Last week I was at Code4Lib 2009 and had a great time. I learned a lot about linked data, among other things — everyone who went is talking about linked data now — and I’ll be posting more about that. Jodi Schneider and I gave a talk and I’ll post the full details next. Until then, a few recent things to check out.
- Alastair Miles’s Code4RDA project page at Google Code. “This is an open source project to develop software for the Resource Description and Access (RDA) library standard. One goal of this work is to provide a bridge between RDA, the DCMI and the W3C Semantic Web Activity.”
- Read the revised and now final Statement of International Cataloguing Principles from IFLA. The English version (103 KB PDF) says “This statement replaces and broadens the scope of the Paris Principles from just textual works to all types of materials and from just the choice and form of entry to all aspects of bibliographic and authority data used in library catalogues. It includes not only principles and objectives (i.e., functions of the catalogue), but also guiding rules that should be included in cataloguing codes internationally, as well as guidance on search and retrieval capabilities…. This statement builds on the great cataloguing traditions of the world and also on the conceptual model in the IFLA Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR).”
- Building a “FRBR-Inspired” Catalog: The Perseus Digital Library Experience (1 MB PDF), by Alison Babeu, from January 2008. I just found out about it last week when I sat beside Alison at Code4Lib 2009. “In the fall of 2005, the Perseus Project experimented with creating a FRBRized catalog for its current online classics collection, a collection that consists of several hundred classical texts in Greek and Latin as well as reference works and scholarly commentaries regarding these works…. Our catalog should not be called a FRBR catalog perhaps, but instead a ‘FRBR Inspired catalog.’ As such our main goal has been “practical findability,” we are seeking to support the four identified user tasks of the FRBR model, or to “Search, Identify, Select, and Obtain,” rather than to create a FRBR catalog, per se.” It’s 87 pages long and very comprehensive. The Perseus Project is a great piece of work.
- John Updike and the Problem of the Original Text. Five expressions of Rabbit, Run.