Friday, December 08, 2006

Metadata Standards and Applications

Metadata Standards and Applications: An ALCTS/Library of Congress Workshop. I'm so excited this is coming to Houston. I may be able to make it. The budget is very tight next year, there may be nothing for travel/training. I may still pay for it out of my pocket if there is no budget.
Cataloging : Metadata Standards and Applications: An ALCTS/Library of Congress Workshop

This two-day workshop presents 21st century bibliographic control concepts, including specific metadata standards and applications. The goal of the workshop is to relate what library staff already know about library catalog metadata to digital library metadata, thereby preparing staff to apply their current knowledge to new areas.

Topics covered will include:

  • An introduction to digital libraries
  • What is metadata?
  • Content 'storage' and retrieval models
  • Data creation and management models
  • Relationship models
  • An overview of metadata standards and applications, interoperability, vocabularies, application profiles, quality considerations, and monitoring metadata developments.

Resource Description and Access

A Scope and Structure document for Resource Description and Access (RDA) is now available.


Need a metadata schema for a new project? Looking to make your home-grown schema available to others? SchemaWeb is the place for you.
SchemaWeb is a directory of RDF schemas expressed in the RDFS, OWL and DAML+OIL schema languages. SchemaWeb is a place for developers and designers working with RDF. It provides a comprehensive directory of RDF schemas to be browsed and searched by human agents and also an extensive set of web services to be used by software agents that wish to obtain real-time schema information whilst processing RDF data. RDF Schemas are the critical layer of the Semantic Web. They provide the semantic linkage that 'intelligent' software needs to extract value giving information from the raw data defined by RDF triples.

What does SchemaWeb do? SchemaWeb gathers information about schemas published on the web. SchemaWeb merges the RDF statements from all the schemas registered in the directory into an RDF triples store.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


The Christian Science Monitor had an article about ClaimID recently.
This led Stutzman to conclude that proper management of one's online identity will be a "major problem" in the future. ClaimID is not so much a solution to that problem as it is "a guess ... and a research question," he says. This free service has about 10,000 active users and tries to address two popular concerns: distinguishing yourself from people who share your name and putting the available information in context.

Digital Library Federation / Aquifer Implementation Guidelines for Shareable MODS Records

The Digital Library Federation / Aquifer Implementation Guidelines for Shareable MODS Records has been released by the DLF Aquifer Metadata Working Group.
The primary goal of the Digital Library Federation's Aquifer Initiative is to enable distributed content to be used effectively by libraries and scholars for teaching, learning, and research. The provision of rich, shareable metadata for this distributed content is an important step towards this goal.

To this end, the Metadata Working Group of the DLF Aquifer Initiative has developed a set of implementation guidelines of the Metadata Object Description Schema1 (MODS) specifically for use in describing digital cultural heritage and humanities-based scholarly resources that are to be shared within the Aquifer Initiative and wider.

Cartographic Materials

The 2005 update for Cartographic Materials: A Manual of Interpretation for AACR2, 2002 Revision, 2nd ed. is now available for free download from the ALA Store.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Congratulations to Casey Bisson

I'll join this chorus, congratulations to Casey Bisson for being honored by the Mellon Foundation due to creating WPopac.


WOMBLINK is a simple easy tool that may help get some weblog postings about your library.
WOMBLINK is a simple way for libraries to encourage word-of-mouth advertising by the blogging patrons -- hence the name, Word of Mouth Blog LINK. By adding a "blog this" link to your library web pages, you create a one-click way for bloggers to link to your site from their blog post. Sure, most blogging software products (TypePad, Moveable Type, Blogger, Bloglines, etc.) provide bookmarklets for the blogger to use -- but if the blogger is at a different computer, those don't work.

When bloggers click the WOMBLINK on your web page, they get a two-line snippet of HTML code to paste into their blog post about your library event, new book list, press release, or what have you. It links directly to the page they were on, and can include your library's logo.

I'm not crazy about the name, but it looks like a useful idea. Seen on RSS4Lib.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Screencasting for Our Users

I've been listening to Paul Pival's presentation for the Sirsi/Dynix Institute, Show and Tell The Easy Way - An Introduction to Screencasting. Excellent introduction.

It got me thinking we should have more of these in the context-sensitive help for our OPACs. Having them in their own space and as part of BI is nice, but having them at point of need is best. They are simple to do, it would be a snap for an institution to do one a month. Over time the most important or confusing topics would be covered. Even nicer would be for a vendor in include them in their product.

CamStudio is a free tool to create screencasts, something to get started. I used it to create a couple that I posted to YouTube, resolution suffers there but it gives an idea.