Google and OAI-PMH

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 our support of OAI-PMH is … Continue reading Google and OAI-PMH

Engaging academic users in a library service

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 drive discussion for the OCUL … Continue reading Engaging academic users in a library service

Let me be open with you …

‘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. The storm in a teacup … Continue reading Let me be open with you …

Cataloging and standards

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 them by the same rules. … Continue reading Cataloging and standards

Intelligence metadata

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 and Defense Department Chief Information … Continue reading Intelligence metadata

Search web service

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 simultaneously with the same or … Continue reading Search web service

Identifiers again: names

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 will reliably and uniquely … Continue reading Identifiers again: names

Resolving the serials supply chain

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 content hosts, subscription agents, link … Continue reading Resolving the serials supply chain

Models of metadata and sharing slides

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 slide 29 or click here. … Continue reading Models of metadata and sharing slides

Standards: libraries, research and learning

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.