This interesting topic came from The Ancient World Online blog, in their post,”Reception of Antiquity in a Semantic Network: Digital Books, Images and Objects.” The aim of the project “Reception of Antiquity in a Semantic Network” within the Arachne database is the development and provision of web-based prints from the period between 1500 and 1830. The project encompasses reconstruction and online publication of about 1700 prints that appeared between 1500 and 1900, as well. A total of 2,300 engravings have been processed in this extensive digital indexing project, which spanned 4 1/2 years.
EBSCO Information Services fully supports the final recommendations of the Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) working group for best practices for discovery services. In the ODI, several objectives are identified as follows: metadata sharing, fair or unbiased linking from discovery services to publisher content, and the provision of usage statistics.
Those of us in the world of taxonomies understand the importance of consistency and standards. So when the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) recently published a Recommendation of HTML5, the fifth major revision of the format used to build Web pages and applications, and the cornerstone of the Open Web Platform, we got a little excited.
The news of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarding a $500,000, three-year National Leadership Grant to four partner organizations is being celebrated. It is safe to say the four organizations – the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Montana State University, OCLC Research, and the University of New Mexico— are certainly celebrating the grants to perform research and recommend best practices that will improve data collection and information sharing for institutional repositories and digitized collections.
As you know we like to be as helpful as possible to those in the fields of taxonomy, indexing, ontology, etc., by sharing career opportunities that we find with our readers. However, this find actually sparked a topic of its own.
The Joint Steering Committee for Development of the Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard will be meeting next week in Washington, DC, where they will consider an extensive agenda of proposals for revising RDA. You can follow along with the proceedings and decisions here.
The Association for Information Management (ASLIB) is offering a course on Thesaurus Basics. It is a distance learning platform and is scheduled for October 15, 2014. This course introduces the ideas behind the thesaurus, the most sophisticated gold-standard controlled vocabulary for information organization and retrieval. It enables participants to understand what thesauri are, why and how they are used, and why they are worth the intellectual effort needed to construct and maintain them.
Alfresco and Active Navigation have begun a new technology partnership to tackle specific content challenges associated with record organization and retention.
Under pressure from online retailers, those in the real world are finding the battle to stay relevant tough. Many, but not all, have decided to do a hybrid e-Commerce option to their walk-in point of sale. For some, the learning curve of e-Commerce is a bigger challenge than they are prepared to take on.
There is constant conversation about technology, performance, and storage in the world of information services. It appears to be a never-ending cycle of regenerating work all focused on getting the optimal performance out of our technology at any one moment in time.