Friday, February 08, 2013

Security Issue

Ruby and Ruby on Rails have been widely used by the library coding community. In the past few weeks major security flaws have exposed in the tools. A List Apart (the other ALA) has an informative article on the topic, De-Railing Security Bugs.

I'm not sure what the Code4Lib folks have done about this issue.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

VIAFbot Video

A video showing OCLC Research Wikipedian in Residence Max Klein and Senior Program Officer Merrilee Proffitt discussing the results of having Max's "VIAFbot" link Virtual International Authority File records to Wikipedia references.

OPAC Design

Catalog by Design | The User Experience by Aaron Schmidt appeared in the latest Library Journal. It has created quite a heated exchange on AUTOCAT.
Aside from paying very little attention to visual design and not caring about the impact of horrible typography, the big problem with library catalogs is that they are not designed to help people accomplish library tasks. Instead, they’re designed to expose catalog records. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is totally backward—prioritizing the collection, not people, results in a user-hostile interaction design and a poor user experience. Imagine the reverse: a tool that prioritizes helping people accomplish their tasks, whereby bibliographic data exists quietly in the background and is exposed only when useful.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

NISO Newsletter

The latest issue of the NISO Newsline is available. Some of the topics include:
  • NISO and NFAIS Publish Recommended Practices for Online Supplemental Journal Article Materials
  • NISO Launches New Initiative to Develop Standard for Open Access Metadata and Indicators
  • NISO and OAI Release Draft for Comments of ResourceSync Framework Specification
  • ISO 22274:2013, Systems to manage terminology, knowledge and content Concept-related aspects for developing and internationalizing classification systems
  • ISO/IEC 20944:2013, Information technology Metadata Registries Interoperability and Bindings (MDR-IB)
  • W3C Working Draft, RDF 1.1 Concepts and Abstract Syntax
  • W3C Proposed Recommendation, SPARQL 1.1 Protocol
  • W3C Working Draft, Linked Data Platform Use Cases and Requirements

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Additions to MARC Code List for Relators

News from LC.
The following relator codes have been recently approved and will be added to the MARC Code List for Relators for usage in appropriate fields and elements.

The codes should not be used in exchange records until 60 days after the date of this notice to provide implementers time to include newly-defined codes in any validation tables.

provider Use for a person or organization who produces, publishes, manufactures, or distributes a resource if specific codes are not desired (e.g. [mfr], [pbl]).
recordist Use for a person or organization who uses a recording device to capture sounds and/or video during a recording session, including field recordings of natural sounds, folkloric events, music, etc.
setting Use for an entity in which the activity or plot of a work takes place, e.g. a geographic place, a time period, a building, an event.

Synchronizing Metadata and Resources Standards

NISO and Open Archives Initiative (OAI) project are working together on standards for synchronizing both metadata and Resources, ResourceSync.
ResourceSync will research, develop, prototype, test, and deploy mechanisms for the large-scale synchronization of web resources. ResourceSync is a joint cooperation between NISO and the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) team, with work funded by the Sloan Foundation2. Building on the OAI-PMH strategies for synchronizing metadata, this project will enhance that specification using modern web technologies, but will allow for the synchronization of the objects themselves, not just their metadata.
Much of the discussion is taking place on Google+.