Helping to Increase Access to Data

September 27, 2013  
 Posted in indexing, metadata, News

Celebrating ten years as an Open Access publisher, the PLOS (Public Library of Science) is pleased to share and celebrate their progress.

Collaboration Increases Access

September 25, 2013  
 Posted in indexing, News

The Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) is working with 13 libraries on three continents to beta test OCLC WorldShare Metadata Record Manager. This new feature offers new record management functionality to enhance a library’s ability to catalog its collections, including electronic, digital, and physical materials. Information Today brought this news to our attention in their article, “OCLC Working With Libraries to Test Record Management Functionality.”

Connecting Libraries Around the World

September 19, 2013  
 Posted in indexing, News

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has entered into an agreement with BiblioLabs. The result of this partnership will result in increased access to historical content and enable libraries, museums, and other institutions to make digital content from their internal repositories available to others. We found this topic on Consumer Electronics in their article, “EBSCO Announces Agreement to Sell Products from BiblioLabs and Include Metadata in EBSCO Discovery Service.”

Library of e-Books at Your Fingertips

September 17, 2013  
 Posted in indexing, metadata, News

For those of us who gave in and went to the “dark side” of publishing, i.e. e-readers, finding digital books that you can loan or borrow beyond the minimalistic approach Kindle offers has long been a dream. This is why when I read about Oyster, I literally thought I heard angels sing. Okay, maybe just one.

A Wealth of Nostalgia

September 13, 2013  
 Posted in indexing, News, search

What exactly is a virtual repository of metadata? The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), launched with a set of linked, accessible, digital materials from libraries, archives, and museums around the country. Their tag line is “A Wealth of Knowledge.”

Natural Language Doesn’t Always Come Naturally

August 19, 2013  
 Posted in Access Insights, Featured, semantic

One of our goals in creating taxonomies and thesauri is to express the concepts in natural language. Natural language means that you have written it the way somebody would say it. We don’t invert it.

Rewriting History

August 15, 2013  
 Posted in News, reference

With the future word inclusion policies of the Oxford English Dictionary unclear, various professionals were invited to attend a one-day international symposium. Stefan Dollinger, a lexicographer at the University of British Columbia, was one of the invited. Dollinger, one of two Canadians on the list, believes it is time the historic dictionary considers including English words […]

Theory of Knowledge: 19th and 20th Century Developments

April 29, 2013  
 Posted in Access Insights, Featured

In the 19th century, the study of the nature of knowledge came to be known as epistemology. The term was introduced by Scottish metaphysic James Frederick Ferrier (1808-1864). Epistemological writers explored how knowledge relates to connected notions, such as belief and truth. They also considered the means of production of knowledge. And to a large extent, they embraced skepticism. a mode of thinking that required information to be well supported by evidence before it could be accepted as fact, i.e., knowledge.

New Aggregate Digital Public Library

April 24, 2013  
 Posted in News, reference

The Digital Public Library of America launched a new website last week and become an independent nonprofit with the goal of pulling together vast resources for the public. A new platform will aggregate digital resources from libraries and museums across the United States. This library platform will not host any resources, but will provide open access to metadata about them. This information was found on Government Technology in their article, “Digital Public Library of America Opens Access to Resources.”

Stretching the Boundaries

April 5, 2013  
 Posted in News

Social media has gone to college. College libraries, that is. Reaching beyond the relationship status updates on Facebook, Harvard libraries set up Twitter feeds to broadcast the titles of books being checked out from campus libraries. Readers can return books to the “Awesome Box,” creating a data trail about what they consider great. “Awesomed” selections are then publicized via Twitter.

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