Friday, July 23, 2010
OCLC Cooperative eNews, vol. 1, no. 9 (July 2010)
Saturday, July 17, 2010
In addition to our ideas for search, we’re also excited about the possibilities for Freebase, Metaweb’s free and open database of over 12 million things, including movies, books, TV shows, celebrities, locations, companies and more. Google and Metaweb plan to maintain Freebase as a free and open database for the world. Better yet, we plan to contribute to and further develop Freebase and would be delighted if other web companies use and contribute to the data. We believe that by improving Freebase, it will be a tremendous resource to make the web richer for everyone. And to the extent the web becomes a better place, this is good for webmasters and good for users.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Actually, if you use the tag "linked data cloud" to search the NYT archive, there are several articles on their decision to release their thesaurus to the Linked Data Cloud, how they did it using RDF and SKOS, and how you can get ahold of their thesaurus to do anything you want with as well as an example of a little application created with the data. It's fascinating.
Thanks to Kathy Winzer of the Robert Crown Library at Stanford Law School for pointing me to the original article.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
In addition to improved stability, the new release includes several features missing from the previous release candidate:
* Flexible support for non-MARC metadata formats
* A mobile interface
* Dewey Decimal support
* Integration with Serials Solutions' Summon
* Dynamic "recommendations modules" to complement search results with relevant tips
Here is the description of VuFind from their home page.
VuFind is a library resource portal designed and developed for libraries by libraries. The goal of VuFind is to enable your users to search and browse through all of your library's resources by replacing the traditional OPAC to include:
* Catalog Records
* Locally Cached Journals
* Digital Library Items
* Institutional Repository
* Institutional Bibliography
* Other Library Collections and Resources
VuFind is completely modular so you can implement just the basic system, or all of the components. And since it's open source, you can modify the modules to best fit your need or you can add new modules to extend your resource offerings.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
On June 15, 2010, OCLC released a statement entitled: OCLC Policy Statement on RDA Cataloging in WorldCat for the U.S. Testing Period (available at: http://www.oclc.org/us/en/rda/policy.htm)
Catalogers who are familiar with RDA rules may begin to contribute original cataloging to WorldCat using RDA, or wait for the results of the RDA testing. All RDA records should be coded 040 $e "rda" and "$b eng". To see sample RDA records in WorldCat, RDA records may be searched via the new OCLC index: Descriptive conventions (label "dx:" in the Connexion Browser).