Friday, May 08, 2009


Good news from the Nature Publishing Group, they now provide OAI-PMH access to their publications. now has an OAI-PMH interface. This service implements the Protocol for Metadata Harvesting from the Open Archives Initiative. This means that the platform can now be queried by item, by title or by date range and that structured data records will be returned. All articles from over 150 titles can be accessed and dating back to 1869 for Nature magazine.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

NISO Open Teleconferences

NISO offers free Teleconferences most months. This month, May 11, it is either SSO Authentication (Website) or the Supply Chain of Metadata (email).
Join NISO on these free conference calls to learn about new projects within NISO as well as to provide the organization with feedback and input on areas where NISO ought to be engaged. NISO teleconferences are held from 3-4 p.m. (eastern) on the second Monday of each month (excepting July and September). To join, simply dial 877-375-2160 and enter the code: 17800743.
NISO is very busy, worth checking out all they are working on.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Music Metadata

The latest PNLA Quarterly contains Metadata in the Music File World by Maribel Alvarez. It is an overview of some metadata formats currently being used.

MOAI Server for Institutional Repositories

Repository rats and OAI folks might be find this useful. The MOAI Server 1.0 has been released.
Infrae is pleased to announce the first public release of the MOAI Server. MOAI is a platform that aggregates input from disparate sources and republishes it via the Open Archive Initiatives protocol for metadata harvesting. MOAI is built for institutional repositories that store relational metadata and asset files.

MOAI is open source software, released under a BSD license.

EPA System of Registries Conference

Folks in the greater Washington DC area might find the EPA System of Registries Conference interesting.
Access to high quality information is an important part of the mission of the EPA Office of Environmental Information.The Data Standards Branch supports that goal by providing registration services for important metadata (data about data) that describes systems, data, terminology, and technology components that can be used for understanding, building, transporting, and validating environmental information.Subject matter experts in metadata management provide guidance in how to implement best practices and automated services within environmental business processes.

The System of Registries (SoR) conference is an opportunity for members of the Data Standards Branch and their contractors to interact with the scientists, regulators, and decision makers that use environmental information as well as the information technology managers, oversight officials, and developers that use the registries and their services in a more direct way.Over the past several years all of the registries and services have undergone major enhancements and new registries are being added.This is a chance for trendsetters to evaluate how you might use the new capabilities in your program and in support of your mission.

Please register early to assure your spot at this interesting and no-cost event.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


Cora is hungry for an iPhone and I may get one with her. What would be the must-have apps, both in general and for a librarian?

Music Genre and Form Terms

News from MLA about genre and form terms.
The Music Library Association's Bibliographic Control Committee has formed the MLA-BCC Genre/Form Task Force to work collaboratively with the Library of Congress in developing the music portion of LC's genre/form thesaurus. The task force is reviewing the lists which LC has posted to its genre/form website and making suggestions to LC about new and existing terms. The task force is also gathering comments from the music community at large and from anyone with an interest in the music genre/form project. Comments can be made through July 1, 2009.

The task force has set up the following wiki to facilitate discussion about the project Anyone with comments or questions about existing music genre/form/medium terms, the LC lists, suggestions for additional terms and/or the music genre/form project in general should feel free to share their comments via this wiki. Instructions for setting up a pbworks account and leaving comments can be found at:

The official charge of the task force is as follows: The MLA-BCC Genre/Form Task Force will review the genre/form and medium of performance lists posted by the LC Policy and Standards Division (PSD) on their genre/form website. The group will suggest additional terms from LCSH, from other established lists (e.g., the MLA Types of Composition list, the Ethnographic Thesaurus), and from reference sources. Suggestions for genre/form and medium of performance terms will also be solicited from the MLA membership at large. The Task Force will vet the terms suggested by its members and by the MLA membership and will forward these terms on to PSD for possible inclusion in the genre/form and medium of performance lists. The initial phase of the project, the vetting and submission of terms, should be completed by the end of July 2009.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Folksonomies and Finding

Survival of the fittest tag: Folksonomies, findability, and the evolution of information organization by Alexis Wichowski appears in the latest First Monday.
Folksonomies have emerged as a means to create order in a rapidly expanding information environment whose existing means to organize content have been strained. This paper examines folksonomies from an evolutionary perspective, viewing the changing conditions of the information environment as having given rise to organization adaptations in order to ensure information "survival" — remaining findable. This essay traces historical information organization mechanisms, the conditions that gave rise to folksonomies, and the scholarly response, review, and recommendations for the future of folksonomies.

Map Tiler

MapTiler - Map Tile Cutter a Map Overlay Generator for Google Maps and Google Earth looks like a useful tool. It supports TIFF/GeoTIFF, MrSID, ECW, JPEG2000, Erdas HFA, NOAA BSB, JPEG files for conversion.
MapTiler is graphical application for online map publishing. Your map can create overlay of standard maps like Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, Microsoft VirtualEarth or OpenStreetMap and can be also visualized in 3D form by Google Earth. Only thing you have to do for publishing the map is to upload the automatically generated directory with tiles into your webserver.

Job Interview

Cora, my spouse, is interviewing for a position later today that she very much wants. Any positive thoughts, wishes, prayers for a successful interview are welcome.

Networking Names

Networking Names by Karen Smith-Yoshimura is an OCLC Research publication.
The fifteen members of the RLG Partners Networking Names Advisory Group1 collaborated on articulating the problem space that the research community needs to address and identify components of a “Cooperative Identities Hub” that would have the most impact across different target audiences. The group developed use case scenarios that provide the context in which different communities would benefit from aggregating information about persons and organizations, corporate and government bodies, and families, and making it available on a network level. This report summarizes the group’s recommendations on the functions and attributes needed to support the use case scenarios.
Comments welcomed at