Thursday, August 31, 2006

Fun With Video

CamStudio make it so easy to create screen-capture videos. How can these be used in your institution? How about in the on-line training manual for new cataloging staff? How about where reference can see a demonstration of a search they rarely need, but do need now?

Here is my latest, showing features of the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature, including links to maps scanned by the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Rights Metadata

MozCC 2.2 is now available for Firefox 2 (beta 1). This release adds support for metadata described with RDFa.

mozCC is an extension for Mozilla-based browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Flock, Mozilla and Netscape, which provides a convenient way to examine Creative Commons licenses embedded in web pages.
RDFa is a way to embed RDF in XHTML.

Additions to the MARC Code Lists for Relators, Sources, Description Conventions

The codes listed below have been recently approved for use in MARC 21 records. The codes will be added to the online MARC Code Lists for Relators, Sources, Description Conventions.
ACM Computing Classification System [1998 Version] [use after October 29, 2006]
Finnish public libraries classification system [use after October 29, 2006]
Global forest classification system (GFDC) [use after October 29, 2006]
Description Conventions

The following code is for use in subfield $e in field 040 (Cataloging
Source) in Authority and Bibliographic records.

Cataloging cultural objects: a guide to describing cultural works and their images (Chicago: Visual Resources Association, American Library Association) [use after October 29, 2006]
Term, Name, Title Sources

The following codes are for use in subfield $2 in Bibliographic and Community Information records in 6xx fields and in subfield $f in field 040 (Cataloging Source) in Authority records.

Gay studies thesaurus: a controlled vocabulary for indexing and accessing materials of relevance to gay culture, history, politics and psychology (Princeton, NJ: Michel) [use after October 29, 2006]
International thesaurus of gay and lesbian index terms (Chicago?: Thesaurus Committee, Gay and Lesbian Task Force, American Library Association) [use after October 29, 2006]
A queer thesaurus: an international thesaurus of gay and lesbian index terms (Amsterdam: Homodok) [use after October 29, 2006]
Sexual nomenclature: a thesaurus (Boston: G.K. Hall) [use after October 29, 2006]

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

2006 August RLG Members Forum

The presentations from the 2006 August RLG Members Forum are now available as MP3 files. Lots of good stuff. The future of MARC by Bill Moen and Sally McCallum. Folksonomies, Visual resources cataloging, and Describing and sharing digital images in a museum setting are some of the other topics. Thanks RLG for making these talks available.

Easy unAPI

The paper I mentioned yesterday, Introducing unAPI, has a couple of easy ways to get started using unAPI.

If you are using Wordpress for your weblog, there is a plug-in.

The plug-in provides records for each WordPress post and page in the following formats: OAI-Dublin Core (oai_dc), Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), SRW-Dublin Core (srw_dc), MARCXML, and RSS.
If you are running an SRU server the University of Alberta has made their Cocoon code freely available to enable unAPI. The only changes it requires is the address of the server and the record formats that may be requested. Remember if you have a Z39.50 server running it is easy to enable SRU functionality with the YAZ Proxy.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Stop the War on Metadata

Stop the War on Metadata by Jeffrey Beall appeared in the Library Journal for July 15, 2006.
For decades, metadata has been at the core of librarianship. In recent years, however, there has been a growing revolt that threatens metadata-enabled searches in favor of full-text searching. If the revolt succeeds, full-text searching will make metadata as rare as card catalogs, thus leaving information discovery at the mercy of keyword searching and whatever murky relevancy ranking a search engine provides.


Introducing unAPI by Daniel Chudnov, Peter Binkley, Jeremy Frumkin, Michael J. Giarlo, Mike Rylander, Ross Singer and Ed Summers appears in the latest Ariadne It describes unAPI, a tiny HTTP API for serving information objects in next-generation Web applications.
Common Web tools and techniques cannot easily manipulate library resources. While photo sharing, link logging, and Web logging sites make it easy to use and reuse content, barriers still exist that limit the reuse of library resources within new Web services. To support the reuse of library information in Web 2.0-style services, we need to allow many types of applications to connect with our information resources more easily. One such connection is a universal method to copy any resource of interest. Because the copy-and-paste paradigm resonates with both users and Web developers, it makes sense that users should be able to copy items they see online and paste them into desktop applications or other Web applications. Recent developments proposed in weblogs and discussed at technical conferences suggest exactly this: extending the 'clipboard' copy-and-paste paradigm onto the Web. To fit this new, extended paradigm, we need to provide a uniform, simple method for copying rich digital objects out of any Web application.

Writing for Publication

The latest issue of Info Career Trends (Sept. 1, 2006) vol. 7, no. 5 covers the topic writing for publication.

Electronic Textual Editing

Electronic Textual Editing edited by Lou Burnard, Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe, and John Unsworth is now available from MLA. This has been available as a free e-text for a while.