Friday, May 27, 2005

MARBI Papers

The following documents are available for review by the MARC 21 community:
  • Proposal No. 2005-07: Revision of Subfield $b in Field 041 in the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data.
  • Proposal No. 2005-08: Changes to Accommodate IAML Coded Data in Bibliographic Fields 008/18-19, 047 and 048.
Other proposals and discussion papers will be distributed shortly. A draft agenda for the meeting will be posted soon.

These papers will be discussed in a meeting of the MARC Advisory Committee on Saturday, June 25, 2005 and Sunday, June 26, 2005 in Chicago.

Serials Symposium

The 2nd Annual Serials Symposium sponsored by the University of Houston Libraries will be held Friday July 22 at MD Anderson Library. I attended last year and found it well worth the time, effort and cost.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Digital Rights

On May 18-19, 2005 NISO held an invitational meeting to explore the standards needed to support digital rights expression and management for scholarly and educational information. This event brought together a diverse group from across the information community including digital library specialists, attorneys, publishers and content aggregators, and technologists. The Workshop presentations are linked from the Agenda. The workshop Report and Recommendations will be posted in June.

Key outcomes included recommendations to:
  • Extend the Electronic Resources Management Initiative (ERMI) model to include non-licensed objects and communities in addition to libraries.
  • Create a standardized collection of rights "bundles" similar to the Creative Commons licenses.
  • Identify a core set of requirements for rights expression relevant to the NISO community.
  • Build a reference model for content providers, libraries and museums that includes a glossary of standardized terms for rights expression.
  • Launch a campaign to educate both users and practitioners about rights and permissions. A short-term goal will be to produce a freely available, basic reference document similar to NISO's Understanding Metadata.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005


I've just created a full-text RSS feed for the news from the Lunar and Planetary Institute library. Now you have a choice of either headlines or full-text. I'm using ListGarden to generate the feed.


The June issue (ALA issue) of the DDC22 Decimal Classification News is now available.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

FGDC Metadata Quick Guide

FGDC Don’t Duck Metadata: Metadata Quick Guide is a short reference guide for writing quality metadata that covers the Federal Geographic Data Committee standards. Revised March 1, 2005. I often hear that RDA borrowing from other standards will pollute the code with less precise usage. Anyone who thinks that should check out this code in full. We can learn from others and this group is one of them, I believe.

Collection-level Description schema

Collection descriptions: state of play by Ann Chapman describes the RSLP (Research Support Libraries Programme) Collection-level Description schema.
It is now easier than ever before for users to search for collections held by institutions, thanks to a metadata schema which helps describe collections in a consistent way. Ann Chapman highlights some of the databases which use it.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Preservation Metadata

The final products of the PREMIS Working Group are now available for download:

Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata: Final Report of the PREMIS Working Group (May 2005) (PDF:3.2MB/237pp.)

This publication includes the PREMIS Working Group Final Report, the Data Dictionary, and Examples. These sections are also available as separate documents:

  • PREMIS Data Dictionary, version 1.0 (PDF:2.1MB/101pp.)
    A data dictionary for core preservation metadata needed to support the long-term preservation of digital materials.
  • PREMIS Working Group Final Report (PDF:606K/53pp.)
    Provides information on the objectives of the PREMIS working group, discussions of particular semantic units and special topics, and a glossary.
  • Use of the Data Dictionary: PREMIS Examples (PDF:4.5MB/97pp.)
    Illustrates use of the PREMIS data dictionary for a number of digital materials and preservation contexts.