Friday, April 10, 2009

Workshop On Integrating Digital Library Content with Computational Tools and Services

Conference looks interesting.
Workshop On Integrating Digital Library Content with Computational Tools and Services

A Full Day Workshop

19 June 2009
ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2009) Austin, Texas, USA

See for a more complete CFP.

Over the past ten years, the development, deployment and use of “first generation” digital libraries (DL) have matured into a stable use paradigm: the browsing, searching and then retrieving of digital materials. With recent strides being made in the areas of data mining, high performance computing, semantic web, linked-data, and web-services, etc. exciting new opportunities are arising to create “second generation digital libraries” (SGDL) by extending the standard DL use paradigm to include the analysis of the retrieved materials in a tightly integrated manner. It is the purpose of this workshop to bring together all those that are interested in creating SGDL systems by making this analytic extension to the DL use paradigm a reality.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

What's a Library to Do?

Recently the New York Review of Books made available the ICRC Report on the Treatment of Fourteen "High Value Detainees" in CIA Custody. I'd guess it is under copyright. On each page it has a statement that is may not be reprinted and it is confidential. How should libraries handle this? We can't expect it to remain on the site forever. As an important document it should be preserved and made available. As a confidential report, it is not available from the Red Cross. Discussion for the ethics sessions in MLS programs.

Candidate Recommendation for the Simple Knowledge Organization System Reference

News from the W3C Semantic Web Deployment Working Group.
The W3C Semantic Web Deployment Working Group is pleased to announce the publication of a Candidate Recommendation for the Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) Reference.

A new Working Draft of the accompanying SKOS Primer has also been published.

The Working Group now calls for implementations.

We would like to hear of any vocabulary (thesaurus, classification system, subject heading system, taxonomy or other KOS) or mapping between vocabularies that has been published in the Web as machine-readable data using SKOS, and/or has been made available via programmatic services using SKOS.

We would also like to hear of any software that has the capability to read and/or write SKOS data, and/or can check whether a given SKOS dataset is consistent with the SKOS data model.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Belated Anniversary

I started this back on March 5, 2002, so about a month ago was the 7th anniversary. Over that time more than 3,400 things caught my attention enough to create a post. I'm posting less now than in 2002-03. One reason is that now there are many other excellent weblogs covering the topic. Another reason is that there was an excitement in the medium back then, now it is just another avenue for information. Thanks to all those how have read, commented on, and suggested stories over the years.

Digital Library Tool

News from the National Science Digital Library.
NSDL EduPak 1.0: An Open Source Digital Library Services Platform for Education

National educational organizations and institutions focused on establishing specialized digital collections, conducting educational research, or providing students, teachers and instructors with discipline-oriented pedagogical products and tools require basic technology to build educational digital repositories that support their work. To help meet a national priority expressed by the National Science Board (NSB) in January 11, 2009 recommendations to the Obama Administration in which they stated, "Our national economic prosperity and security require that we remain a world leader in science and technology," the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) is pleased to announce the premiere release of NSDL EduPak 1.0. Specifically designed for education, EduPak packages technology for digital storage, access and workflow into a convenient bundle designed to to jump start the essential "behind-the-scenes" framework that enables innovation in teaching and learning. NSDL EduPak may be downloaded through NSDL at NCore and through Fedora Commons.

NSDL EduPak is a publicly available, lightweight version of NCore, established in 2008 as an open-source digital library platform of technology and standards that create a dynamic information layer on top of library resources. Based on Fedora open source repository software, NCore provides users, developers, information managers and decision-makers with systems for description, organization, interrelation and annotation of resources. Built using NCore components, EduPak is an all-in-one, open source, education digital repository solution bundle that provides a general platform for building digital libraries united by a common data model and interoperable applications.

Date and Time Format

Work being done at LC.
The Library of Congress, in conjunction with several partners, has initiated an effort to develop a simple XML date/time format that can be referenced by XML schemas. In the MODS schema, for example, date formats are restricted to 'w3cdtf' (defined as the W3C Date Time Format Note which is a profile of ISO 8601), 'iso8601' (defined as the alternative in ISO 8601 "basic" that specifies the form YYYYMMDD, etc. rather than the form with hyphens), and 'marc' (defined as the conventions used in the MARC 008/07-14 character positions). None of these really meets the requirements of a date time format for these schemas.

Please see which provides a rationale for this work and the requirements that it addresses. We would be pleased to hear of additional requirements or any other comments or suggestions.


News from LC about the PCC.
Implementation of Authentication Code "PCC" and Change in Coding Practice of 008/39 Cataloging Source Code in CONSER Records

042 code "pcc"

Beginning May 1, 2009 all CONSER institutions will use the authentication code "pcc" in place of codes "lcd" and "lc" in records newly authenticated and distributed as part of the CONSER Program. The code will be used in records for both serials and integrating resources.

Codes "lcd" and "lc" will remain valid in pre-existing records and will not be systematically changed to "pcc" at this time. Other authentication codes will remain valid and some may be used in combination with code "pcc," when appropriate.

008/39 code "c"

Beginning May 1, 2009 CONSER practice for coding the 008/39 cataloging source will also change. CONSER institutions, other than CONSER national libraries, will use code "c" (defined as "cooperative cataloging program") in all records - original or copy - authenticated and distributed as part of the CONSER Program, unless the record began as a record from a national library, in which case the source code will remain "blank". Previously, authenticated records based on existing OCLC member copy were coded "d" (defined as "other") by default.

Code "d" on existing authenticated records remains valid and will not be systematically changed to code "c" in the near future.

The coding practices of national bibliographic agencies participating in CONSER, (e.g. the Library of Congress, Library and Archives Canada, National Library of Medicine, and National Agricultural Library) will not change. These agencies will continue to use code blank in the 008/39 for original and previously unauthenticated OCLC records.