Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Library Blog Awards

Salem Press is conducting the Library Blog Awards. Seems so five years ago, but still, nominate and vote for your favorite weblogs.

11 March Maybe I should have made it clearer that I was being factious with the "5 years ago" remark. Weblogs get much less press than they did back then. Now that all the "cool librarians" have moved on to Tumble logs, foursquare, and Twitter, weblogs get little press. I personally think they have a place in the distribution of information. I still listen to radio as well as podcasts; still read books as well as download audio books from the library. My RSS reader is subscribed to a few dozen weblogs.

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Omeka in the Cloud

Exciting news from Omeka
The Omeka team is reaching for the clouds. After more than a year of planning and development, we are very pleased to announce the impending arrival of, a hosted web service that will bring standards-based online collections and exhibitions to the internet cloud. Be first in line for an invitation to try the free Alpha, including a special bundle of plugins, themes, and storage, when it launches in April. will expand Omeka’s current offerings with a completely web-based service. No server or programming experience required. Similar to services offered by WordPress, the popular open-source blogging software, with the launch of users will be able to sign up for a free hosted Omeka site. Just create a username and password, and your online collection or exhibition is up and running.

This new hosted web service will further the Omeka project’s mission to make collections-based online publishing more accessible to small cultural heritage institutions, individual scholars, enthusiasts, educators, and students.

With, your online exhibit is one click away.
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OCLC is a founding member of the Open Identity Exchange (OIX).
Last week at RSA; the premier annual online security conference in San Francisco, the formation of a new organization was announced: Open Identity Exchange (OIX). OIX will establish a framework of 'standard' interoperable legal agreements. These agreements will be vetted and accepted by members of OIX and used to establish 'networks of trust'. OIX does not try to establish a single network of trust as the legal agreements for different types of activities will clearly need different legal agreements. Health Record sharing has different demands than Photo Sharing. The first trust network that has been established will enable people with OpenIDs or InfoCards issued by Google, Equifax and PayPal to access US government web sites.
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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Common Tag

Common Tag is an interesting project, it is an attempt to create more linked data.
Common Tag is an open tagging format developed to make content more connected, discoverable and engaging. Unlike free-text tags, Common Tags are references to unique, well-defined concepts, complete with metadata and their own URLs. With Common Tag, site owners can more easily create topic hubs, cross-promote their content, and enrich their pages with free data, images and widgets.
It uses RDFa. There is a tool, Zemanta, to help embed Common Tags in weblogs.

MARC 21 Update No. 11: Full and Concise available online

News from the Network Development and MARC Standards Office at LC.
Update No. 11 (February 2010) is now available on the MARC website ( It is integrated into the documentation for each of the Online Full and Concise formats that are maintained on that site -- the Bibliographic format, Authority format, Holdings format, Classification format, and Community Information format. The documentation includes changes made to the MARC 21 formats resulting from proposals which were considered by the ALA ALCTS/LITA/RUSA Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information Committee (MARBI), the Canadian Committee on MARC (CCM) and the BIC Bibliographic Standards Group in January 2010. Many of the changes in this update have been made to accommodate the new cataloging rules, Resource Description and Access (RDA). Note that no changes are needed to the Holdings, Classification, and Community Information Formats in this update.

The changes are indicated in red in Update 11. Update 10 (October 2009) changes have also been kept in red since that update was only recently issued and 10 and 11 are being combined. Each format also has an appendix, "Format Changes for Update No. 10 (October 2009) and Update No. 11 (February 2010)" that lists the changes that comprise the combined update. The Web version of the formats is the official version and is considered the start for implementation planning for MARC 21. Users are not expected to begin using the new features in the format until 60 days from the date of this announcement: May 5, 2010. For more information about format documentation see:

The printed version of the update will be available through the Cataloging Distribution Service in the future. The print format update will combine Updates 10 and 11 into one update dated 2009/February 2010. The printed publications will be announced when they are ready for distribution.