Friday, August 28, 2009

New Computer

Its time for a new computer for our home. Ours still works, but the kids' is just too slow and old. Cora and I are getting a new machine and the kids are getting our current one. Any suggestions? I think I'll pass on a modem, haven't used one in a few years and I can't see going back to dial-up. I think one DVD/CD-RW drive would be enough. Or should I get a blu-ray drive or 2 disc drives? What else don't I need anymore or should have just in case? Monitors have gotten much nicer in the past several years. Any suggestions? What would be a good general purpose home machine? I'm not into on-line gaming, so it does not need that kind of power. I might watch video downloaded from Netflix or Hulu. Thanks.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

WorldCat Search API and WorldCat Basic API

Positive news from OCLC about the WorldCat API.

New limit by holdings for WorldCat Search API

Good news for WorldCat Search API WSkey holders. The WorldCat Search API has been enhanced. You can now limit the results returned to an individual library's holding symbol, without authenticating the application's users, at all service levels. In lots of discussions with developers, people have asked for this feature. Yay, now it's here.

With this functionality update, the eligibility requirements for the WorldCat Search API have also been updated.

NB: ALL 200+ current WorldCat Search API WSKeys will remain active through at least Sept 1, 2010. This eligibility change should affect very few future requests for service. In addition, there is even more good news if your library doesn't currently qualify--or if you're a developer who is not connected to a library.

WorldCat Basic API planned
For a long time now, OCLC has wanted to provide a general Web service to WorldCat in addition to This wish is now becoming a reality. Later this year you'll have a simple API into WorldCat that anyone and everyone in the world can use, for noncommercial use. Called the WorldCat Basic API, it provides a mashable access point for lightweight apps built by developers who may or may not have ties to the library community.

The WorldCat Basic API is planned to use OpenSearch and return feeds in Atom and RSS. Results include OCLC number links to, ISBNs and formatted citations.

We're excited to announce these improvements and updates, expanding the range of developers able to include WorldCat and library data in their apps. Sign up for the Developer Network listserv (WC-DEVNET-L) if you haven't already, to hear when the WorldCat Basic API is available.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Moving Image Work-Level Records Task Force Papers

The Moving Image Work-Level Records Task Force has released several more papers.
3a: Operational Definitions: A Thought Experiment This document examines the types of information and guidance that will be needed by catalogers in order to create, enhance, correct, and maintain work/primary expression records for moving images, which we have often referred to as work records for short. It discusses five pieces of information that describe moving image works (title, director, original language, original date, and original aspect ratio) in an attempt to assess a representative sample of work-level data elements. It includes names, recommended usage (core, recommended, optional), operational definitions, guidelines for usage, and subelements for each data element. Subelements were included to try to address the need for data about data in a cooperatively-maintained, shared database.

3b: Data Sources This document examines a number of primary and secondary sources that include information about moving images works and provides brief annotations of coverage, assessment of reliability, and a list of elements covered in each source. Print, and free and subscription online sources are included. Information about these sources is being entered into a relational database in the hope that it can be made available on the web in a flexible manner (e.g., by element covered, types of works covered, level of reliability, online vs. print).

4 Appendix: Comparison of Selected Extracted MARC Data with External Sources This document compares the work-level data we extracted from MARC records for ten works with data in five online reference sources. The extracted data was generally accurate. The more prevalent problem was lack of data. It also examines the variation in metadata practice and fullness of data available from the external sources.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Book Covers

The other day I asked for suggestions about where to get book covers to include in the cataog. One comment suggest
This is an experimental tool that lets people compare what book covers are available through different APIs. It uses four underlying services to lookup that information: LibraryThing's covers API, OpenLibrary's JSON API, Amazon's Associates Web Service and Google's Books API.

Amazon web services are used in compliance with their terms. LibraryThing API is used with permission of Google's Book API is used in compliance with their terms.
Thanks for the suggestion.