Friday, March 27, 2009

eXtensible Catalog NCIP Toolkit

A new tool from the XC folks.
The eXtensible Catalog (XC) NCIP Toolkit is now available to the public for download. This project page, hosted by Google Code, is home to all the up-to-date information about the NCIP Toolkit including its downloads, documentation, bug reports, feature requests, and the most updated under-development code. You just need a Google account to access the project's code, bug tracking system and other features.

You can download a compiled .war file for installing the NCIP Toolkit v0.2, a program for testing the toolkit, and documentation on the project. If you prefer to work with the source code, the latest version can be downloaded from the SVN repository. Alternatively, you can download the code for our alpha version 0.2 release.

The NCIP Toolkit is intended to be installed alongside a compatible ILS and act as an intermediary between NCIP clients and the ILS. The NCIP Toolkit will provide an NCIP interface for authentication requests, live circulation status lookups, and circulation requests. When a client sends an NCIP request to the toolkit, the request is parsed and sent to the ILS using its proprietary interface. The response is then translated back into the NCIP protocol and returned to the client

The NCIP Toolkit can be used as part of the XC system, or on its own to add NCIP functionality to an ILS. It is a server application written in Java and is only needed for ILSs that do not already implement the NCIP protocol.

The NCIP Toolkit is currently only compatible with Voyager, and we are working on adding support for Aleph and III in a future version which will also be released to Google code. We welcome contributions which will enable compatibility with other ILSs. The code is set up so a Java developer can add a support for a new ILS with minimal prior knowledge of the NCIP protocol, and instructions on adding support for a new ILS can be found in the documentation from the above link.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

RDA Testers Wanted

An announcement form the RDA folks.
The US National Libraries RDA Test Steering Committee has launched a Website for the RDA test project.

The site includes a link to a fill-in PDF application form that you can use to let us know if you're interested in being selected as a test partner.

The Test Steering Committee received excellent comments about the project after the RDA Test Planning Forum at ALA Midwinter in Denver. As a result of this feedback, we realized that we needed to ask for more precise information from the potential test participants. So we revised the application form and made it available on the RDA Test Planning Website. Please complete and return the form, even if you submitted an expression of interest earlier.

The Website also has links to a proposed timeline and to the methodology that the Steering Committee plans to use for the testing. We'll update the site with additional information as we develop a complete test protocol.

Thank you very much for your interest in the US National Libraries RDA Test project. We look forward to hearing from you. As the application form states, we're requesting that anyone interested in participating as a test partner return the PDF application, via email, by April 13.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Semantic Web Podcast

This conversation between Paul Miller and Jeffrey T. Pollock, the author of Semantic Web For Dummies is going on my MP3 player.
In my latest podcast I talk with Oracle's Jeff Pollock about his recently published book, The Semantic Web For Dummies. We discuss the rationale behind the book and its intended audience, before turning to consideration of the impact that Semantic Technologies are having across a range of sectors. During the conversation, we refer to the following resources; AdaptiveBlue Adaptive Information: Improving Business Through Semantic Interoperability, Grid Computing, and Enterprise Integration Tim Berners-Lee and his Linked Data talk at TED 2009 Calais Cerebra Glue Linked Data Modulant OASIS Open Data Oracle OWL RDF SearchMonkey SOAP SPARQL Thomson Reuters TripIt Twine W3C Yahoo! This conversation was recorded on Tuesday 24 March, 2009.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Word Add-in for Ontology Recognition

For those still using MS Word the Word Add-in for Ontology Recognition could be a handy addition.
The goal of the add-in is to assist scientists in writing a manuscript that is easily integrated with existing and pending electronic resources. The major aims of this project are to add semantic information as XML mark-up to the manuscript using ontologies and controlled vocabularies (using OBO), and to integrate manuscript content with existing public data repositories.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Cataloging Playway Devices

Some help from OLAC on cataloging Playway devices.
The OLAC/MLA Joint Task Force on Best Practice Guidelines for Cataloging Playaways has completed its review of the implications of the new RDA rules for Playaway cataloging, based on the latest RDA draft. Playaways are stand-alone, pre-loaded digital audio players, usually used for audiobooks (see for more information).

The report, entitled Playaways and RDA: Summary of relevant sections from RDA Chapters 3, 6, and 7, is available at or from the OLAC Cataloging Policy Committee publications page.

Expert Community Experiment

News from OCLC about their Expert Community Experiment.
OCLC is offering one additional live Webinar to introduce the Expert Community Experiment. It will be held on March 24, 2009 at 2:30 PM Eastern Time. We would welcome your attendance.

Statement of International Cataloguing Principles

The Statement of International Cataloguing Principles is now available in 17 languages on IFLANET.

Privacy Issue

Not cataloging, but maybe we should be aware of this privacy issue.
Today Google launched its behavioral targeting ad program, which it calls "interest-based advertising." This move has been widely expected once Google completed its $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick one year ago today....

So we worked with Google to seek a new solution. Google accepted the technical challenge, and the result is the Advertising Cookie Opt-Out Plug-in, which allows users to keep their opt-out status for a particular browser even when they clear all cookies. We appreciate that Google was responsive to the opt-out cookie concerns, and especially pleased that the plug-in is available as an open source project. We look forward to it being available for Safari, Chrome and other browsers, not just IE and Firefox.
There is more information on the Electronic Frontier Foundation website.

International Conference for Digital Libraries and the Semantic Web

Looks like an interesting conference, Italy is a bit far though.
The International Conference for Digital Libraries and the Semantic Web (ICSD 2009) addresses two main questions:
  1. How can digital libraries support Semantic Web functionality?
  2. How can Semantic Web technology improve digital libraries?
Ultimately the goal is an environment in which all functionality is available to the user without the perception of different systems or system boundaries.

Contributions are sought that address one or both of the main questions or steps towards the ultimate system.
Hope they make MP3s of some of the talks available after the meeting.

Series Work E-List

An Announcement on AUTOCAT.
We are in the process of starting up an electronic list, SERIES-L, dedicated to concerns about bibliographic control for library materials issued in series.

Generally speaking, SERIES-L will do for bibliographic series what the PERSNAME-L list now does for personal names. Posts to SERIES-L will address specific concerns and specific situations, and will focus on resolving problems rather than discussion. Discussion is encouraged -- but not on SERIES-L! -- rather, elsewhere, in appropriate fora. SERIES-L is for the actual work of cataloging materials in series.

You can sign up for SERIES-L at this time. To do so, send an e-mail to LISTSERV@PO.MISSOURI.EDU with the text SUBSCRIBE SERIES-L plus your forename and surname. It's expected that we'll start posts to the list once enough people are signed up.