Indexing History, Capturing Time

June 4, 2014  
 Posted in indexing, News

Historic audio and video footage is undergoing cataloguing and indexing as it gets closer to being fully integrated into the Visual History Archive. J. Michael Hagopian’s collection of 400 interviews of Armenian Genocide survivors and witnesses was handed over to the USC Shoah Foundation from the Armenian Film Foundation in an effort to preserve and integrate the collection.

Access to Information is Key

May 28, 2014  
 Posted in indexing, metadata, News, search

While the National Trust’s work in this regard has been invaluable, one specific group has fallen short of being “open to everyone” – the books that are housed in their libraries.

Taxonomy for Academic Publishers

May 13, 2014  
 Posted in metadata, News, search, Taxonomy

The School of Library and Information Science at San José State University (SJSU) is partnering with RedLink, a Silicon Valley startup, to develop a new taxonomy for academic publishers.

Three Librarians Walk Into a Casino

April 11, 2014  
 Posted in News, reference

If you are still on the fence about whether to attend the American Libraries Association (ALA) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas this summer, this bit of news might help you make your decision. There will be a special performance by the Oxford Commas, a band composed of librarians and university press editors who are dedicated to raising the grammatical standard in popular music. The set list will include such favorites as: Whom Do You Love?, You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet, and Two Out of Three Is Not Bad.

Webinar Address Authority Files

March 4, 2014  
 Posted in indexing, News

The American Society for Indexing is hosting a webinar titled – Creating Name Authority Files for Large Indexing Projects. Leading the event is Linda Dunn from Dunn Information Organization. Linda has been a periodical indexer for over thirty years and has been interested in authority files since she began indexing. Through her work with multiple databases she has become familiar with many types of authority files both proprietary and open source.

The Wide World of Vocabulary

February 25, 2014  
 Posted in News, reference

The average English-speaker knows between 25,000 and 40,000 words. The Oxford English Dictionary bills itself as the “definitive record of the English language.” To date, they have recorded 800,000 words and counting.

Information and Data Governance/Management – Adding Ideas From Complementary Disciplines

February 10, 2014  
 Posted in Access Insights, Featured, Standards

After critical business information has been identified at a high level and a focal has been assigned, best practices from complementary disciplines can be incorporated. Identify the main subjects for a business specific controlled vocabulary. Each company or organization develops its own language for talking about what it does. Like all languages, organizational languages are based on a common way of seeing and thinking. A technology or farm machinery company may use alphanumeric designations to identify thousands of products. An entertainment firm may use cryptic acronyms in discussing thousands of events or programs. An agricultural organization may talk about plans and events as they relate to “the harvest.” Even within one company, the language varies between departments. A finance department is likely to have a language that is different from the language used in research or operations departments.

Language Comes into the Future

January 27, 2014  
 Posted in News, reference, Technology

The Oxford English Dictionary is progressing towards a third edition with over 619,000 words compiled between its binding. To compile a dictionary of nearly every word in the English language was an endeavor typical of Victorian times. This mammoth-sized task resulted in the first installment emerging in 1884 with its contents “A to Ant.”

Learning Opportunities with the Access Staff

November 25, 2013  
 Posted in Access Insights, indexing, News, semantic

Several of the Access Innovations’ staff are still out and about as they wind up 2013. Check out these learning opportunities that just might be in your own neighborhood.

Data of Massive Instructions

November 8, 2013  
 Posted in metadata, News

Two billion is a large number, regardless of whether you are referring to dollars or granules of sand. WorldCat has reported the addition of its two billionth holding. This impressive and somewhat daunting piece of news was found on OCLC in their post, “WorldCat database reaches 2 billion holdings.”

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