Friday, January 27, 2006


Some news from MyLibrary.
We have created an additional MyLibrary end-user interface that will be distributed with the Perl modules:

The interface supports browse by facet and term, as well as search. The administrative interface allows you to add facets, terms, location types, and resources. It then provides the means to index the whole thing and make it accessible via SRU. The back-end can export the content of the database and make it available as an OAI data repository.
I have written a MyLibrary tutorial describing how to take advantage of version 3.0's object-oriented modules:

By the end of the tutorial the reader should be able to: create sets of facets, create sets of terms, create sets of librarians, create sets of location types, create sets of resources, classify librarians and resources with terms, work with sets of resources assoicated with particular sets of terms, output the resources' titles, descriptions and locations, create a freetext index of MyLibrary content, harvest OAI repositories and cache the content in a MyLibrary database.

ETD 2006

The 9th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations will be held in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, June 7 - 10, 2006.
Under the general theme Unlocking Scholarly Access: ETDs, Institional Repositories and Creators, ETD 2006 is organized around three sub-themes: open access / open source, intellectual property and institutional repositories and ETDs. Since they began in the 1990's, electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) have been associated with the idea of unlocking access to scholarly publications. One of the goals of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), since its inception in 1997, has been "for universities to learn how to unlock the potential of their intellectual property and productions" ( UNESCO, which is mandated by its Constitution to ensure a "free exchange of ideas and knowledge", has strengthened this idea with its project to develop an international framework for the creation of ETDs.


I've been invited to the beta of Newsvine, no link because there is nothing there for the public yet. It is a news service (AP wire stories), rating site (think Digg), and posting site. I have 20 invites, so if anyone is interested drop me a line and I'll send them off until they are gone.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Scout Portal Toolkit

The Scout Portal Toolkit (SPT) and CWIS version 1.4.0 has been released, and is now available for download on the Scout web site.

Highlights of the release include:

  • full OAI-SQ support
  • new RSS feed import and display capabilities (CWIS UI)
  • all searches are now linkable and bookmarkable
  • new "My Searches" box now available (CWIS UI)
  • site keyword configuration (for Google and other search engines to pick up when spidering)
  • new "Access Match" feature to help users with specific accessibility needs find appropriate resources
  • support for custom saved search e-mail header values
  • support for the addition of local saved search e-mail keywords
  • RSS feed indicators to highlight your feed to RSS-aware browsers
More information about new features and enhancements in this release can be found online or via the Revision History available on the Portal Administration menu in the new software.

Web Page Metadata

Google has released a study of metadata use in the pages they spider. They point out the most used ones and the most common errors.
The Dublin Core people can take some comfort from the fact that although their keywords didn't appear in the top ten chart above, they were quite well featured in the next few dozen. Here are the ten most used values, most popular first: dc.title, dc.language, dc.creator, dc.subject, dc.publisher, dc.description, dc.identifier,, dc.format, dc.rights. In fact the order maps relatively closely to the frequency of similar metadata in other constructs, like class names or rel values. Nice to know people are consistent!
The page discussing the Page Headers is also interesting.