Friday, December 18, 2009


XForms4lib is a new e-mail list for discussing the use of W3C XForms in connection with library metadata.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Open Source Institutional Repository Software Platform

The University of Rochester is pleased to announce the 1.0 production version of its new open source institutional repository software platform, IR+. The University has been running IR+ in production since August 2009.

The download

The website for the project.

IR+ includes the following features:
  • Repository Wide Statistics: download counts at the repository collection and publication level. The statistics excludes web crawler results, and includes the ability to retroactively remove previously unknown crawlers or download counts that should not be included, for more accurate statistical reporting.
  • Researcher Pages, to allow users (faculty, graduate students, researchers) to highlight their work and post their CV
  • Example of a current researcher
  • Ability to create "Personal publications" that allows users to have full control over their work and see download counts without publishing into the repository.
  • An online workspace where users can store files they are working on, and if needed, share files with colleagues or their thesis advisor.
  • Contributor pages where users can view download counts for all publications that they are associated with in the repository.
  • Example of a contributor page
  • Faceted Searching (example search for: Graduate Student Research)
  • Embargos (example below embargoed until 2011-01-01)
  • Name Authority Control (Notice changes in last name)
You can see the IR+ system customized for our university and in action.

A further explanation of highlights can be found on my researcher page here.

The documentation for the system (install/user/administration) with lots of pictures can be found on my researcher page here.

Adapted from the e-mail announcement

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

MARBI Papers for Review

The following papers are available for review by the MARC community:
  • Proposal 2010-01:Defining codes for online and direct access electronic resources in 008/23 and 008/29 (Form of item)
  • Proposal 2010-02: Addition of subfield $5 (Institution to which field applies) in the 80X-830 Series Added Entry Fields of the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format
  • Proposal No. 2010-03: Recording Place and Date of Capture in the MARC21 Bibliographic Format
  • Proposal No. 2010-04: New data elements in the MARC 21 Authority and Bibliographic Format for works and expressions
  • Proposal No. 2010-05: Adding subfield $3 (Materials specified) to field 034 (Coded Cartographic Mathematical Data) in the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Authority Formats
  • Discussion Paper No. 2010-DP01: ISBD punctuation in the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format
  • Discussion Paper No. 2010-DP02: Encoding URIs for controlled values in MARC records
  • Discussion Paper No. 2010-DP03: Encoding the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) and the International Standard Text Code (ISTC) in the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Authority Format

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mobile Apps

When folks talk of mobile they generally mean a smart phone or net book. One mobile device I've never seen mentioned is the DSi. With over seven million sold it should be at least mentioned. With my DS I can browse the Web over WiFi. It is also an MP3 player, and has a camera. It can include a calculator and clock and notepad. All this and I can play games. I can even play games and pass notes and pictures with others in the vicinity, no wires required. What else do I need to carry when I travel?

Kids are playing with these. Messing around with them, seeing what they do. What will they expect when they get a bit older?

Tags into RDFa

LODr looks interesting. It brings tagging, Web 2.0, into the Semantic Web, Web 3.0.
LODr is a RDF-based (re-)tagging service, that allows people to weave their Web 2.0 tagged data into the Linked Data Web and provides a dedicated browsing interface.

LODr is not yet another social tagging service, you will still be able to use Flickr for your pics, for your bookmarks, slideshare for your presentations, etc.
LODr will simply help you to:
  • aggregate data and get a single entry-point for all your tagged content from those services, and translate it into RDF, provinding RDFa export of each items using SIOC, FOAF, the Tag Ontology and DublinCore;
  • re-tag this content in a machine-understandable way, by using URIs of Semantic Web resources (or concepts) to model what your usual simpe-keywords tag mean thanks to MOAT. Once your content have been tagged this way, it becomes part of the Semantic Web and can be discovered by Semantic Web aware agents and services, such as Sindice, SWSE or SearchMonkey.
You will also be able to browse your own content locally thanks to your LODr interface, providing advanced data view, but also discover content created by other members of the LODr community, especially using the LODr tools. Moreover, as your data is hostel locally and available in RDF, you can easily reuse it or mash it up with other content.
Seen from a tag by ranti.

WorldCat API

Exciting news from OCLC.
Now anyone and everyone can create apps and mash-ups using library data from WorldCat, the world's largest library catalog. Because the WorldCat Basic API is here!

This new API is a simplified version of the WorldCat Search API. Send it RESTful URI queries in OpenSearch, and it retrieves results in RSS or Atom. The WorldCat Basic API can support up to 1,000/queries per day for noncommercial use. In addition, the WorldCat Basic API provides:

  • Information about books, videos, music and more in WorldCat
  • Information about authors, titles, ISBNs and OCLC numbers
  • Standard bibliographic citation formats in HTML (APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, and Turabian)
  • A link back to for geographically-sorted library information
  • An easy way to include library results in comparison-shopping Web sites, mobile or Facebook apps
To gain access to the WorldCat Basic API, select the WorldCat Basic API on the WorldCat Affiliates Tools page. Sign in with your WorldCat Affiliates account (or create a new one) and then you'll be taken to a specific site where your individual WS Key will be auto-generated. Note if you already have a WorldCat Search API WSKey through your institution, then you do NOT need a WorldCat Basic API WSKey.