of the Month for November is a MARC Record Sample -- Sound Recording (Cassette). Other sample MARC records include:
  • DVD
  • Electronic Resource CD-ROM
  • Video-Cassette
  • Sound Recording -- CD
  • Electronic Resource Web Site
  • Realia (AV Equipment)

Wednesday, November 05, 2003


The post on JSTOR is an experiment. I just wanted to see how the Blam! service works. Looks fine to me, let me know if you experience any problems.

Maybe this would be a good tie-in with the Librarians Book Club. Comments on the books could be made available to a larger audience that way.


Roger C. Schonfeld: JSTOR: A History

JSTOR: A HistoryDetailed history of this important non-profit on-line resource. It provides a fascinating look at the birth, growth and current stability of JSTOR.


The next issue of Blognews will feature library 'blogs. I sent that in as a suggestion and they went with it. I'll mention it again when it comes out.


Review (RVW) Module for RSS 2.0 provides a metadata structure for reviews (movie, restaurant, etc.) within 'blogs.
This specification defines the Review (RVW) Module for the RSS 2.0 syndication format. RVW is intended to allow machine-readable reviews to be integrated into an RSS feed, thus allowing reviews to be automatically compiled from distributed sources.
The interesting thing is it uses the RDF structure and Dublin Core for many of the fields. Looks very library like. The blogging tool Blogware provides native support for the standard. Movable Type has a plugin. Blam! is an on-line service built on the standard. Seems some folks see the value of cataloging, even if they call it something else.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Open Source ILS

As part of a report that I am developing on library automation systems, I am interested in knowing more about the current state of Koha and other Open Source projects. I need to document the number of libraries that use an Open Source ILS in their production environment. If you currently use an Open Source ILS or plan to do so in the near future in your library, please let me know. When I have made such inquires in the past I received very few responses. In order to make a realistic assessment of Open Source in this area, it is important that I hear from you.

Contact Marshall Breeding. Posted with permission.

Book Club

This month, November, the selection in the Librarian's Book Club is one for classifiers, Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences.


Can XML Drive Taxonomies and Categorization? by Bill Trippe.
Content management technology is almost de rigueur now in medium and large organizations, and along with it the problems of information overload. As a result, taxonomy development is now viewed as a core business issue. As practitioners like The Cadence Group's Baker explains, organizations are well aware of how much time is spent locating information. Making the process work better affects both the bottom and top line directly. To this end, taxonomy tools represent one area of software that continues to show significant growth. Nathaniel Palmer, vice president and chief analyst of Boston's Delphi Group, expects the market for taxonomy tools "to grow to $386M in 2004 from its current level of $270M for 2003 (and up from $228M in 2002)."
Seen at Column Two.

Metadata Trends

Developments in Cataloging and Metadata by Shirley Hyatt, an e-print version of an article forthcoming as a chapter in International Yearbook of Library and Information Management (Facet Publishing).
This chapter examines some of the transformations occurring in the metadata environment that are impacting libraries, collection managers, and online information providers. After a brief synopsis of some legacy issues, I discuss a few of the trends that are near-future givens. These include growth in the shared networked space and proliferation and movement of communities using that space; an emphasis on simplification; a renewed interest in and ability for collocation; and an increase in modularity and recombination of metadata. I close with a high level overview of research that OCLC is presently exploring related to these trends.

Monday, November 03, 2003


Denton, William. "Putting Facets on the Web: An Annotated Bibliography" Oct. 2003.
There are five sections: Recommended, Background, Not Relevant, Example Web Sites, and Mailing Lists. Background material is either introductory, advanced, or of peripheral interest, and can be read after the Recommended resources if the reader wants to know more. The Not Relevant category contains articles that may appear in bibliographies but are not relevant for my purposes.
William is in the habit of putting his papers on-line and I find many of them interesting. Once he graduates I hope he continues to publish.


Join Executive Director of the ACLU, Anthony D. Romero Tuesday, November 4th for a live online audio chat.

The chat will center on the two-year-old USA PATRIOT Act and the movement to fix that Act and other excesses of President Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Anthony will take questions about where we've come as a nation since passage of the PATRIOT Act in October of 2001 and what it will take to repeal the civil liberties violations of the Bush Administration in the name of 'war on terror.' We encourage questions about any aspect of the USA PATRIOT Act as well as other policies that have eroded our civil liberties.

The chat will take place this Tuesday, November 4th from 3:30 - 4:00 pm (ET)

Use this link to submit a question for possible inclusion among those that will be answered during the chat.

National Transportation Library

The National Transportation Library is in danger of not being funded. To help, use these resources.

OpenURL and Metasearch

The NISO workshops The Next Generation of Access: OpenURL and Metasearch have concluded and presentation materials are available. Just PowerPoint slides but they may be useful.

Conferences should be investigating alternatives to .ppt. The Texas library conference is available on CDs in MP3 format. OCLC and LC have made streaming video available for some recent presentations. Dynix has some good presentations on-line. The Maricopa Center for learning and instructions has slide/voice presentations available. I'd even be happy to see the text or handouts from the talk, slides just don't convey enough, IMHO.