Monday, September 28, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
In a recent blog post on VoxPopuLII, Amy Taylor of American University Washington discussed her efforts to start thinking about a legal research ontology. This blog post offers several things that can be helpful in getting a more practical understanding of Semantic Web concepts.
First, Amy mentions the book Semantic Web for Dummies as being a useful starting place for her own learning. Also, she describes the software Protege as being a tool for developing ontologies. Specifically, she mentions a tutorial called Pizzas in 10 Minutes, where you can use Protege to develop an ontology for pizzas. This looks like just the kind of hands-on practice I've been looking for.
Finally, Amy's rough sketch of her own legal research ontology is extremely useful in mapping out how Semantic Web ontologies might be useful in the world of law librarianship. This blog post is packed with useful information about applying Semantic Web concepts to the library world.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
|Source: Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository|
- Louis Mirando starts out the conversation with his keen observation that although the keynote speakers at the Canadian Association of Law Libraries in May all had their own unique vision about "The Future of Legal Publishing", they all converged at one particular place: "there is no future for loose-leaf publications, a publishing format on life support that should have died a natural death years ago." He details the curse of loose-leaf through history, succinctly summarizing the imbalance of perks for publishers and drawbacks for librarians and their patrons.
- Gary P. Rodrigues chimes in next and builds on this framework from his perspective as a publishing industry consultant. He clarifies the message and appeals to his colleagues: "The time... has come for Canadian legal publishers to listen to their customers and act on what they hear."
- David Collier-Brown, a guest poster from the computer science industry, paints a crystal clear picture of what end-users really want from their 'continually up-to-date' professional publications, as well as what they'll pay for. "In effect, I need looseleafs, except I really don't need them on paper in three-ring binders."
- Susan Munro, Director of Publications of Continuing Legal Education British Columbia, revists these earlier posts and weaves them together into a usable premise for legal publishers to hold on to as they plan their future steps: "The print version doesn't need to be up to the minute, but the online version does."
- Loose-Leaf Redux
Munro, Susan. Slaw: Canada's Online Legal Magazine.
- The Curse of Loose-Leaf Law Books
Mirando, Louis. Slaw: Canada's Online Legal Magazine.
- Loose Leaf Pain No One's Gain
Rodrigues, Gary P. Slaw: Canada's Online Legal Magazine.
- The Only Thing Wrong with Looseleafs Is They're Printed on Paper
Collier-Brown, David. Slaw: Canada's Online Legal Magazine.
- Law Library Plans for the Print Materials Collection http://www.primaryresearch.com/view_product.php?report_id=561
Primary Research Group.
- Study Examines the Shrinking Print Collection in Law Libraries
Giangrande, Mark. Law Librarians: Thinking Out Loud in the Blogosphere.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Many AALL TS-SIS members use MarcEdit in their daily work. Terry Reese the developer of MarcEdit has been working on an OS X version for most of the summer of 2015; but has also worked on some major features for the Windows version.
The OS X version has recently moved into "release" and Terry wrote about some of the major features and how much functional parity there is between the OS X and Windows/Linux versions: http://blog.reeset.net/archives/1791
For the Windows release there are two major features one is a "Build new field" tool and a access point (heading) validation tool. Be sure to check out the new headings validation functionality in the Windows release! Terry posted about how he expects the validate heading feature to work at: http://blog.reeset.net/archives/1775
The changelog for this recent release follows:
**************************** ** 1.1.25 ChangeLog **************************** Bug Fix: MarcEditor — changes may not be retained after save if you make manual edits following a global updated. Enhancement: Delimited Text Translator completed. Enhancement: Export Tab Delimited complete Enhancement: Validate Headings Tool complete Enhancement: Build New Field Tool Complete Enhancement: Build New Field Tool added to the Task Manager Update: Linked Data Tool — Added Embed OCLC Work option Update: Linked Data Tool — Enhance pattern matching Update: RDA Helper — Updated for parity with the Windows Version of MarcEdit * Update: MarcValidator — Enhancements to support better checking when looking at the mnemonic format. If you are on the Windows/Linux version – you’ll see the following changes: ************************************************* * 6.1.60 ChangeLog ************************************************* Update: Validate Headings — Updated patterns to improve the process for handling heading validation. Enhancement: Build New Field — Added a new global editing tool that provides a pattern-based approach to building new field data. Update: Added the Build New Field function to the Task Management tool. UI Updates: Specific to support Windows 10.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Key findings listed in the executive summary are listed:
- The shift in focus to people and communities
- Core values remain essential
- Competencies for future information professionals
- The MLS may not be relevant/necessary in all cases
- Access for all
- Social innovation and change
- Working with data and engaging in assessment
- Knowing and leveraging the community
- Learning/learning sciences, education and youth
- Digital assets and archival thinking
The "core competencies" for future information professionals include, "the ability to lead and manage projects and people; to facilitate learning and education ... Additionally, information professionals need marketing and advocacy skills; strong public speaking and written communication skills; a strong desire to work with the public; problem-solving and the ability to think and adapt instantaneously; knowledge of the principles and applications of fundraising, budgeting, and policymaking; and relationship building among staff, patrons, community partners, and fundraisers."
Perhaps our work is described in a deeper level of the report. Reading through the detail under "core values remain essential", one finds, among others, the concept of "Preservation and Heritage". This is described as "providing current and future access to records, both analog and digital." Another piece of our work seems to be categorized under "Working with Data and Engaging in Assessment", with a stated need for professionals who can "manage data assets and understand digital curation techniques." Under "Digital assets and archival thinking", the importance of information professionals who can help communities manage, curate and preserve their digital assets is mentioned.
Finally, in a table intended to summarize key topical areas of a future MLS curriculum, one of nine suggested content areas is "Digital Asset Management", described as the "ability to create, store, and access digital assets." Skills listed in this area are metadata, information organization, data storage and access/retrieval systems. It is interesting to note that the skills we think of as "cataloging" are only seen as applying to digital resources. Although this document is focused on the future, one feels a need to say "I'm not dead yet!" on behalf of more traditional metadata and resources.