Friday, December 01, 2006

RDF Book Mashup

RDF Book Mashup is a semantic Web tool for bibliographic items.
The RDF book mashup demonstrates how Web 2.0 data sources like Amazon, Google or Yahoo can be integrated into the Semantic Web.

The RDF book mashup makes information about books, their authors, reviews, and online bookstores available on the Semantic Web. This information can be used by RDF tools and you can link to it from your own Semantic Web data.

Fine. Why doesn't it use Open WorldCat? Or even LibraryThing. It is based on ISBNs, yet it doesn't use the xISBN nor thingISBN services. Maybe someone should clue the authors in.

Windows Vista

Windows Vista is soon to appear and machines are already offering free/low cost upgrades to this new version of Windows. However, I just heard that upgrading is more complex than it may appear. Vista compatible machines will run Vista but poorly. Vista premium ready machines will run it without any problems. Cavet emptor.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Cafe Press Store

A Cafe Press store for the Regional Planetary Image Facilities (RPIF) has been set-up. Items have links back to MPOW, the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI).

Wednesday, November 29, 2006


The Simile folks at MIT have written a utility tool to convert MARC and/or MODS to RDF. They had made the MIT catalog available in RDF for download to experiment with, and the Code4lib folks created torrents to make it easier, but IP issues surfaced and that is currently on hold.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Journal Title Changes and Linking

WOuter Gerritsma at WoW! Wouter over het Web notes some bad linking techniques by journal publishers. Namely, they don't link to the journal title the article was published in but rather in what was the last name of the journal. Broken links and proper citations that was next to useless are the result.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Cigars and a drink in the library, How 2.0.

AACR Revision

Outcomes of the October 2006 meeting of the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR have been mounted on the JSC Web site.