Friday, October 26, 2012

NSF Data Curation Workshop Report

Curating for Quality: Ensuring Data Quality to Enable New Science Final Report: Invitational Workshop Sponsored by the National Science Foundation September 10-­11, 2012 Arlington, VA USA.
The National Science Foundation sponsored a workshop on September 10 and 11, 2012, in Arlington, Virginia on “Curating for Quality: Ensuring Data Quality to Enable New Science.” Individuals from government, academic and industry settings gathered to discuss issues, strategies and priorities for ensuring quality in collections of data. This workshop aimed to define data quality research issues and potential solutions. The workshop objectives were organized into four clusters: (1) data quality criteria and contexts, (2) human and institutional factors, (3) tools for effective and painless curation, and (4) metrics for data quality.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

OLAC Conference Handouts

The OLAC Conference organizers came up with a terrific idea, using Dropbox to store and make available the conference handouts.
Find below a link to the dropbox for conference handouts. So far, we have the handouts for the FRBR workshop, the CONSER serials workshop, Digital Images, RDA (plus exercises), Video, and Sound Recording. All of the speakers have asked me to remind you that these slides and handouts may be updated as the conference approaches.

We'll be uploading more as we receive them!

We encourage you to download these slides and handouts to your mobile devices and laptops.

Your workshop assignments will be available in the conference packets when you register. If you registered for the full conference (as opposed to one day) you will received your first choice workshop, if you indicated a single first choice. Most conference goers will receive their top 4, and if not, very likely 4 of the top five. Everyone has access to all the handouts!

Cartographic Resources Cataloging Interest Meeting Summary

The latest issue of Baseline contains a summary of the ALCTS CaMMS/MAGIRT Cartographic Resources Cataloging Interest Group ALA Midwinter Meeting, Anaheim, CA Sunday, June 24, 2012. Topics discussed were cataloging maps in RDA and cartographic genre/form headings.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tod-Oirat-Old Kalmyk Romanization Table Approved

News from LC.
The ALA-LC Romanization tables are developed jointly by the Library of Congress (LC) and the American Library Association (ALA). Romanization schemes enable the cataloging of foreign language materials. Romanized cataloging in turn supports circulation, acquisitions, serials check-in, shelflisting, shelving, and reference, particularly in library catalogs that are unable to display non-roman alphabet information.

The ALCTS Committee on Cataloging: Asian and African Materials (CC:AAM) recently received and reviewed a proposal for new Tod-Oirat-Old Kalmyk romanization table. The table has subsequently been approved.

The Tod-Oirat-Old Kalmyk romanization table is now available for downloading from the ALA-LC Romanization Tables webpage.

Autosuggesting FAST Subjects

OCLC has announced a new Web service that Autosuggests FAST Subjects.
OCLC Research announces the availability of assignFAST, a new Web service that automates the manual selection of FAST Subjects (the Authorized and Use For headings) based on autosuggest technology.

Subject assignment is a two-phase task. The first phase is intellectual: reviewing the material and selecting the correct heading. The second phase is more mechanical: finding the correct form of the heading, along with any diacritics; cutting and pasting it into the cataloging interface; and potentially correcting formatting and subfield coding. If authority control is available in the interface, some of these tasks may be automated.

assignFAST consolidates the entire second phase of the manual process of subject assignment into a single step based on autosuggest technology. The service can easily be added to an existing browser based interface, providing both subject selection and authority control in a single step.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

OCLC COinS Generator

For many years OCLC NJ hosted a COinS generator. Just plug in a Pub Med ID or DOI and out came a COinS. I found it handy. Sadly it has been taken down.

Anyone know of a substitute for this service?