Saturday, September 17, 2005

Free MARC Tools

I've posted an MP3 of my talk, Free MARC Tools, to be given at the TLA District 8 Fall Meeting, October 1. It is also available as a torrent, if anyone is using BitTorrent. If you listen, I'd like to hear any suggestions for improvement. The an earlier transcript is still available. Thanks.

Friday, September 16, 2005


A new product from the Lunar and Planetary Iinstitute, MPOW, the DVD and resource guide SkyTellers.
Often our learning process begins with "the facts". We are not engaged and motivated to want to know about our Universe. We are not encouraged to be curious. Instead, we are given answers to questions we have not asked. In the process of being bombarded with seemingly unrelated facts, we often are led away from the real wonders of our universe and left with an impoverished view of it.

SkyTellers addresses this issue, and seeks to reveal that science is not a static, dull body of knowledge to be mastered, but, instead, is a continuing voyage of discovery motivated by wonder and a playful curiosity. The old and the new stories work together to excite the listener about subjects explored in science and the place of humankind in science endeavors.

Planetariums, science centers, libraries, schools, and other institutions are invited to order the SkyTellers DVD and Resource Guide.

One Book Many Formats: The Magic of Multimedia

Wednesday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

One Book, Many Formats: The Magic of Multimedia

Audio books in all formats are currently a red hot technology in libraries, the general consumer market, and for the visually impaired. Soon libraries will be able to offer other exciting new medias on the Internet, including video on demand and ebooks with interactive audio and video. We will explore all the exciting new formats for ebooks and audiobooks which create a personal and customized reading experience for all those who have trouble with regular print because of a visual, physical, or learning disabilities. Books in these new formats also benefit and make reading more fun for children and adults who have trouble reading, who are learning English as a second language, or who just want to listen to audiobooks for entertainment.

Join us for the second Annual Audio Ebook Expo to be held in East Peoria at the Alliance Library System on Wednesday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. You will hear from a variety of experts in the field and get the wonderful opportunity to experience these new technologies. The workshop is sponsored by the Alliance Library System, Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center, and the Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service. The workshop will also be broadcast online for people who wish to attend the programs from their desktops.

Speakers include Geoff Freed, WGBH; Tom Peters, TAP Information Services; Steve Potash, OverDrive; Judy Dixon, Library of Congress/NLS; Paul Cappuzzello, OCLC; Bill Harroff, McKendree College; Charlotte Johnson, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville; Nancy Gilfillan, consultant; and Sharon Ruda, Director, Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service.

More information on the program can be found at the event website. Cost to attend the in-person event is $10 for a cost recovery lunch. There is no cost to attend online or for talking book readers. To register for the in-person event, please go to CLEO or you can also register for the in-person or online

To attend online, go to the OPAL auditorium type your name and click enter. A small software applet will download to your machine as you go into the online room.

One question I doubt will be discussed but one we should consider is how are we going to provide access to these?

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Folksonomies @ the Museum

Social Terminology Enhancement through Vernacular Engagement: Exploring Collaborative Annotation to Encourage Interaction with Museum Collections by David Bearman and Jennifer Trant appears in the latest D-Lib Magazine.
Collaborative Web tools may be valuable both to create distributed knowledge and to build virtual communities, two objectives that are becoming increasingly important to museums as they seek to engage an on-line community (Hammond, Hannay et al. 2005, Lund, Hammond et al. 2005). Although each is used in a different way, "social tagging" applications such as the ESP game, Flickr and, and aggregating environments like technorati, suggest ways to entice the broad public to engage with museum content.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Free MARC Tools

I've posted a transcript of my upcoming talk at the TLA District 8 Conference, Free MARC Tools. It is a working version at the present. When it gets a bit better I'll record it and post the MP3. I'd welcome any comments at this point. Anything I'm overlooking?


Congratulations to Dorothea Salo of Caveat Lector for receiving the Beyond Bree Award. It was announced at Tolkien 2005 in Birmingham, England, in August 2005.
The "Beyond Bree" Award is given "In recognition of outstanding contribution to the study of JRR Tolkien, from the Readers of 'Beyond Bree'". The Award is a handsome framed certificate signed by "Beyond Bree" members.
Douglas Anderson, another librarian also received the award.

MARC Tag of the Month

This month the Follett MARC Tag of the Month is a MARC Record Sample -- More than 3 authors (Book). Maybe they could have picked a better example. It looks like Enloe, C. Lon should be a main entry. Maybe he was an editor, but that information is missing from the statement of responsibility.

Canadian Metadata Forum 2005

The proceedings of the Canadian Metadata Forum 2005 will be broadcast live on September 27 and 28, 2005. The software RealPlayer must be installed on your computer in order to receive the webcast.

I'm not sure if the entire program will be webcast but here is the program. Looks very good.

Tuesday, September 27

Metadata Demystified
Karen Morgenroth, Data Management Coordinator, CISTI, National Research Council Canada
Metadata still a mystery? Sit in on this one-hour primer and take a fresh look at (or refresher on) the basics.

Welcome and opening remarks
Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada

Keynote Address
Michael Gorman, president of the American Library Association, Dean of Library Services at the Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno.

Death of Metadata
Jeffrey Beall, Library, University of Colorado at Denver
Is metadata dead, or has word of its death been greatly exaggerated? The author of the article "Dublin Core: An Obituary" tells it as he sees it.

Metadata vs. Full-Text Search Engines
Denise Bedford, World Bank
The question is no longer full-text versus catalogue-type searching; the question is how and when you will implement semantic searching to promote interoperability.

Exploiting Metadata
Panellists: Linda Jackman, Consultant, Sierra Systems and Pierre Dumouchel, Vice-President Scientifique, Centre de Recherche Informatique de Montreal (CRIM)
Discover how metadata can be a powerful tool for managing information for the Canadian Military History Gateway and the Centre de recherche informatique de Montreal.

Controlled Vocabulary and "Folksonomies"
Louise Spiteri, School of Information Management, Dalhousie University
Are folksonomies fundamentally chaotic and imprecise, or supremely responsive to user needs and vocabularies? Are they a revolution of self-organization on the Internet, or mob indexing at its worst?

Wednesday, September 28

Workshop A: Costing Models for Metadata
Pierre Dulude, Canadian Culture Online, Department of Canadian Heritage and David McCallum, IM Consultant
Management decision-making for metadata implementation. When and where should you put your financial and human resources?

Workshop B: Application Profiles
Marie-Claude Cote and Margaret Devey, Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat
Explore the challenges of application profiles. What is their role in information exchange?

Workshop C: Categorization-In-The-Box: What's It All About?
Facilitator: Linda Farmer, Consultant, Second Knowledge Solutions (K2s)
What can the tools do for us?

Standards - It's a Jungle Out There!
Facilitator: James Turner, Ecole de la bibliotheconomie et des sciences de l'information (EBSI)

Archival standards: Wendy Duff, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
Multimedia standards: Alex Eykelhof, Bibliocentre
Records Management standards: Sue Franklin, Government Information Management Office, LAC
Museum documentation: Francoise Simard, Reseau Info-Muse, Societe des musees quebecois
Technical standards: Cecil Somerton, Information Management Strategies, Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat
Bibliographic standards: Marg Stewart, Intellectual Management Office, LAC
Panel discussion on using standards in a variety of domains. Here is your opportunity to influence the program. When you register, submit your burning questions for discussion by our panel of experts.

Convergence and Extensibility in the Metadata Domain
Facilitator: Greg Renaud, Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat

Convergence: Maryann Welke, Management Board Secretariat, Province of Ontario; Fay Turner Government of Canada Clusters & Gateways; John Roberts, National Archives of New Zealand and chair, Dublin Core GOV Working Group
Provincial, federal and international perspectives on the benefits of interoperable information-sharing standards

Extensibility: Mark Jordan, Simon Fraser University and Guy St-Onge, Radio-Canada
Extending a common-core standard to apply it to a domain- (academic) or format- (multimedia) specific implementation.

Closing Session
Dr. Chad Gaffield, Professor, History Department, University of Ottawa

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Library Podcasting

Has anyone created an OPML file for library podcasts?

Institutional Repositories

The Convergence of Digital-Libraries and the Peer-Review Process by Marko A. Rodriguez, Johan Bollen, and Herbert Van de Sompel is due to appear in Journal of Information Science.
Pre-print repositories have seen a significant increase in use over the past fifteen years across multiple research domains. Researchers are beginning to develop applications capable of using these repositories to assist the scientific community above and beyond the pure dissemination of information. The contribution set forth by this paper emphasizes a deconstructed publication model in which the peer-review process is mediated by an OAI-PMH peer-review service. This peer-review service uses a social-network algorithm to determine potential reviewers for a submitted manuscript and for weighting the relative influence of each participating reviewer's evaluations. This paper also suggests a set of peer-review specific metadata tags that can accompany a pre-print's existing metadata record. The combinations of these contributions provide a unique repository-centric peer-review model that fits within the widely deployed OAI-PMH framework.


BitTorrent is an often neglected or maligned P2P service. It is often characterized as a place to share illegal copies of movies and music. However, the tool is very useful in distributing large files to large numbers of people. I've often thought MPOW should distribute new sections of our Lunar Atlases as torrents. When we put new collections of images or maps up, our server is struggling to cope with the requests. Vendors could distribute updates to their software as a torrent. Later this week or over the weekend I'll be posting a trial run of my presentation on Free MARC Tools on both OurMedia as an MP3 and Prodigem as a torrent.

Now Prodigem has made this announcement, that may make BitTorrent more mainstream

We've launched the Prodigem BitTorrent API. You can now easily add BitTorrent capabilities to any web based or web capable application and let Prodigem take care of all the creation, seeding and management of your torrents. If you're not familiar with what an API is, it basically means that Prodigem is now providing a way for external software coders out there to build in all of the features of Prodigem directly into the software and web-services they maintain by just relying on Prodigem to do all of the heavy lifting. Our API implementation is REST based.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Connotea Code Version 1.5 Released

The latest version of Connotea Code, the open source release of the software that runs Connotea, is out. This version contains all the new features developed for Connotea over the past few months. Connotea is a free online reference management service for scientists created by Nature Publishing Group.

New features in version 1.5:
  • RIS Export
  • Private Bookmarks
  • User Groups
  • RIS and Firefox Bookmarks Import
  • DOI Bookmarking
  • OpenURL Links
  • Tag Notes
  • Geotagging

RDFLib Python Libraries

I keep looking for a good tool, one that will make working with the Resource Description Framework easier. (I'm also looking for one for topic maps) Something like MARC Magician or would be nice. RDFLib Python libraries is something that deserves a look.
The first time I tried the RDFLib Python libraries, the lightbulb finally flashed on. RDFLib lets you generate, store, and query RDF triples without requiring you to ever deal directly with the dreaded RDF/XML syntax. And you can do all this with a minimal knowledge of Python.
Seem on Lars Trieloff's Weblog on Software Documentation.