Friday, September 10, 2004

IFLA Meeting

Comments are desired on the results of the 2nd IFLA Meeting of Experts on an International Cataloguing Code (IME ICC2). The goal of the meeting was to further the work on Goal no.1 of the 2004-2005 Strategic Plan of the Cataloguing Section: "to promote the development of an international cataloguing code for bibliographic description and access."

The objective of the meeting was to "review and update the 2003 draft Statement of Principles developed at the European meeting, to discuss cataloguing codes currently in use in Latin America to compare their similarities and differences to see if we can get closer together and perhaps develop an International Cataloguing Code."

The IME ICC2 website has a summary report of the meeting's activities by Barbara Tillett, chair of the IME ICC2 Planning Committee and Chair, IFLA Division IV: Bibliographic Control.

The recommendations of the conference's five working groups (Working Group 1 was broken up into 2 groups: an English-language group and a Spanish-language group) are also posted in fuller form on the website and can be reached through the "Report of recommendations" link under each group. The reports should be read in the context of the draft statement itself.

Seen on AUTOCAT. This is important stuff. Read, think, discuss.


Reengineering a National Resource Discovery Service: MODS Down Under by Roxanne Missingham appears in the latest issue of D-Lib Magazine.
Australian libraries have shared resources and records for over two decades through Kinetica, a service provided by the National Library of Australia. While this service has broadly met the needs of its users, comprising over 1000 Australian libraries, the Library is reengineering the service, using MODS (Metadata Object Description Schema) to improve coverage of online publications and records from specialist collections. This article describes the use of MODS to transform records for digital resources into MARC records for resource discovery.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

MARC Tag of the Month

At Follett, this month, the MARC Tag of the Month is a sample record for a Author Main Entry with Uniform Title One comment, shouldn't the 650 Fantasy be a 655?

Wednesday, September 08, 2004


Using literary warrant to define a version of the DDC for automated classification services by Vizine-Goetz and Julianne Beall discusses:
the results of an exploratory study to determine literary warrant for topics in electronic resources. The classification numbers in Abridged Edition 14 were used as a starting point. Using the principles of abridgment and expansion in Dewey, a version of the DDC is defined that accommodates the topics found on three diverse web sites that use Dewey: BUBL, Canadian Information By Subject, and KidsClick! The resulting classes are used to create a database for automated classification of web resources.
Seen on ResourceShelf.


The busniess community has an interest in metadata. Here is one of their efforts:
The future of automated data, application and process integration: The Universal Data Element Framework (UDEF) is a cross-industry metadata identification strategy designed to facilitate convergence and interoperability among e-business and other standards. The objective of the UDEF is to provide a means of real-time identification for semantic equivalency, as an attribute to data elements within e-business document and integration formats.

Place Names

The authority for place names in the UK is the Ordnance Survey. It is easy to get in the habit of checking GeoNet and forgetting the exceptions.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004


Announced on the ERIL-L mail list.

I would like to announce the availability of cufts2marc, a web-based utility for generatng title-level USMARC bibliographic records for the ejournal collections described in the CUFTS link resolver knowledgebase. CUFTS, which contains current title lists for approximately 240 ejournal collections, is part of the reSearcher suite of open source tools for locating and managing electronic information resources, developed at Simon Fraser University on behalf of the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries.

Records produced by cufts2marc include the following: vendor-provided title, print ISSN, E-ISSN, title-level URLs, extent information, and embargo periods. Users can also add a number of optional control and note fields. The records do not include alternative titles, publisher, call numbers, or subject headings.

cufts2marc is based on jake2marc, which was released in mid 2000 but which has not been updated since late 2001. At that time, a number of people made useful suggestions on how to improve jake2marc, and these suggestions have been incorporated into cufts2marc.


Why Dewey's Decimal System is prejudiced appears in the latest JOHO, Journal of the Hyperlinked Organization. This is a personal newsletter from David Weinberger. (Thanks to the commenter for clearing up the person responsible.) He is the author of The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual and Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web
This highlights two ways our taxonomies are changing now that we're shaking off the physical and moving to the electronic. First, the physical world is so hard to change that a taxonomy that's offensive in its inherent values - and all taxonomies have values baked into them - may be worth maintaining simply because no taxonomy is worse than an offensive taxonomy. Second, the most important job of the new generation of librarians is to build into information objects sufficient metadata that any organization can create its own taxonomy. Taxonomies are tools, so there's no such thing as the One Right Taxonomy, just as can-openers aren't more right than asphalt spreaders. By building in sufficient metadata - no easy task - diverse groups now and forever can build taxonomies that suit their needs.
Folks other than librarians are considering the organization of information.


Old news, but new to me via an announcement on Perl4Lib, a new version of ParaTools is available.
ParaTools is a set of Perl modules for parsing citations (the references at the end of papers). It's main library uses a template-matching technique to extract metadata from citations, while secondary libraries provide support for OpenURLs and reference extraction from documents.
The latest update to ParaTools, version 1.10, has been released. This version has some major changes:
  • Module renaming: The ParaTools modules have been renamed to Biblio::Citation::Parser and Biblio::Document::Parser. This is to allow for the addition of ParaTools to CPAN, the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network.
  • Two new modules have been added - Biblio::Citation::Parser::Citebase and Biblio::Document::Parser::Brody. Both written by Tim Brody, the former is based on the Citebase citation parser, and the latter on its document parser.
  • The ParaTools build process now uses Module::Build, a replacement for ExtUtils::MakeMaker that is written in pure Perl. This is a fairly new system, so may require that you install the Module::Build module. The automated CPAN installer does not yet support this, although CPANPLUS does, and the next version will include a fallback option.
You can download the ParaTools modules from CPAN