Friday, May 06, 2005


I'll soon be on vacation for a week. Most likely, there will be few or no postings until May 16. See you then.

Free Tagging in

I've just noticed something on, that it is possible to add tags together. For example New York City are each indexed separately. However, it is now possible to "and" these terms together New+York+City. This means it is possible to use more than one word as a descriptor and combine them during the search.

MARC Tag of the Month

The Follett MARC Tag of the Month for May is a MARC Record Sample Main Entry - Adapter. I would have changed the 650 Nonsense verses, English to a 655, but not a bad looking record. I'd also like some more info in 520 about the adaptation itself rather then the general description of the work.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Rights Expressions About Metadata

Implementation Guidelines for the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting Conveying rights expressions about metadata in the OAI-PMH framework Editors: Carl Lagoze, Herbert Van de Sompel, Michael Nelson, and Simeon Warner.
Data providers might want to associate rights expressions with the metadata to indicate how it may be used, shared, and modified after it has been harvested. This specification defines how rights information pertaining to the metadata should be included in responses to OAI-PMH requests.

OpenSearch RSS

The uses for RSS just keep on growing. OpenSearch RSS allows search results to be used by RSS tools.
OpenSearch RSS 1.0 is an extension to the RSS 2.0 standard, conforming to the guidelines for RSS extensibility as outlined by the RSS 2.0 specification. The intent is to provide a standard format for returning results for a search query. This extension is designed to be backward compatible with existing RSS readers.
We can open our catalogs using Z39.50, OAI, SRU/SRW. Here is another possible tool to make that content available to a wider community.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Index to Catalogablog

Off to the right on this Web site I've created an index to Catalogablog using and the tags. Let me know what you think about this. Yes, Steve, I know what you think about tagging your own material.

The links take you to a page at listing posts about the topic. Off to the right on that page it has links to related tags and the same tag applied by everybody. There is also a complete list of the tags I've used, the index only has those appearing most often. There is also an RSS feed for the page/index term.

RSS Compendium

The RSS Compendium is designed to link you to information about RSS readers, resources, tools, etc. Resources include:
  • RSS Directories
  • RSS Editors
  • RSS Feeds
  • RSS History
  • RSS Readers
  • RSS Resources
  • RSS Search
  • RSS Submission
  • RSS Validators
  • RSS Versions
  • RSS Non-English
  • RSS Bookshelf
  • RSS News Beta
Seen on Lorcan Dempsey's weblog.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005


I a few days our library staff are meeting to discuss our vision for the library. Here is what I have, am I missing anything?

Our clients are moving to desktop delivery. Journal and handbooks and manuals should be easily available to them electronically. They want desktop reference, IM, ILL and access to circulation information in the catalog is important. These folks need to hear our story and know what the library can do for them. Blogs, with RSS, e-mail, newsletters and meetings can all keep them informed.

The institute publishes volumes from meetings we sponsor. These should be available in XML format with XSLT stylesheets to convert them into any format the user prefers. They should be in an OAI repository. The papers published by our scientists, or at least the metadata, should be in an OAI repository. There should be an RSS feed for new items.

Remote users should be able to get in touch with us easily. We should have a Skype number for long-distance users. Offer IM reference and access to circulation information from the catalog. Other libraries use us, and for them we should offer Z39.50 (later SRU/SRW) and be open to metasearching. Our remote users need to also hear our story, and that can be done through weblogs with RSS.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Free Tagging Paper

The paper The New School of Ontologies by Nick Mote has some problems. He seems to be confused about different types of controlled vocabularies. He states "Instead of requiring that the contributor adapt to the ontology, folksonomies adapt the ontology to the contributors." Folksonomies are far from generating a thesaurus never mind an ontology. That is not to say they are not useful and have their place, I'd love to get one on our library catalog, but they will never have the structure of more sophisticated structures.

SLA Conference

Anyone going to be blogging SLA? How about a group 'blog? How about a common Flickr tag? Just wondering.

I received some useful responses to my question about Toronto a few days ago. The Bata Shoe Museum received a positive comment. The SLA Toronto Chapter has put together a web site for those attending the conference. Excellent museums: The Royal Ontario Museum, and adjacent Planetarium. The Ontario Science Center. Stroll along Bloor Street west of Spadina Ave. for an excellent variety of restaurants. Toronto has an excellent network of parks, if you like walking, thanks to the valleys that break up the escarpments. Take the subway to Victoria Park station. Or spend a day on Toronto Island (really an island chain): Take the harbour ferry to Wards Island, spend all day strolling around, return from the far end of the islands. If you want to go out of town, rent a car and drive northward about 100 miles to the Canadian shield, which starts at about Lake Huron. Algonquin Park is within a day's reach. The best general website for information about Toronto is

Thanks to all for the info.

My Meta Maker

My Meta Maker is a tool to markup Resources in Physics using the Dublin-Core-Standard.
This Form will help you to produce correct META-data as easily as possible. Fill in as many fields as you think are necessary to describe your document (paper, poster, collection etc.). With * marked fields are mandatory. The output of this script produces the html source for an index page describing your document. If you only need the metadata, just copy and paste the header of the output into your own document. Many search machines do understand the produced META-data.
I'm not sure how many search engines do understand the metadata. Still, this is a handy tool to create a database or listing describing papers. It provides for PACs Classification and Mathematics Subject Classification. Other than that, it would work for many topics.

Seen at Open Access News.