Thursday, June 09, 2011


Logo Open Source InitiativeImage via WikipediaMFA Learning Technologies has announced the release of Ibidem, which is focused on the front end data entry process and provides user definable Lookup Tables. Ibidem exposes its content via OAI-PMH (thanks to OAICAT). "While Ibidem was developed primarily for religious ministries, it serves as a general purpose tool, suitable for building collections in any domain."

  • Pre-populated with these field sets:
    • Dublin Core
    • Extended Dublin Core
    • Our custom Religious Ministries set
  • Arbitrary number of custom field names (metadata)
  • Build custom field sets
  • Supports any file type
  • Multi-tenant: 1 installation supports arbitrary number of customers
  • User level security
  • Open Source

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Shuttle Launch

So excited. I'm going to the STS-135 shuttle launch as part of the NASATweetup. That means I get to view from the press area. That's as close as anyone except the astronauts and a couple of guys in a tank.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Metadata Authority and Description Schema 2.0

A logo of the Unites States Library of Congres...Image via WikipediaNews from LC.
The MODS/MADS Editorial Committee and the Library of Congress are pleased to announce a new version of the Metadata Authority and Description Schema, MADS version 2.0. This is the first major revision of MADS since its initial release in 2005. MADS web site:
MADS schema version 2.0:

Major changes in MADS 2.0 are:
  • Elimination of dependence on the MODS schema
  • Updated elements that are the same in MODS to reflect version 3 (e.g. added additional subelements under hierarchicalGeographic, added descriptionStandard under recordInfo)
  • Addition of authority URI and value URI for controlled lists
  • Addition of and elements
  • Addition of an otherType attribute on for relationship types not enumerated in the schema
  • Ability to specify if a subject heading can be subdivided geographically
A complete list of changes in MADS 2.0 may be found at MADS user guidelines are under development and will be made available soon. Please direct any comments or questions on the MADS 2.0 Schema, or MODS/MADS developments in general, to the MODS Listserv