Standards

  • Research information management systems - a new service category?October 26, 2014 – It has been interesting watching Research Information Management or RIM emerge as a new service category in the last couple of years. RIM is supported by a particular system category, the Research Information Management System (RIMs), sometimes referred to by an earlier name, the CRIS (Current Research Information System). For...read full entry...
  • An all-through system? From Onix to MARCApril 11, 2010 – 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...read full entry...
  • Dublin core: the first fifteen years ...March 14, 2010 – 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...read full entry...
  • Name, rank and serial numberFebruary 26, 2010 – 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...read full entry...
  • VIAF design patternJanuary 03, 2010 – A blog entry by Paul Walk - An infrastructure service anti-pattern - drew some attention a while ago. He argues against a model in which a service provider independently develops APIs and a user interface, and in which, accordingly, the APIs are developed in advance of actual use or explicit...read full entry...
  • Data flows in the book worldJune 14, 2009 – One of the recommendations of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control was that ways should be found of harnessing publisher data upstream of the cataloging process. The rationale was that this would make data about materials available earlier and reduce overall creation effort. OCLC...read full entry...
  • Articles on structured data: matching, mining and mixingApril 19, 2009 – The current issue of Library Resources and Technical Services (not on the web) has a couple of interesting articles which touch on the complications of processing inconsistent data. Creating organization name authority within an ERM system Kristen Blake and Jackquie Samples LRTS 53(2) April 2009 p 94-107 This article looks...read full entry...
  • QOTD: IBM and standardsOctober 23, 2008 – On the politics and business of standards making ..... Bob Sutor, vice president of open source and standards, tells me that Big Blue has decided to cast a cold eye over the performance of the standards bodies it belongs to - which number “several hundred” - and may drop its...read full entry...
  • djatoka, OpenURL and OOMRef-JOctober 10, 2008 – djatoka, "A Reuse Friendly, Open Source JPEG 2000 Image Server" developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Research Library, was released recently. An article in D-Lib Magazine by Ryan Chute and Herbert Van de Sompel introduces it. A particular feature of the approach is its use of the OpenURL as enabling...read full entry...
  • Flexibility may not be a good design goalSeptember 26, 2008 – Jerry McDonough has written an interesting and important article about XML, interoperability, and the social context of standards making: Structural Metadata and the Social Limitation of Interoperability: A Sociotechnical View of XML and Digital Library Standards Development. Drawing on a number of examples he presents a strong conclusion: The digital...read full entry...
  • Google and OAI-PMHApril 24, 2008 – There is an interesting note on the Google Webmaster Central Blog: When we originally launched Sitemaps, we included support for the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) 2.0 protocol, an interoperability framework based on metadata harvesting. In the meantime, however, we've found that the information we gain from...read full entry...
  • Engaging academic users in a library serviceMarch 09, 2008 – OCUL (Ontario Council of University Libraries) has released a nice white paper which discusses issues in providing an end-user access environment for its shared resources, and more interestingly, how that environment engages with the behaviors and expectations of its academic users. This document (pdf) was created to highlight opportunities and...read full entry...
  • Let me be open with you ...February 03, 2008 – 'open' is a word that usually needs to be qualified to be of any use in our conversations. Simply standing on its own it is not clear what it means. Unless qualified the word is like 'home made', 'new' or 'natural', a widely applied promotional label with little informational value....read full entry...
  • Cataloging and standardsJanuary 18, 2008 – Bob Wolven has an interesting piece in netConnect about cataloging. He mentions our approach to standards, among other things. Perhaps worse, the kind of consensus we have demanded drives us toward complexity. Our libraries acquire a vast and wildly diverse set of resources, yet we insist on treating all of...read full entry...
  • Intelligence metadataJanuary 09, 2008 – An interesting announcement about some metadata standards from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) which use Dublin Core. Dale Meyerrose, mentioned in the quote, is associate director of national intelligence and chief information officer at ODNI. These standards are a part of a broader attempt by Meyerrose...read full entry...
  • Search web serviceNovember 09, 2007 – Under the auspices of OASIS appears a discussion document about the 'search web service'. The Search web service is a means of opening a database to external enquiry in a standardized manner that facilitates discovery of query and response possibilities and makes it possible for heterogeneous databases to be queried...read full entry...
  • Identifiers again: namesOctober 04, 2007 – One area where growing interest in identifiers is very clear is that of people, particularly in their role as authors or creators. In this context, the Names Project in the UK is interesting:The project is going to scope the requirements of UK institutional and subject repositories for a service that...read full entry...
  • Resolving the serials supply chainMay 29, 2007 – Link resolvers and the serials supply chain [pdf] is the title of an interesting report commissioned by the UK Serials Group and written by James Culling. From the summary: The current knowledge base data supply chain is characterized by a complex series of roles, relationships and inter-dependencies between publishers, other...read full entry...
  • Models of metadata and sharing slidesMarch 14, 2007 – I was looking at the metadata framework proposed by Karen Coyle, Diane Hillman, Jonathan Rochkind and Paul Weiss and was interested to see that the categories they use mapped pretty well onto the categories I have sometimes used when talking about library and related metadata and interoperability. Go forward to...read full entry...
  • Standards: libraries, research and learningJanuary 18, 2007 – I came across the helpful JISC Standards Catalogue while checking something for a presentation. It is in the form of a Wiki maintained by UKOLN and provides descriptive information about standards of interest to the educational community....read full entry...
  • Standards for D2DJanuary 15, 2007 – JISC, ALPSP, Crossref, and The Publishers' Association sponsored a conference - Discovery and access - standards and the information chain - in December. The proceedings are now available, as is a summary. This is really an excellent set of presentations from knowledgeable presenters, and they all repay reading. I was...read full entry...
  • Search protocolsOctober 31, 2006 – Ralph Levan has a succinct article in the current Information Technology and Libraries explicating the current profusion of search protocols by placing them on a continuum of complexity. Here is the e-print. LeVan, Ralph. 2006. "OpenSearch and SRU: A Continuum of Searching." Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), 25,3 (September): 151-153....read full entry...
  • Q6August 11, 2006 – My colleague Jeff Young has a blog - Q6 - where he is discussing issues around the design and deployment of OpenURL 1.0. it is aimed at those with some familiarity with OpenURL.The first thing to notice is that OpenURL 1.0 blows the doors off of OpenURL 0.1. OpenURL is...read full entry...
  • Systemwide discovery and deliveryDecember 22, 2005 – Judith Pearce of the National Library of Australia has written a really good paper on the emerging shape of resource discovery and delivery, with some contribution from my OCLC Pica colleague Janifer Gatenby. It takes a systemwide perspective: so the focus is on what we somtimes call resource sharing. I...read full entry...
  • QA briefingsDecember 01, 2005 – The QA Focus was an activity provided by UKOLN and the AHDS to JISC projects. Now finished, it continues to make available eighty briefing documents on various aspects of information service development and management, which seem like a useful resource. Each is a short, pragmatic introduction to a topic. A...read full entry...
  • Bridging to user environments - 3GOctober 24, 2005 – Think of services provided to human interfaces as P-services - where p stands for person (or presentation). Think of services provided to machine interfaces as M-services where m stands for machine (or mediated). Our dominant model of delivery is P-service, a web interface oriented for presentation to human users. M-services...read full entry...
  • From metasearch to distributed information environmentsOctober 09, 2005 – The papers from the recent NISO OpenURL and Metasearch meeting provide a very useful roundup of the state-of-the-art in the declared subject area. But they also touch on other topics facing libraries as they construct distributed information environments. Some things that lodged with me as I skimmed powerpoint:One stop shop...read full entry...
  • New model library system vendorsSeptember 05, 2005 – The formation of SirsiDynix prompted a couple of interesting posts. Kenton Good predicted that there would be another coming together this year and wondered would it be Innovative Interfaces and Endeavor Information Systems. He speculated that:Ex Libris feeling isolated will radically shift their business model. Leveraging their plans to modularize...read full entry...
  • StandardsMay 25, 2005 – NISO commissioned a Blue Ribbon Panel, chaired by Cliff Lynch, to advise on its strategic planning process. [Full disclosure: I was a member of the panel.] The report of the Panel [pdf] is now available and makes compelling reading for anybody interested in how standards work is organized - or...read full entry...
  • Preservation eventsMay 24, 2005 –  The PREMIS Working Group has published the Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata: Final Report of the PREMIS Working Group. Find the report and its components on the PREMIS project web page. This group was chaired by Priscilla Caplan and Rebecca Guenther and supported by Brian Lavoie and Robin Dale....read full entry...