Friday, August 25, 2006


Bess has provided some instructions on using the JSTOR/Harvard Object Validation Environment (JHOVE) to create Metadata for Images in XML (MIX) records.


I've just downloaded version 5 of Terry Reese's MarcEdit. Some very nice new features. It has an RSS reader to keep everybody in the loop about updates and news about the tool. It now has a tool to convert delimited text into MARC, export those records from Excel and get them into MARC. They wont meet full-level AACR standards, but they will load. It also includes a MARC validator, checks for errors. My favorite new feature is a URL checker. Point it at the file and validate those URLs. I've been using MarcXGen to convert the records into HTML and then run them against a checker. This is much easier. I'll have to do a time trial and see if it is also faster.

I've installed MarcEdit on my thumb-drive. Now I can bring it to another machine, for instance I can have it at the machine at the reference desk. Thanks Terry for not requiring it to install files all over the place.


Ed Summers at inkdroid points out a tool to change an entire OAI repository into RDF records, oai2rdf.
This is an utility tool to convert the metadata contained in an OAI-PMH repository to RDF.


You launch the RDfizer from the command line by giving it the URL of content repository that supports OAI-PMH and the folder to where you want the harvested RDF to be dumped and the tools does the rest.


This tool ships with the stylesheet required to transform the most common of these metadata schemas, which should cover most needs. For more special needs, it is easy to extend it without having to write java code, but simply write a new stylesheet that converts the OAI-PMH ListRecords XML response.

Thursday, August 24, 2006


rdfs:frbr: Towards an Implementation Model for Library Catalogs Using Semantic Web Technology by Stefan Gradmann,(2005) appeared in Cataloging and Classification Quarterly 39(3/4):pp. 63-76.
The paper sets out from a few basic observations (bibliographic information is still mostly part of the 'hidden Web,' library automation methods still have a low WWW-transparency, and take-up of FRBR has been rather slow) and continues taking a closer look at Semantic Web technology components. This results in a proposal for implementing FRBR as RDF-Schema and of RDF-based library catalogues built on such an approach. The contribution concludes with a discussion of selected strategic benefits resulting from such an approach.

Movies at the LPI Library

I've created a short video illustrating finding recent materials at the Lunar and Planetary Institute library. It was done using CamStudio, free, simple to use. I've uploaded it to You Tube as well as our site. The whole process is very simple, something anyone with basic computer skill could do. If you have folks who could benefit from viewing a video of something happening on a computer screen, don't be afraid to give it a try.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


I've only heard about Dapper, not even played with it a bit, but if it lives up to the description it will be very useful.
Dapper’s mission is to allow you to use any web based content in any way you can imagine. And by use, we mean going beyond just reading or viewing a webpage. You may want to create an RSS feed or a Google Gadget for a site, take a site’s content and put it on a map, receive an email alert when your site’s Alexa’s ranking goes below 5000, or create a mashup of your favorite band’s tour dates and a camping locations reservation website to organize your musical camping vacation. Whatever you want to do, however you want to mold the web, Dapper can help you do it.

How do we go about filling such a tall order? Well, basically, Dapper allows you to easily build an API for any website. Initially, if the content source you’re interested in is not Dapped already, Dapper will take you through a visual and intuitive process that takes just minutes. When finished, you will have at your disposal an API with which you can interface to get the content you are interested in.

Monday, August 21, 2006

TMEA Nomination

Cora lost the nomination. The elementary folks just did not show up at the meetings. When only one or two elementary folks show up it is hard to get the nomination when there are 100 secondary folks present. Even though Cora did pick up some of the secondary votes, it was just never enough. This is why there has not been a TMEA president from the elementary division for 25 years and only 2 in almost 100 years.

I think she could have won, if she ever managed to get on the ballot, but the process works against anyone from the elementary and college divisions getting there. One of the folks on the ballot is from the college division, but they are really an orchestra person, having just started his college position this term.

Cora may run for region rep for AOSA.

Cataloging Tool

Charles Ledvina of the Outagamie Waupaca Library System has created a tool using Amazon to create MARC records from their XML data. Simply enter an ASIN number and the program will return a pretty good MARC record. He says "Beware of the subject headings."

There is also a greasemonkey script for Firefox.