Friday, June 13, 2008


The remainder of the June 2008 MARC Advisory Group proposals have been posted and linked to the agenda for the meeting. has some interesting cataloging tools. There is an Amazon to MARC converter, DDC22 summaries, Amazon review server, and some others. They also have an ILS to download. Runs in the LAMP environment. They seem to have it up and running on their site. It gets additional info from Amazon and Google Books to enrich the records.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

On Descript

When I started this weblog back in 2002 nobody was covering cataloging. There was AUTOCAT, great place for discussion. But no one place was acting as a news source. Now there are plenty of other place to keep current in cataloging, check Planet Cataloging for a good list of weblogs in this space. Now another voice joins the chorus, On Descript, and we are richer for it.
On Descript is a forum dedicated to all things description in Library and Information Science (LIS). Here, you'll find information on subjects like cataloging, indexing, abstracting and the foundations of description practices in LIS. Please share your ideas!
Not yet covered by Planet Catalog, so visit his site.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records

A German translation of the text of Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) as amended and Japanese translations of the recently published errata and the amendment to the expression entity have been made available through IFLANET.

Monday, June 09, 2008

DCMI Registry Task Group

From the DCMI page.

DCMI Registry Task Group: call for participation.

A DCMI Registry Task Group has been set up with the primary aims of developing shared functional requirements and inter-registry interoperability issues. This group is currently recruiting participants. Those with an interest in metadata schema registries, terminology registries, ontology registries and metadata vocabulary management are invited to visit the Task Group's Wiki for further information, news, upcoming events and opportunities to contribute.

OLAC-MOUG 2008 Conference

Registration for the OLAC-MOUG 2008 Conference is open.

The joint conference of OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers) and MOUG (Music OCLC Users Group) will take place in Cleveland, Ohio, between Friday, September 26 and Sunday, September 28, 2008. Attendees will enjoy four workshops on cataloging various non-book materials, keynote speech by Lynne Howarth (former Dean of the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto); closing address by Janet Swan Hill (Associate Director for Technical Services, University of Colorado); and a session on RDA, to name just a few highlights.

Preconference: space is limited for Thursday September 25th's Map Cataloging preconference, given by Paige Andrew.

Please see the conference website for more information and the registration form.

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OAI-ORE Resource Maps

Posted to several lists.

The Foresite project is pleased to announce the initial code of two software libraries for constructing, parsing, manipulating and serialising OAI-ORE Resource Maps. These libraries are being written in Java and Python, and can be used generically to provide advanced functionality to OAI-ORE aware applications, and are compliant with the latest release (0.9) of the specification. The software is open source, released under a BSD licence, and is available from a Google Code repository.

You will find that the implementations are not absolutely complete yet, and are lacking good documentation for this early release, but we will be continuing to develop this software throughout the project and hope that it will be of use to the community immediately and beyond the end of the project.

Both libraries support parsing and serialising in: ATOM, RDF/XML, N3, N-Triples, Turtle and RDFa

Foresite is a JISC funded project which aims to produce a demonstrator and test of the OAI-ORE standard by creating Resource Maps of journals and their contents held in JSTOR, and delivering them as ATOM documents via the SWORD interface to DSpace. DSpace will ingest these resource maps, and convert them into repository items which reference content which continues to reside in JSTOR. The Python library is being used to generate the resource maps from JSTOR and the Java library is being used to provide all the ingest, transformation and dissemination support required in DSpace.

Please feel free to download and play with the source code, and let us have your feedback via the Google group: