Metadata

A web-siting at Yale: other editions and xISBN

I was looking at the Vufind implementation of the Yale University Library catalog – yufind – and was interested to see that it implements a link to OCLC’s xISBN service to pull together other editions of a displayed result. Here is an example where several versions of Krapp’s Last Tape are shown in the bottom … Continue reading A web-siting at Yale: other editions and xISBN

Reading lists, citation management and bibliographic tissue

Here is something I wrote a couple of years ago under the title Personal reference collections as digital libraries. A little updating of examples and I think it still holds: We will see much more activity connecting user environments and bibliographic resources. I am thinking of citation managers, reading lists, social bookmarking sites (see citulike … Continue reading Reading lists, citation management and bibliographic tissue

An all-through system? From Onix to MARC

One of the recommendations of the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control encouraged greater reliance on an ‘all-through’ system for bibliographic data, where data created upstream by publishers and others could be mobilized downstream by libraries. I was reminded of these words at the time. Records serve different requirements and needs and … Continue reading An all-through system? From Onix to MARC

Dublin core: the first fifteen years …

The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative celebrated fifteen years of existence on March 1st. The initiative began at a workshop in Dublin, Ohio, jointly organized by OCLC and NCSA. The second workshop inaugurated the series which has continued to this day morphing into the annual conference along the way. It was jointly organised by OCLC and … Continue reading Dublin core: the first fifteen years …

Name, rank and serial number

As authors are recognised as resources to be discovered, managed, ranked, and tracked, an interest in names and identifiers will continue to grow. A focus on research evaluation, reputation management, publication management drive this, as well as general information management issues in a web environment. Historically, national libraries have managed names within their jurisdictions. The … Continue reading Name, rank and serial number

Beyond bibliographic records

Our cataloging model revolves around the ‘manifestation’, the particular edition or version of a work that is to be added to the collection. This is also the unit of bibliographic exchange: we ship around MARC records which have data about ‘manifestations’. These are the ‘inputs’ into our catalogs and bibliographic systems. There is no necessary … Continue reading Beyond bibliographic records

Community bibliography

I prefer ‘crowdsourced’ to ‘user contributed’ but neither works very well for me. In particular ‘user contributed’ does not seem a good term at all for a variety of reasons. Anyway, I was looking at the new catalogue at Ottawa Public Library powered by Bibliocommons earlier (following a mention by Stephen Abram). There is much … Continue reading Community bibliography

Metadata sources

A while ago, I suggested that it was interesting to think about four sources of metadata in our systems and services: Professional. Produced by staff in support of particular business aims. Think of cataloging, or data produced within the book industry, or A&I data. Crowdsourced. Produced by users of systems.Think of tags, reviews and ratings … Continue reading Metadata sources

Metadata redux

I was asked in a meeting recently to define metadata. This prompts me to adapt some text recycled from All that is solid melts into flows* … Like most people ;-), I tend to think about metadata as ‘schematized assertions about resources’: schematized because patterned and machine understandable; assertions because they involve a claim about … Continue reading Metadata redux

Strategic reading and bouncing

I was very taken by Timothy Burke‘s presentation at the first open meeting of the Library of Congress Working Group on Bibliographic Control. What was especially interesting was how he outlined a variety of ways in which he needed to interact with the literature. In his own specialties, he expected to have comprehensive knowledge of … Continue reading Strategic reading and bouncing