Friday, March 19, 2004

XHTML Friends Network

XFN (XHTML Friends Network) is a simple way to represent human relationships using hyperlinks. In recent years, blogs and blogrolls have become the fastest growing area of the Web. XFN enables web authors to indicate their relationship(s) to the people in their blogrolls simply by adding a 'rel' attribute to their "a href" tags, e.g.

Interesting concept. Just how useful would this be? I have a blogroll pointing to 'blogs I think are useful and related. Would specifying the relationship add any value?

SURA/ViDe Digital Video Workshop

For those who cannot attend the 6th annual SURA/ViDe Digital Video Workshop in Indianapolis in person next week (March 23-24), the workshop will be streamed live, compliments of the Internet2 Commons.

Streaming is set to include all main track presentations and breakout sessions. This will begin Tuesday morning, March 23, around 8:00 Eastern Standard Time and continue through the day until about 5:30 EST. Streaming will resume the second day, Wednesday, from about 8:00 to 4:30 EST.

Please go to the Internet2 Commons streaming page at those times to find the link to the live stream.

The workshop agenda covers a broad range of topics relating to digital video:

  • Digital video over IP
  • ViDeNet middleware for global IP video/voice conferencing
  • Collaborative directions for education, universities and public roadcasting
  • Digital video in library and archives
  • Collaborative digital video development
  • Data collaboration
  • MPEG4
  • International initiatives
  • Digital rights management
  • Session Initiation Protocol
  • K-12 applications
  • AccessGrid and multicasting
  • Extreme video
  • Accessibility

Thursday, March 18, 2004


The cover sheets for proposals and discussion papers presented at the Midwinter meetings of the MARC Advisory Committee have been updated with results of discussions.
  • Proposal No. 2004-01: Making Subfields $e, $f, and $g Repeatable in Field 260 of the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format.
  • Proposal No. 2004-02: Defining New Field Link Type Codes for Subfield $8 (Field link and sequence number) in the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Holdings Formats
  • Proposal No. 2004-03: Designating the Privacy of Fields 541, 561 and 583 in the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Holdings Formats
  • Proposal 2004-04: Definition of Field 258 (Philatelic Issue Data) in the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format
  • Discussion Paper 2004-DP01: Changes Needed to Accommodate RISM Data--Music Incipits
  • Discussion Paper 2004-DP02: Applying Field 752 (Added Entry-Hierarchical Place Name) for different purposes in the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format
  • Discussion Paper 2004-DP03: Changing the Mapping for the Double-Wide Diacritics from MARC8 to Unicode/UCS from the Unicode/UCS Half Diacritic Characters to the Unicode/UCS Double-Wide Diacritic Characters

Knowledge Organization Systems

The Journal of Digital Information has a special issue on New Applications of Knowledge Organization Systems. Articles inlcue:

Movers & Shakers

Library Journal's Movers & Shakers supplement has just arrived. I love this publication. It is inspiring and mind-blowing to see what colleagues are doing. So very many ways to be innovative. It is good to read about people I know of, like Steven Cohen and Jill Emery. But, it is even better to read about the work of people I know nothing about, making changes I've yet to hear of. Congratulations to everyone included in the issue.


The Library of Congress Comes Home by Kendall Grant Clark on is the start of a series on classification of a home collection. It has links to the major classification schemes. A view from the outside.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Library Services on the Treo 600

The Shifted Librarian is testing on-line library services on her Treo 600. She documents the problems using various databases and OPACs.


The OSI EPrints Handbook covers the following areas:
  • A Guide to Starting Self-Archiving for researchers who understand the issues and are ready to use the software.
  • A Guide to Self-Archiving and Open Access explaining the issues behind open access, and the need for self-archiving and e-print software.
  • Managing an EPrints Service for research administrators, heads of academic schools or service departments.
  • Installing an EPrints Server for system administrators.
Seen on eprintblog.

Frankfurt Draft Principles

The Russian translation of the "Frankfurt Draft Principles" have been posted on the IFLA website.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

MARC Code Lists

Additions to the MARC Code Lists for Relators, Sources, Description Conventions
Network Development and MARC Standards Office Library of Congress

The codes listed below have been recently approved for use in MARC 21 records. They include 2 other source codes. These new codes will be added to the online MARC Codes Lists for Relators, Sources, Description Conventions. The codes should not be used in exchange records until after June 16, 2004. This 60 day waiting period is required to provide MARC 21 implementers with time to include newly defined codes in any validation tables they may apply to the MARC fields where these codes are used.

MARC Other Sources


  • ukblsr (British Library Standard Record) (subfield $a in Bibliographic and Authority records in field 042) [use after June 16, 2004]
  • ukscp (UK Legal Deposit Libraries' Shared Cataloguing Programme Record) (subfield $a in Bibliographic and Authority records in field 042) [use after June 16, 2004]

Monday, March 15, 2004

Classification Web

This announcement from CDS:
You may have noticed recently the addition of a link for "Library of Congress OPAC (read-only)" on the Class Web OPAC page. This link was included for ALA Midwinter on an experimental basis and it connected to mirror version of the LC OPAC that is updated weekly.

CDS is happy to announce that as of today, March 15, 2004, this link is permanent and has been enhanced. It now connects to the live LC OPAC which is updated daily. It will still not be possible for LC staff to update cataloging records via this portal, so the display remains "read-only", but response time should be greatly increased and the currency of the data substantially improved.


Metadata Practices on the Cutting Edge is a NISO sponsored workshop held May 20, 2004 in Washington, DC.
Get the guidance you need on the growing variety of metadata standards and explore issues of interoperability. Topics in the spotlight -- from both theoretical and practical perspectives -- include metadata syndication, digital archiving, metadata quality assurance, the NISO/EDItEUR Joint Working Party initiative on serials and subscription metadata, METS, MODS, and more. Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC, will keynote; confirmed speakers include: Rebecca Guenther, Library of Congress; Chuck Koscher, CrossRef, Evan Owens, JSTOR, Howard Ratner, Nature Publishing Group; and Bruce Rosenblum, Inera, Inc. In addition, members of the NISO Standards Development Committee will discuss plans to support metadata interoperability through the development and coordination of standards and will share information about NISO's strategic planning initiative.