Friday, July 14, 2006

Symphony 2.0

The Houston Symphony has a sold out concert tonight.
Celebrate the music of video games with the Houston Symphony and Chorus performing your favorite video game music. Video Games Live™ is an immersive concert event featuring music from the biggest video games of all time combined with exclusive video footage, music arrangements, synchronized lights and unique interactive segments to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience.

Video Games Live™ features the best music and video segments from popular franchises such as WORLD OF WARCRAFT, FINAL FANTASY® , MARIO™ ZELDA® , HALO®, METAL GEAR SOLID®, CASTLEVANIA®, MEDAL OF HONOR™, SONIC™, EVERQUEST® II

Plus a special retro Classic Arcade Medley featuring over 20 classic games including: Pong, Donkey Kong, Dragon's Lair, Tetris, Frogger, Gauntlet, Space Invaders and many more!

Particiapte in events such as a costume contest, a game designer/composer meet and greet and playable demos provided by Gamecrazy.

OCLC Terminologies Service

Looks like an interesting Free Friday Forum
August 11 2006, 10-11 a.m. Introduction to OCLC Terminologies Service (Regan Harper, BCR trainer) The OCLC Terminologies Service provides access to multiple controlled vocabularies to help you create consistent metadata for your library, museum or archive collections. Using the Terminologies Service improves access to your library materials and increases visibility of your collection. This powerful new metadata creation tool helps you easily catalog both digital and traditional hardcopy materials. The service brings multiple thesauri together into a single interface - to save you time and improve metadata creation. If you are interested in learning more about the OCLC Terminologies Service, join us for this one hour presentation.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

LPI Podcast

I've just finished episode 28 of the Lunar and Planetary Institute library podcast. Time to evaluate. Is anyone listening? Would anyone miss it if I stopped doing it? Where do you get the file? Drop me a line and let me know. bigwood at

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Ockham Digital Library Service Registry 1.0

The Ockham Digital Library Service Registry (DLSR) has reached its 1.0 milestone, and is now available for public use and download. The DLSR is a distributed registry of digital library services. Institutions can advertise their internet-available digital library services, such as Z39.50, OAI-PMH, OpenURL, etc., and discover other advertised services. The Ockham DLSR provides a user-friendly web interface, as well as machine accessible interfaces (SRU, OAI-PMH). More info on the Ockham project can be found in the paper The Problem of Mainstreaming Digital Libraries by Jeremy Frumkin.

OLAC Conference

Registration is underway for OLAC's 12th biennial conference Preparing for a Brave New World: Media Cataloging on the Threshold of RDA to be held October 26-29, 2006 in Mesa, Arizona (Phoenix Metro Area). The conference website has been updated with schedule and travel details, include roommate matching.

This year's preconference session is an all-day Electronic Serials Cataloging Workshop from SCCTP (Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program). A hands-on training course for the ever-growing field of cataloging electronic serials, the curriculum includes advanced problems related to electronic serials, trends and evolving practices, challenges such as aggregations, and case studies.

OLAC 's conference is the place to learn about emerging standards and to attend workshops on the most current best practices for cataloging non-book materials -- Internet or other electronic resources, sound recordings, maps, DVDs, videotapes, or cultural objects. Whether you need to brush up your MARC skills or learn a new metadata scheme, make plans to join us in Phoenix.

From the e-mail announcement

The "Next generation" Library Catalog

A "Next generation" library catalog by Eric Lease Morgan is well worth reading.
This text outlines an idea for a "next generation" library catalog. In two sentences, this catalog is not really an catalog at all but more like a tool designed to make it easier for students to learn, teachers to instruct, and scholars to do research. It provides its intended audience with a more effective means for finding and using data and information.

Static OAI Tool

Yesterday I mentioned that it would be nice to have a tool for turning MARC records into a static OAI file. Well, it has been done. Since not everybody sees the comments I'm copying Terry Reese's note here.
I realize that you won't be able to use this (since you've finished your project) but maybe someone can down the road. Anyway, ask, and you shall receive. :) See:
That link points to his web log, the file itself is here. I think it will also be a part of MarcEdit in the future. Thanks Terry. I hope some of the OAI projects, like the NSDL, find this tool and make use of it. Might make their work a bit simpler.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Static OAI

One thing I found while creating the static OAI file for the LPI was that there was no XSLT from MARCXML to that format. The folks who want to harvest records from smaller institutions might save themselves some time and get more records if one were available.


Here's a new (to me anyway) social web site, Zimbio. They do have a library and information science area. Not much to it at the moment. One feature they have is a customizable OPML tool. Check off the areas of their site you are interested in receiving via RSS and it generates your link. You can specify how you want the entries sorted, by title, author, newest or oldest, most or least replies. Look in the tools area to play with it. Pretty simple but a nice feature.

ISBD 2006 Consolidated Edition

The ISBD Review Group has issued an invitation to review the International Standard Bibliographic Description - 2006 consolidated edition. Comments are due by October 15, 2006.
... in 2003, the Review Group established the Study Group on Future Directions of the ISBDs. The Study Group determined that it was both feasible and useful to integrate the specialized ISBDs into one ISBD. The primary advantage of having a consolidated ISBD is seen as improved coordination of updating provisions as changes are identified for implementation. A consolidated edition will make it possible to make changes that are applicable to different types of resources and that previously could be made in only one ISBD at a time to apply to all types of resources at the same time. In response, the ISBD Review Group charged the Study Group to proceed to prepare a definitive text, and the result is now ready for World-Wide Review.

Monday, July 10, 2006


The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI : MPOW) now has a static OAI file thanks to the folks at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We have included in the file all LPI resources available as full-text no matter where they exist on the Web. We have also included resources available on our Web site that were not published by us. Mostly scans of lunar maps. Harvest them while they are fresh.


TechEssence has an introduction to tagging.
Tagging refers to the process by which users assign terms meaningful to them to a resource in the online environment. The rise of social bookmarking Web sites have skyrocketed tagging systems into the mainstream.