Saturday, January 17, 2004


Jan. 21-22, 2004
What is RSS WinterFest?
RSS WinterFest is a Webcast on Jan. 21-22 that will look at RSS and Internet content syndication. The Webcast is free to attend. We will do eight sessions, four each day. People can attend any session. They can attend one session or go to them all. Each session is 45 minutes with 15 minutes of Q&A.. The sessions start at 8:30 a.m PST and run through 1 p.m. PST.

What will be covered?
Day 1 will focus on technology and applications for RSS. The Webcast will start with Dave and be followed by sessions that will look at RSS, Atom and the future of Internet content syndication. A case study from Traction Software will explore how the Justice Department is using enterprise content syndication for communicating with law enforcement agencies. Day 2 will look at the business applications and cover topics such as enterprise content syndication, RSS and advertising, and what exactly are the business opportunities with these technologies.

How do I participate?
Register online. You may also register at the RSSWinterFest web site.

What software do I need?
You need a Windows Media or Real Player. All the content will be streamed. We will post slides for people to view when it makes sense.

How will people participate?
This is where it gets fun. We will have a live wiki with an RSS feed where people can post, network, etc. We will aggregate Weblogs to post what people are saying about what is presented, what the speakers are discussing and what people are commenting about in the wiki or on the RSS-User group list.

How will the Webcast get integrated into a Weblog?
We will transcribe each session, down to the finest points of granularity possible, and post it to a Weblog with an index and search engine capabilities.The Weblog will have an RSS feed. Each session will be transcribed. The knowledge base will grow after session, allowing people to get a comprehensive look at what transpired. After RSS WinterFest we will edit the Weblog, add content, and keep it ongoing.

Friday, January 16, 2004


An updated version of the FRBR bibliography is now available.


Identifiers and Identification Systems: An Informational Look at Policies and Roles from a Library Perspective by Giuseppe Vitiello appears in D-Lib Magazine January 2004, v. 10, no. 1.
Over the last decade, ISs have increased not only in number but also in importance. ISs are now a significant element of any information policy in so far as they are instrumental to, and the facilitator of, bibliographic control, search and retrieval, resource discovery, information management and rights management.


If the ISSN is to become fully operative in the networked environment by becoming actionable, persistent and interoperable, its overhaul must become a priority. And if the library community wishes to have the dominant role in the standardisation of identification systems and networked information processes, it needs to become more active in those realms.

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Canadian Metadata Forum

Presentations from the Canadian Metadata Forum are available on-line. Lots of interesting looking material here. Unfortunately, I can't focus on longer pieces at the moment between the pain and pain killers.

Seen on Resource Shelf.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

ISBD Database

The ISBDdb is an interesting project. As a Web service it could prove very useful. gets the data in a unique way - it scans libraries all across the world for book information. The scanning is random and similar in a way to how general purpose web search engines scan web sites. Scanned results are then parsed and stored in a searchable and browseable database that you see here on An attempt is made at cross-indexing the database by author, publisher, category and so on. Cross indexing is still a work in progress and is likely to improve as the time goes on.

For each book you can see records received for it from different libraries, you can download original MARC record for the book as it was returned by the library.

Another interesting feature of the web site is grouping by Dewey Decimal System's first number, which most libraries use as shelf markers. We are still working on adding more granularity to it, but even in its current form the Library Shelves category is a quite useful feature for both finding similar books and for orientation in physical libraries.

How can I use book data on my site?

We are working on a toolkit that will allow to use as a web service, ready to be integrated into other web sites and applications. As originally promised, we plan to let individuals use the service for free. Likely, there going to be a limit on the number of free queries per day (or other period of time).

Stay tuned for updates, better yet -- subscribe to the news RSS feed.

Monday, January 12, 2004

Nominate a Pioneer for EFF's 2004 Pioneer Awards

Let's get some librarians nominated. How about Rory Litwin of Library Juice? The folks responsible for ListenIllinois? How about ....

EFF established the Pioneer Awards to recognize leaders on the electronic frontier who are extending freedom and innovation in the realm of information technology. This is your opportunity to nominate a deserving individual or group to receive a Pioneer Award for 2004.

The International Pioneer Awards nominations are open both to individuals and organizations from any country.

All nominations are reviewed by a panel of judges chosen for their knowledge of the technical, legal, and social issues associated with information technology.

This year's award ceremony will be held in Berkeley, California, in conjunction with the Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference (CFP), which takes place in mid-April.

How to Nominate Someone for a 2004 Pioneer Award:

You may send as many nominations as you wish, but please use one email per nomination. Please submit your entries via email to We will accept nominations until February 1, 2004.

Simply tell us:

  1. The name of the nominee,
  2. the phone number or email address at which the nominee can be reached, and, most importantly,
  3. why you feel the nominee deserves the award.
Nominee Criteria:

There are no specific categories for the EFF Pioneer Awards, but the following guidelines apply:

  1. The nominees must have contributed substantially to the health, growth, accessibility, or freedom of computer-based communications.
  2. The contribution may be technical, social, economic, or cultural.
  3. Nominations may be of individuals, systems, or organizations in the private or public sectors.
  4. Nominations are open to all (other than current members of EFF's staff and board or this year's award judges), and you may nominate more than one recipient. You may also nominate yourself or your organization.
  5. To be valid, all nominations must contain your reason, however brief, for nominating the individual or organization and a means of contacting the nominee. In addition, while anonymous nominations will be accepted, ideally we'd like to contact the nominating parties in case we need further information.
  6. Persons or representatives of organizations receiving an EFF Pioneer Award will be invited to attend the ceremony at EFF's expense.
Nominate a Pioneer:

EFF Pioneer Awards