Friday, August 11, 2006

Interoperability Across Repositories

Bekaert, Jeroen and Sompel, Herbert van de (2006) Augmenting interoperability across scholarly repositories. Report.
Under guidance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and Microsoft, a meeting was held aimed at identifying concrete steps that could be taken to augment interoperability across heterogeneous scholarly repositories. The specific goal of the meeting was to try and reach a common understanding regarding a data model and a limited set of core, protocol-based repository interfaces that would allow services and downstream applications to interact with heterogeneous repositories in a consistent manner. Such repository interfaces include interfaces that support locating, identifying, harvesting, obtaining and depositing compound digital objects.
Brought to you by the aDORe folks.

Ontologies and the Web

Martinez Usero, Jose Angel and Beltran Orenes, Maria Pilar (2005) Ontologies in the context of knowledge organization and interoperability in e-government services. In Proceedings IRFD World Forum on Information Society 2005, Tunis (Tunisia).
A philosophical and technical approach of the concept of ontology is introduced and the importance of ontologies to structure, manage and retrieve the knowledge of different scientific fields and various political and social contexts is enhanced. The tools related to ontology management and the languages used for ontology creation are revised. In particular, an identification of the web-based ontology mark-up languages that contribute to knowledge representation and organization in this electronic and hypertextual environment, such as DAML+OIL, OWL and OML, is carried out. Finally, ontologies are presented as the basis for semantic web development and as a tool to guarantee information interoperability in e-government services. In this sense, some examples of initiatives for ontology application in electronic public services are provided.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

New Library Podcast

Library Geeks is a new podcast covering tech stuff in libraries. The 1st episode is:
Ross Singer joins me for the first episode, wherein we discuss OpenURL, the state of the OpenURL resolver marketplace, and the innovative work Ross is leading at the Georgia Tech library to implement a next-generation resolver.
Seen on Lorcan Dempsey's weblog

TMEA Nominations

This weekend is Super Tuesday for the Texas Music Education Association elections. Lots of regions have their meetings and each nominates one person to run for president-elect. A person needs nominations from three regions to get on the ballot. Cora Bigwood is running. If you know any music educators in Texas, from elementary through university, urge them to get to their meeting and vote for Cora.

Cora Bigwood: Open Letter to TMEA Members

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Geographic Codes and Classification

It would be nice if more authority records included the code for field 043. The one I just used did have that info and it save me a bit of looking. It would also be nice if the classification number for field 052 was included. That would make the authority record the place to go for that rather than the class schedules and code listing. Save a bit of time.

Monday, August 07, 2006


I recently finished listening to a podcast about tagging by Talis. Some very good points, well worth listening to.

However, I think they did not see beyond the social aspects of tagging. It is true that there has to be a certain mass of tags for them to become useful socially. It is basic networking theory. But if tags are important to our important users in their information management, then they are useful. Tags like: read-next, NG9-1123, or 06-08-01:0815 may not contribute much, if anything, to the community. If it is a senior staff scientist using those, someone who it is in our best interest to keep happy and productive, those tags are valuable. There is a place for tagging in personal knowledge-space management.

WorldCat on the Web

WorldCat is now available on the Web. They offer access to 1.3 billion records at 18,000 libraries. They offer the ability to find an item at a local library, or write a review. There are toolbars and search boxes available to users.

P.S. The Traveling Librarian has created a Firefox plugin. Thanks. [added Tuesday]