Friday, December 09, 2005

Free Tagging

I've added a tool to the side bar that allows free tagging. Currently it is only for the page. When I get some free time I'll see if I can tweak the code a bit so that it can be used for each post.

I've been adding tags for each post in Technorati and Delicious for a while. But like Flickr, that is only sharing my personal tags. The real power of social tagging comes when others add their tags. The Wisdom of Crowds.


I was just looking at some data about visitors to this site from Google Analytics. Almost 30% of the visitors use Firefox. If you toss in Mozillia and Netscape it is well over 30%. I've seen recently that on the net in the figure is about 8%. As a profession we are well ahead of the curve.

Role Properties for Dublin Core

The DCMI Usage Board, together with the Network Development and MARC Standards Office of the Library of Congress, have announced the availability of a sub-set of MARC Relator terms as role properties which refine the "agent" elements of Dublin Core (Creator, Contributor, and Publisher). The use of MARC Relator terms will allow designers of Dublin-Core-based metadata applications to distinguish between different types of Contributor, such as Illustrator or Translator (see guidelines). For more information see MARC Relator terms and Dublin Core.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

To Be Read

Here is another book to add to my "to be read" list, Open Sources 2.0.The description from O'Riley:
For software developers: essays on practices and methodology from leading open source developers like Jeremy Allison and Ben Laurie -For business executives: analyses of business strategies from Sleepycat co-founder and CEO Michael Olson, and Open Source Business Conference founder Matt Asay -From China, Europe, India, and Brazil: descriptions of the developing world's efforts to use open source to take control of its high tech destiny -Learn how the growing impact of this model on all forms of online collaboration is fundamentally challenging our notion of community -Discover what the future holds from veteran open source commentators Tim O'Reilly, Doc Searls, Steven Weber and Sonali Shah -Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger and Slashdot co-founder Jeff Bates provide frontline views of functioning, flourishing online collaborative communities.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

DLF MODS Implementation Guidelines

The Digital Library Federation’s Aquifer Initiative invites public review and comment on the DLF MODS Implementation Guidelines for Cultural Heritage Materials.

The primary goal of the Digital Library Federation’s Aquifer Initiative is to enable distributed content to be used effectively by libraries and scholars for teaching, learning, and research. The provision of rich, shareable metadata for this distributed content is an important step towards this goal. To this end, the Metadata Working Group of the DLF Aquifer Initiative has developed a set of implementation guidelines for the Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS). These guidelines are meant specifically for metadata records that are to be shared (whether by the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting or other means) and that describe digital cultural heritage and humanities-based resources.

In order to ensure the Implementation Guidelines are useful and coherent, they are collecting comments and feedback from the wider digital library community. They appreciate any and all comments, feedback, and questions. These may be sent to The deadline for comments and review is January 20, 2006.

How to Catalog Your Masonic Library

The How to Catalog Your Masonic Library Web site consists of images of pages from the book Classification of the Literature of Freemasonry and Related Societies by William L. Boyden (1991). The system owes something to the Dewey Classification.

Seen on the LITA e-mail list.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Greater Clear Lake Texas Area

I've won four books in a drawing by Library Journal. If any library or reader (preference given to libraries) would like them just drop me a line.

Ontology of Folksonomy

From Ontology of Folksonomy: A Mash-up of Apples and Oranges by Tom Gruber:
a group of people from the tagging community are beginning to work on a common ontology for tagging - the TagOntology. (Note: this is not about developing a common folksonomy - a common set of words to use when tagging. For example, the ontology will not include terms for labeling documents as about science or business; it will not be for modeling particular domains such as geography or photography.) The TagOntology is about identifying and formalizing a conceptualization of the activity of tagging, and building technology that commits to the ontology at the semantic level. The community is also working on enabling infrastructure at the levels of formats, data models, and APIs. The larger approach is to create a coherent stack from conception to implementation that fosters innovation at all levels.

News Markup Language

It is now five years since the completion of the NewsML standard and the International Press Telecommunications Council is working on NewsML 2. In November 2004 they published the Requirements for NewsML 2 and are now announcing the publication of the first public Working Drafts of:
  • the NewsML 2 Architecture Model
  • the NewsML 2 Architecture Technical Specification
They welcome comments on these documents and will study them carefully though they do not have the resources to provide feedback on each comment received.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Cataloging Cartographic Materials

Where Do I Start? A Cartographic Cataloguing Code by Williams, Paula appears in The Cartographic Journal, v. 42, no. 3 (December 2005) pp. 227-230.
The cataloguing C.O.D.E. given is intended as an aide-memoire for any librarian or curator faced with cataloguing maps. It raises questions which should be considered when cataloguing maps, including the most basic: why catalogue?, what is cataloguing?, and what should the catalogue record include? Suggestions for answers are given in discussions about the nature of cartographic materials, cartographic intellectual ownership, titles, and physical and mathematical descriptions. The needs of the reader are considered in the degree of detail required to make a useful catalogue record.

Catalogablog Now has a Favicon

I've added a favicon to this site. Very easy to create. There are on-line tools to guide the creation. If you already have a logo, why not go ahead and create a favicon for your site? Total time to create and add some coding less than 1/2 an hour. It will give you site a bit more presence and a slightly more professional look.

Cataloging E-Journals

The Bridge Consortium: Carleton College & St. Olaf College Libraries has made available the responses to a survey they conducted on Cataloging E-Journals in OPAC. This is a 13 page Word document.
To gain insight into how other libraries are dealing with the questions about how best to make e-journal access clear and easy for their patrons to negotiate, SWG sent a survey to several discussion lists Oct 21-24, 2005. In particular, we were interested in the question of whether or not libraries that were using an open-URL resolver and A-Z list were also cataloging e-journals for their OPAC.

We asked six questions (one with 3 parts). We posted our survey on innopacusers, obegroup, serialst and autocat. By Nov 16, we had received 22 responses. Library types included 12 private colleges & universities, 5 state colleges/universities, 4 science/health sciences libraries and 1 academic library consortium.

The questions and responses from each library are compiled below. The text of the email survey we sent follows the compiled responses to each question.