Note: this is being posted simultaneously on two blogs: Metadata Matters and Coyle’s InFormation “Why don’t libraries just use FOAF for their Person metadata? Why do they insist on creating their own?” We don’t know how many times we have heard this on various lists. It often is not really posed as a question; in [...]
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When I used the word “curmudgeon” in my previous post, I had an apparently uncommon definition in mind: unflinching truth teller. I’ve actually taken minute pleasure in thinking of myself that way ever since, in the not-so-long ago I asked my new boss what my new role on the team would be and, knowing me, [...]
…in the RDA Ontologies. Do we? After all, they’re a big part of the ‘Access’ in Resource Description and Access (RDA). But they’re not particularly semantically meaningful, especially if you have the component parts available. An Access Point is just a structured string. For instance a ‘Publication Statement’ Access Point for “The Daytona daily news” [...]
Last week I was in the UK, primarily to attend a DCMI Registry Community Workshop organized by UKOLN, scheduled for Friday, July 24th. Early the following week we found out that as we were gathered in York discussing distributed registries, Rachel Heery passed away after a long battle with breast cancer. Rachel was one of [...]
This week, Karen Coyle wrote a post about LCSH as linked data: beyond “dash-dash” which provoked a discussion on the id.loc.gov discussion list. It seems to me that there are several memes at play in this conversation: LCSH and SKOS As Karen points out, LCSH is more than just a simple thesaurus. It’s also a [...]
I’m at the code4lib conference this week and I’m writing this as a reminder to myself for next year that, well, I just don’t care… I don’t care about the latest faceted search. I don’t care about the latest Open Source OPAC replacement. I don’t care about the latest Open Source ILS. I don’t care [...]
Despite the fact that I’ve been writing for years in lots of different venues—even some group blogs, I’ve never had one that was “mine” or even “partially mine.” I think part of my reticence was because I wasn’t really sure I wanted to feel that pressure, that “omigod, I haven’t posted for a week (month, [...]