Friday, January 05, 2007

Rights in the PREMIS Data Model

News from LC:
The Library of Congress' Network Development and MARC Standards Office is pleased to announce the availability of a study written by Karen Coyle on how rights information needed for digital preservation activities is handled in the PREMIS data dictionary.
Rights in the PREMIS Data Model.

MAB2 --> MARC21

Moving from MAB2 to MARC 21 Recording of multipart monographs and their parts in MARC 21: Predefinitions and examples gives a German view of MARC that is interesting.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Notice to Music Teachers

Cora Bigwood, my spouse, is running for region rep for the American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA). If you or someone you know belongs to AOSA check you mail for your ballot and consider voting for Cora for Region III. Here is part of a bio she recently did:
My music background began with a BM in Music Teacher Education K-12 (Instrumental and Vocal) from the University of Houston, a MM in Music Education from New England Conservatory. I have Orff Certification, a Kodaly Certificate, Mid-Management and Supervision Certificates.

I presently serve as the TMEA Elementary VP and as a music teacher of 27 years in the Texas public school system. Having taught at the elementary, secondary, and college levels my leadership in our organization gives me a wide perspective into the many issues that face all disciplines (band, orchestra, vocal, elementary, college) across Texas.

My responsibilities on the State board are numerous. As division VP, I organized the Elementary portion of the 2006 TMEA state conference and am proud of the following achievements:

  • Over 50 clinicians from around the state and country were solicited for our members
  • Increased the performance venues for my division and solicited performances throughout the state
  • Implemented poster sessions for interdisciplinary lesson plans
In addition to these achievements at the 2006 convention, I actively participated in meetings and committees focusing on the following issues:
  • Region and area alignment implementation
  • TMEA appeals process
  • Vertical alignment of the Music TEKS as defined in the TMEA/TMAC Curriculum-Assessment Project
  • Neutralizing the Negative Impact of TAKS
  • Non-attendance due to TAKS remediation
  • Staffing shortages and ever-present state funding concerns

As a teacher, I have worked with elementary through secondary-aged children, teaching general music, choir, and individual flute students. I judge UIL events and supervise student teachers. I train our future music educators at the college level during summers (University of Houston and University of Texas at Brownsville).

I present staff development workshops for school districts, and Education Service Centers. In my spare time, I also make music on my own. From 1993-2003, I managed and performed in the folk band Permanent Wave, which performed for my session at TMEA 2002. In addition to the above, my Orff ensemble has also performed at TMEA. I have performed with the Bay Area Chorus, Clear Lake Symphony, and Baytown Symphony and Houston Symphonic Band.

I can't think of anyone better qualified. Anyone who read this knows I am very proud of her accomplishments.

MARC Content Designation Utilization (MCDU) Project

The progress report on the MARC Content Designation Utilization (MCDU) Project is available. Very important work.

OPAC Replaced by FISH

Christopher Harris at Infomancy has an OPAC replacement, a FISH. FISH: Free (as in kittens) Integrated Search Handler. Using freely available tools has put together a system to replace the catalog. Seeing what he has done is fascinating and inspiring.

With all the work being done by the Koha and Evergreen folks and the SOLR/Lucene crowd, and the eXtensible Catalog, it seems like open-source solutions for the OPAC will become more attractive options to the large commercial products.

unAPI Plugin for WordPress

Technosophia has announced a WordPress plugin for unAPI.
I've finally gotten around to updating the unAPI plugin for WordPress so that it fits into the WordPress plugin architecture, making it simple to install and maintain. I'm calling it version 1.0 since it's the first substantial release of the plugin since I got involved.
And just what is unAPI?
unAPI is a tiny HTTP API for the few basic operations necessary to copy discrete, identified content from any kind of web application.

There are already many cool APIs and protocols for syndicating, searching, harvesting, and linking from diverse services on the web. They're great, and they're widely used, but they're all different, for different reasons. unAPI only provides the few basic operations necessary to perform simple clipboard-like copy of content objects across all sites. It can be quickly implemented, consistently used, and easily layered over other well-known APIs.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007


This meaasge from Tom Dehn was distributed on the PURL-L e-mail distribution list.
There are 58000+ spam sites in the PURL Server.

I am working on a means to delete them (It needs further development and testing).

The PURL server has been available to anyone in the past, but we have to discuss that policy, because being available to everyone, means it's available to spammers. Also the ability to delete a PURL was not part of the initial development.

As of this time the ability to add or modify purl or domains has been disabled. It will remain that way until we have a derived a new policy.

The ability to access existing PURLs is still available.

What tool won't the spammers destroy?

Outline Processor Mark­up Language (OPML)

Gear Up Your Research Guides with the Emerging OPML Codes by Kimberley Wilcox appears in the Nov./Dec. 2006 issue of Computers in Libraries.
Think about your typical Web-based research guide: It's a list of books, articles, and selected Web sites on a given topic. Such a guide is great for introducing users to a subject and pointing them to your library's resources on that subject. But traditional research guides aren't so great for introducing readers to the very latest resources on their topic, or for engaging them in new online discussions of that topic. What if you could create a dynamic research guide that displays the latest headlines from selected blogs, feeds of new book and article titles from the library's catalog and databases, and audio and video files--along with your traditional Web links and bibliographies? Even better, what if this guide could be syndicated so that people were able to subscribe to it and automatically receive updated versions in their RSS aggregators?
I like OPML because it is so simple and low-maintaience.

IWF Metadata Harvester

The IWF Metadata Harvester is a package for retrieving metadata from servers, writing it to databases, and representing it in human-readable form. It currently retrieves data from servers using two different sets of standards: The Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) and Z39.50. Windows tool.

MARC4J Workbook

Crosswalking: Processing MARC in XML Environments with MARC4J by Bas Peters is now available from Lulu.
This concise book is for library programmers who want to learn to use MARC4J to process bibliographic data. MARC4J is an open source software library for working with MARC, MARCXML and related bibliographic standards in Java. The library is designed to bridge the gap between MARC and XML. Crosswalking provides useful information for both developers learning about MARC4J for the first time and developers returning for reference and more advanced material. The chapters provide many reusable examples, while appendixes provide a reference to the API and the command-line utilities.
Seen on oss4lib.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Collaborative Tagging Systems

Patterns and Inconsistencies in Collaborative Tagging Systems : An Examination of Tagging Practices by Margaret E. I. Kipp and D. Grant Campbell appears in Proceedings Annual General Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Austin, Texas (US).
This paper analyzes the tagging patterns exhibited by users of, to assess how collaborative tagging supports and enhances traditional ways of classifying and indexing documents. Using frequency data and co-word analysis matrices analyzed by multi-dimensional scaling, the authors discovered that tagging practices to some extent work in ways that are continuous with conventional indexing. Small numbers of tags tend to emerge by unspoken consensus, and inconsistencies follow several predictable patterns that can easily be anticipated. However, the tags also indicated intriguing practices relating to time and task which suggest the presence of an extra dimension in classification and organization, a dimension which conventional systems are unable to facilitate.