Thursday, March 21, 2013

Peeps at the Library

Easter is approaching, so it is Peeps season. Time to review 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.
The Georgetown Public Library Online Tour also features Peeps.

Tamashek Romanization

A proposal for a Tamashek romanization table is available for review. Comments on this proposed romanization table are being accepted until June 20, 2013.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

IA Summit

A List Apart is giving away a free ticket to the IA Summit in Baltimore April 5-7. A few of the talks:
  • Metadata in the Cross-Channel Ecosystem: Consistency, Context and Interoperability
  • Taxonomy for App Makers
  • Fringe IA: Understanding Complex Organizational, Data, & Technical Issues
  • Secrets of Audio Transcription in Improving UX Universally

Monday, March 18, 2013

Mapping Dublin Core Terms to the PROV-O OWL2 Ontology

Dublin Core to PROV Mapping, W3C Working Draft 12 March 2013 seeks comments.
This document describes a partial mapping from Dublin Core Terms [DCTERMS] to the PROV-O OWL2 ontology [PROV-O]. A substantial number of terms in the Dublin Core vocabulary provide information about the provenance of the resource. Translating these terms to PROV makes the contained provenance information explicit within a provenance chain. The mapping is expressed partly by direct RDFS/OWL mappings between properties and classes, which can be found here.

A formal ontology for historical maps

A formal ontology for historical maps by Eleni Gkadolou and Emmanuel Stefanakis was presented at the 26th International Cartographic Conference, August 25 –30, 2013,Dresden, Germany.
Historical maps are a major component of our scientific and cultural heritage collections. Apart from the aesthetic value of the artifacts, maps also deliver valuable historical and geographic information. In order to use the historical cartographic information effectively, the semantic documentation of maps becomes a necessity and ontologies are suggested to achieve this. This paper examines how the top level ontology CIDOC-CRM “handles” historical maps and presents a formal description of the “Carte de la nouvelle frontière Turco-Grecque”, a map attached to the Convention of Constantinople that set the borderlines between Greece and Ottoman Empire in 1881.