Friday, April 02, 2010

Basic Group 1 entities and relations of the FR...Image via Wikipedia

The Variations/FRBR project at Indiana University has announced the release of an initial set of XML Schemas for the encoding of FRBRized bibliographic data.
The Variations/FRBR project aims to provide a concrete testbed for the FRBR conceptual model, and these XML Schemas represent one step towards that goal by prescribing a concrete data format that instantiates the conceptual model. Our project has been watching recent work to represent the FRBR-based Resource Description and Access (RDA) element vocabulary in RDF; however, due to the fact that this work represents RDA data rather than FRBR data directly, and that much metadata work in libraries currently (though perhaps not permanently) operates in an XML rather than an RDF environment, we concluded an XML-based format for FRBR data directly was needed at this time. We view XML conforming to these Schemas to be one possible external representation of FRBRized data, and will be exploring other representations (including RDF) in the future. We define "implementing FRBR," as the conceptual models described in the companion FRBR and FRAD reports; at this time we are not actively working on the model defined in the draft FRSAD report. Perhaps the most notable feature of the Variations/FRBR XML Schemas is their existence at three "levels": frbr, which embodies faithfully only those features defined by the FRBR and FRAD reports; efrbr, which adds additional features we hope will make the data format more "useful"; and vfrbr, which both contracts and extends the FRBR and FRAD models to create a data representation optimized for the description of musical materials and we hope provides a model for other domain-specific applications of FRBR.

Pic2Shop iPhone app

OCLC has announced a library addition to the Pic2Shop iPhone app.
In case you haven't heard the news from earlier this week, the Pic2Shop iPhone app has recently done a new release that now incorporates library results, thanks to the WorldCat Search API and WorldCat Registry APIs.

North Texan

I'm in the article Evolution of a librarian in the North Texan, my alumni magazine. Makes my day.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

TLA and Subscription Agents

Looking forward to the Texas Library Association Conference (TLA). This year I'll be investigating subscription agents. This is new for us. Any suggestions? Anything I should look at that I might not think about?

Peep Research

Pink Marshmallow PeepsImage via Wikipedia

Once again Peeps are in the stores, so it is time to revisit Peep research, a study of small fluffy creatures and library usage.
Although scientific and health research has been conducted on Peeps, most notably that appearing on the Peep Research website (see, we have noted an absence of research focusing on the ability of Peeps themselves to actually do research. To address this lack, we invited a small group of Peeps to visit Staley Library at Millikin University during the week of March 17-21, 2003 so that we could more closely observe their research practices. This was determined to be an ideal week for the Peeps to visit the library, as Millikin University students were on spring break. The research that follows documents their visit to the library and provides some evaluative commentary on our assessment of Peeps and library usage.

MARC for Mark-up

The latest podcast from the Library 2.0 Gang, The Semantic Web and Linked Data by Karen Coyle is well worth a listen. One statement I found interesting, not sure if I agree but it got me thinking, was that MARC is a markup language rather than a data model or schema. One reason it was created was to automate the production of catalog cards. Interesting. Maybe something for a discussion in cataloging class.

April Fools

Librarians Give Permanence to Twitter by Andrew Pace is very clever. Well worth a read.

Monday, March 29, 2010

OLAC Newsletter

The OLAC Newsletter no. 30.1 for March 2010 is now available. Always a good read. OLAC Cataloger's Judgment by Jay Weitz is always the section I turn to first.