Knowledge organization and representation

Making things of interest Discoverable, Referencable, Relatable, …

I came across the Ernest Hemingway phrase ‘gradually, then suddenly’ in an online discussion recently. Here is the context on the useful Goodreads quotable quote page. It seemed a statement appropriate to our times, and especially apt to a recent phenomenon: the growing importance of large-scale knowledge bases which collect data about entities and make … Continue reading Making things of interest Discoverable, Referencable, Relatable, …

Linking not typing … knowledge organization at the network level

‘Knowledge organization’ seems a slightly quaint term now, but we don’t have a better in general use. Take the catalogue. This has been a knowledge organization tool. When an item is added, the goal is that it is related to the network of knowledge that is represented in the catalogue. In theory, this is achieved … Continue reading Linking not typing … knowledge organization at the network level

Nostalgia, the Dublin Irish Festival, and variant forms of names

The Dublin Irish Festival is on this weekend – Dublin, Ohio, that is. I notice that Moya Brennan is performing. As some folks will know, Moya Brennan is an Irish singer who was a member of the well-known family group, Clannad. They emerged in the 70s, playing very much in a traditional irish music idiom. … Continue reading Nostalgia, the Dublin Irish Festival, and variant forms of names

The idea of FRBR …

Not having a copy of The Idea of a university to hand, I was looking in Google Book Search and Amazon earlier. Newman is in the news (here is the Wall Street Journal), and I was curious to have a quick look. Sad to say, I even did a search for library to see what … Continue reading The idea of FRBR …

Curating the web …

A couple of recent events interestingly relate … First, I read in Search Engine Land of the resignation from Yahoo of Srinija Srinivasan. Srinavasan was once arguably “the most powerful person in search” writes Danny Sullivan. This was when “humans edited the web” and Yahoo emerged as its central directory. Srinivasan oversaw this activity. Sullivan … Continue reading Curating the web …

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

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

Bruges Public Library catalogue

Prompted by a recent entry, I got a note from Koen Calis, Librarian Bruges Public Library, about their catalogue, Cabrio. Here is quite a full presentation which covers a range of interesting feature: Cabriology The Bruges Aquabrowser Experience View more presentations from Koen Calis. I was interested in their adaptation of my colleague Robin Murray’s … Continue reading Bruges Public Library catalogue

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

Worldcat Local usability results and FRBR

I posted a while ago about the potential benefits of sharing usability results between libraries, and there was some interest in Worldcat usability testing at the time. In that context, some readers may be interested in the following report which OCLC prepared for distribution at ALA: Some Findings from WorldCat Local Usability Tests Prepared for … Continue reading Worldcat Local usability results and FRBR