Monday, March 30, 2009

Genre/Form Thesaurus for Music

News from the Library of Congress.
In November 2008, the Library of Congress Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate approved a Timeline and Plan for the Next Five Library of Congress Genre/Form Projects. In accordance with that timeline, the Policy and Standards Division (PSD) is beginning to develop a genre/form thesaurus for music. LC’s Music Division and other interested groups are collaborating with PSD in this effort.

Information about the project, including tentative lists of genre/form terms and terms denoting medium of performance, may be linked to from PSD’s genre/form web page.

eXtensible Catalog OAI Toolkit Repository

Another tool from the the eXtensible Catalog folks
eXtensible Catalog (XC) OAI Toolkit repository 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 OAI Toolkit, it's downloads, documentation, bug reports, feature requests, most updated under-development code etc. of the XC OAI Toolkit. You will just need a Google account to access the project's code, bug tracking system and other features.

The OAI Toolkit is used to make data stored in an institution's ILS or other repository available for harvesting via OAI-PMH, including other eXtensible Catalog applications. For an ILS, this is accomplished by exporting ILS metadata, converting it from MARC to MARCXML, and loading it into an OAI-PMH compliant repository. The repository (embedded in the OAI Toolkit) makes the data available for harvesting by other XC components.

The OAI Toolkit can be used as part of the XC system, or on its own to enable OAI-PMH harvestability of an existing repository. It is a server application written in Java and is only needed for ILS's and other repositories that do not already have the ability to be act as OAI-PMH Repositories (OAI Servers).

Documentation for the OAI Toolkit can be found at the links below:You can download the OAI importer and OAI server zip files from the Downloads tab at list. The OAI Toolkit Manual would be a good help in installing the OAI Toolkit and then you would be ready to run the OAI Toolkit.

The software code repository for the OAI Toolkit could be checked out from SVN.

OAI Toolkit is in a good stable condition at the moment, but still it is under development solving the bug fixes and catering to the feature requests to make it more efficient and stable. The Google bug tracking system of the OAI Toolkit currently contains the outstanding bugs and the feature requests. If you have any suggestions, feature requests, or bugs reports we invite you to submit them to the Google bug tracker system.

For those interested in up-to the minute development, you could checkout the most current OAI Toolkit code under development from SVN.

More information about downloading the Google code and SVN, you can go under the Source tab