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FOSS4Lib Recent Releases: ResCarta Toolkit - 5.1.0

Wed, 2015-02-11 21:37
Package: ResCarta ToolkitRelease Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015

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ResCarta Toolkit version 5.1.0 incorporates one-click OCR and one-click AAT. The toolkit includes the Tesseract OCR engine for conversion of image to text and CMU Sphinx for transcription of audio files. The included Apache Tomcat server hosts the ResCarta-Web application which can perform full text search against both text and audio objects.

Nicole Engard: Bookmarks for February 11, 2015

Wed, 2015-02-11 20:30

Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href=

  • Casetext Casetext is a public legal research tool and online community. Search millions of cases and statutes, for free, annotated with insights contributed by the legal community. Linking commentary to a legal database gives authors a platform to demonstrate thought leadership to the roughly 250,000 people researching on Casetext each month. Together we’re changing legal research.

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LITA: 2015 LITA Forum – Call for Proposals

Wed, 2015-02-11 20:11

The 2015 LITA Forum Committee seeks proposals for excellent pre-conferences, concurrent sessions, and poster sessions for the 18th annual Forum of the Library Information and Technology Association, to be held in Minneapolis Minnesota, November. 12-15, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. This year will feature additional programming in collaboration with LLAMA, the Library Leadership & Management Association.

The Forum Committee welcomes creative program proposals related to all types of libraries: public, school, academic, government, special, and corporate.

Proposals could relate to any of the following topics:

• Cooperation & collaboration
• Scalability and sustainability of library services and tools
• Researcher information networks
• Practical applications of linked data
• Large- and small-scale resource sharing
• User experience & users
• Library spaces (virtual or physical)
• “Big Data” — work in discovery, preservation, or documentation
• Data driven libraries or related assessment projects
• Management of technology in libraries
• Anything else that relates to library information technology

Proposals may cover projects, plans, ideas, or recent discoveries. We accept proposals on any aspect of library and information technology, even if not covered by the above list. The committee particularly invites submissions from first time presenters, library school students, and individuals from diverse backgrounds. Submit your proposal through by February 28, 2015.

Presentations must have a technological focus and pertain to libraries. Presentations that incorporate audience participation are encouraged. The format of the presentations may include single- or multi-speaker formats, panel discussions, moderated discussions, case studies and/or demonstrations of projects.

Vendors wishing to submit a proposal should partner with a library representative who is testing/using the product.

Presenters will submit draft presentation slides and/or handouts on ALA Connect in advance of the Forum and will submit final presentation slides or electronic content (video, audio, etc.) to be made available on the web site following the event. Presenters are expected to register and participate in the Forum as attendees; discounted registration will be offered.

Please submit your proposal through

More information about LITA is available from the LITA website, Facebook and Twitter.

District Dispatch: Just in time free webinar: PLA and OITP share last-minute E-rate information Feb 19

Wed, 2015-02-11 19:36

March Madness has a whole different meaning for libraries involved in the 2015 E-rate application process. The application window, when libraries file the forms that initiate their E-rate applications, closes on March 26 at midnight eastern time. In the next 43 days, libraries will be “heads down” working through the E-rate rules to make sure the forms are filed correctly.

Though the recent E-rate Modernization proceeding wrapped up at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), E-rate applicants are now navigating the changes that impact the current application year, and many questions have surfaced—from how to determine the library’s discount calculation to determining the “main” library for Category 2 purposes. The Schools and Libraries Division of USAC has diligently provided updates and helpful tips through its newsletter and website to help applicants.

To provide even more information during the critical filing period, the Public Library Association (PLA) and ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) have teamed up to provide a just in time webinar that offers important tips and last-minute information to help libraries work through the remaining days of the 2015 application window.

While we’re all thinking about 2015, when the window closes on March 26, it’s not too soon to start planning for next year and thus we will also cover some key issues to keep in mind for 2016. We also will provide an overview of ALA’s ongoing outreach and support efforts to reach our goal of doubling library E-rate funding in the coming five years. Join Bob Bocher, OITP Fellow and seasoned E-rate expert, and me for this free E-rate webinar. Be sure to bring your questions (and sense of humor) on Thursday, February 19, at 2 pm EST.

Register for the free webinar. The webinar will be archived. Hope you can join us.

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Chris Prom: ADER Accession Tracking Spreadsheet

Wed, 2015-02-11 19:02

We’re building out a basic tracking spreadsheet for use in the SAA DAS Course, Arrangement and Description of Electronic Records:

Chris Prom: E-Records Examples

Wed, 2015-02-11 19:01

Here are a few examples of Processed Electonic Records, as cited in my SAA DAS course, Arrangment and Description of Electronic Records

Organizational Records

Personal Papers

DPLA: DPLA releases Krikri 0.1.3

Wed, 2015-02-11 18:51

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is happy to announce the release of Krikri version 0.1.3, a Ruby on Rails engine for metadata aggregation, enhancement, and quality control. DPLA uses Krikri as part of Heiðrún, its new metadata ingestion system.

Krikri 0.1.3 includes the following features:
  • Harvesting metadata from OAI-PMH providers, and support for building other harvesters
  • Creating RDF metadata models, with specific support for the DPLA Metadata Application Profile
  • Parsing metadata and mapping to RDF graphs using a Domain Specific Language
  • Persistence for graphs and objects using the Linked Data Platform specification
  • Enrichments for mapped metadata, including date parsing and normalization, stripping and splitting on punctuation, and more
  • Queuing and association of jobs to metadata using provenance information
  • A basic quality assurance interface, including record browse and search, a record-graph comparison view, and reports on conformance to your metadata application profile
Krikri and Heiðrún are open source software, released under the MIT License. Krikri and Heiðrún are built on top of other open source components, including Apache Marmotta, Apache Solr, ActiveTriples, Blacklight, and Resque. More information about Krikri and Heiðrún can be found at the following links:

LITA: Jobs in Information Technology: February 11

Wed, 2015-02-11 18:43

New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12 noon Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listing. Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.

New This Week

Digital Curation Librarian, Fort Hays State University-Forsyth Library, Hays, KS

Emerging Technologies Coordinator, Science and Engineering Division, Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, New York, NY

Librarian – Systems and Technologies, Santa Barbara City College Luria Library, Santa Barbara, CA

Visit the LITA Job Site for more available jobs and for information on submitting a  job posting.

District Dispatch: ALA applauds legislation for increased Wi-Fi spectrum

Wed, 2015-02-11 16:16

Today, Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) reintroduced the Wi-Fi Innovation Act (S.424), which would help ensure that our nation’s libraries and their communities have access to the spectrum needed to meet growing demands for wireless access. The legislation would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to conduct a feasibility study on providing additional unlicensed spectrum in the upper 5Ghz spectrum band.

“We welcome this bipartisan effort from Senators Rubio and Booker to improve access to the Internet,” said ALA President Courtney Young in a statement. “Libraries are first responders in providing information and services for people across the country, and robust Wi-Fi is an increasingly important library service. By offering no-fee public access to the Internet via wireless connections, libraries serve as community technology hubs that enable digital opportunity and full participation in the nation’s economy.”

Public libraries are the most common public Wi-Fi access point for African-Americans and Latinos—with roughly one-third of these communities using public library Wi-Fi. This is true for 23 percent of white people, who list school as their top public Wi-Fi spot. Virtually all (98 percent) public libraries now offer Wi-Fi, up from 18 percent a decade ago.

“There is increasing demand to support the growing universe of wireless devices and services, and making more unlicensed spectrum available is critical,” Young concluded.

Companion legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), and cosponsored by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA).

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Journal of Web Librarianship: No new items

Wed, 2015-02-11 12:42
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Hydra Project: Share your Cool Tools, Daring Demos and Fab Features at Open Repositories 2015

Wed, 2015-02-11 11:02

Of interest to the community:


Open Repositories 2015 DEVELOPER TRACK

June 8-11, 2015, Indianapolis, Indiana,

*** Deadline 13th March 2015 ***

Cool Tools, Daring Demos and Fab Features

The OR2015 developer track presents an opportunity to share the latest developments across the technical community. We will be running informal sessions of presentations and demonstrations showcasing community expertise and progress:

What cool development tools, frameworks, languages and technologies could you not get on without?

Is there a particular technique or process that you find apt for solving particular day-to-day repository problems?  Demonstrate it to the community.  Extra credit for command-line shenanigans and live debugging.

What new features (however small) have you added to your organisation’s repository?  What technologies were used and how did you arrive at your solution?

Presentations will be flexibly timed (5 to 20 minutes). Live demos, code repositories, ssh, hacking and audience participation are encouraged.

Submissions should take the form of a title and short paragraph detailing what will be shared with the community (including the specific platform and/or technologies you will be showcasing). Please also give an estimate of the duration of your demonstration.

Submit your proposal here: by March 13, 2015

Ideas Challenge

The Developer Challenge this year has been replaced by the more inclusive IDEAS CHALLENGE. We would like to encourage teams to form before and during the conference to propose an innovative solution to a real-world problem that repository users currently face.  Each team should include members from both the developer and user community, and represent more than one institution.

Teams’ ideas will be presented to the conference and prizes will be awarded based on the nature of the problem, the quality of the solution and the make-up of the team. Find out more at

For inquiries, please contact the Developer Track Co-Chairs, Adam Field and Claire Knowles  at af05[AT] and claire.knowles[AT]

CrossRef: February 2015: CrossRef deploys Co-Access Functionality for Books

Wed, 2015-02-11 08:08

Co-Access functionality has been set up by CrossRef address the issues caused when there are multiple organisations involved in the hosting and distribution of a given book.

Co-Access is effectively an extension of CrossRef's Multiple Resolution (MR) functionality which allows multiple URLs to be assigned to a single DOI. MR functionality relies on title ownership to try to avoid conflicts and maintain the uniqueness of DOIs so that they can be queried effectively.

MR has worked well for journals, but because many book publishers outsource the hosting of their content to multiple aggregators and platforms, they need a separate process that allows independent transactions on the part of the primary publisher and any secondary content hosts, rather than interactions having to be co-ordinated by the primary publisher (who may not be depositing DOIs and metadata with CrossRef at all).

Co-Access will allow multiple parties to deposit DOIs for a single publication, and have the CrossRef system automatically resolve overlaps (we call them conflicts) and establish MR for any DOI where multiple target URLs exist for the same book or part of a book (e.g. chapters). This arrangement would be set-up between the primary publisher of a work and a set of approved participants who could also deposit (and update) DOIs for a publication. This relationship can be enabled either between prefixes or within a single prefix.

This change would allow Co-Access members to operate independently of one another when assigning DOIs to book content, and aims reduce the amount of coordination required between the primary publisher and the secondary content hosts.

CrossRef is currently embarking on a pilot of this functionality - we've done our own testing based on some known scenarios - but now need publishers to trial this on some of their own publications and provide feedback on how well it works for them. CrossRef would need publishers to be able to identify a title that will need a Co-Access arrangement set up with another party (and who the party or parties would be) to commence the testing process. If your organisation would like to be involved, please contact for further information.

Galen Charlton: Ogres, hippogriffs, and authorized Koha service providers

Wed, 2015-02-11 01:14

What do ogres, hippogriffs, and authorized Koha service providers have in common?

Each of them is an imaginary creature.

20070522 Madrid: hippogriff — image by Larry Wentzel on Flickr (CC-BY)

Am I saying that Koha service providers are imaginary creatures? Not at all — at the moment, there are 54 paid support providers listed on the Koha project’s website.

But not a one of them is “authorized”.

I bring this up because a friend of mine in India (full disclosure: who himself offers Koha consulting services) ran across this flyer by Avior Technologies:

The bit that I’ve highlighted is puffery at best, misleading at worst. The Koha website’s directory of paid support providers is one thing, and one thing only: a directory. The Koha project does not endorse any vendors listed there — and neither the project nor the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand (which holds various Koha trademarks) authorizes any firm to offer Koha services.

If you want your firm to get included in the directory, you need only do a few things:

  1. Have a website that contains an offer of services for Koha.
  2. Ensure that your page that offers services links back to
  3. Make a public request to be added to the directory.

That’s it.

Not included on this list of criteria:

  • Being good at offering services for Koha libraries.
  • Contributing code, documentation, or anything else to the Koha project.
  • Having any current customers who are willing to vouch for you.
  • Being alive at present (although eventually, your listing will get pulled for lack of response to inquiries from Koha’s webmasters).

What does this mean for folks interested in getting paid support services?  There is no shortcut to doing your due diligence — it is on you to evaluate whether a provider you might hire is competent and able to keep their customers reasonably happy. The directory on the Koha website exists as a convenience for folks starting a search for a provider, but beyond that: caveat emptor.

I know nothing about Avior Technologies. They may be good at what they do; they may be terrible — I make no representation either way.

But I do know this: while there are some open source projects where the notion of an “authorized” or “preferred” support provider may make some degree of sense, Koha isn’t such a project.

And that’s generally to the good of all: if you have Koha expertise or can gain it, you don’t need to ask anybody’s permission to start helping libraries run Koha — and get paid for it.  You can fill niches in the market that other Koha support providers cannot or do not fill.

You can in time become the best Koha vendor in your niche, however you choose to define it.

But authority? It will never be bestowed upon you. It is up to you to earn it by how well you support your customers, and by how much you contribute to the global Koha project.


DuraSpace News: AVAILABLE: Fedora 4.1.0 Release

Wed, 2015-02-11 00:00

Winchester, MA  The Fedora team is proud to announce that Fedora 4.1.0 was released on February 4, 2015 and is now available.

pinboard: Presentation Index

Tue, 2015-02-10 23:12
RT @ronallo: Detailed version of my talk on WebVTT with full speaker notes and audience handouts here: #c4l15 #code4lib

Tara Robertson: Developing a culture of consent at code4lib

Tue, 2015-02-10 23:01

I love code4lib. code4lib is not a formal organization, it’s more of a loose collective of folks. The culture is very DIY. If you see something that needs doing someone needs to step up and do it. I love that part of our culture is reflecting on our culture and thinking of ways to improve it. At this year’s conference we made some improvements on our culture.

Galen Charlton kicked this discussion off with an email on the code4lib list by suggesting we institute a policy like the Evergreen conference (which was informed by work done by The Ada Initiative) where “consent be explicitly given to be photographed or recorded”.

Kudos to the local organizing committee for moving quickly (like just over 3 hours from Galen’s initial email). They purchased coloured lanyards to indicate to participants views on being photographed: red means don’t photograph me, yellow means ask me before photographing me, and green means go ahead and photograph me. This is an elegant and simple solution.

Over the past few years streaming the conference presentations has become standard as is publishing these videos to the web after the conference. This is awesome and important—not everyone can travel to attend the conference. This allows us to learn faster and build better things. I suggested that it was time to explicitly obtain speaker’s consent to stream their presentation and archive the video online.

At first I was disheartened by some of comments on the list :

  • “This needs to be opt out, not opt in.”
  • “An Opt-Out policy would be more workable for presenters.”
  • “requiring explicit permission from presenters is overly burdensome for the (streaming) crew that is struggling to get the recordings”
  • i enjoy taking candid photos of people at the conference and no one seems to mind
  • “my old Hippy soul cringes at unnecessary paperwork. A consent form means nothing. Situations change. Even a well-intended agreement sometimes needs to be reneged on.”

The lack of understanding about informed consent means a few things about the code4lib community:

  1. there’s a lack of connection to feminist organizing that has a long history of collective organizing and consent
  2.  the laissez-faire approach to consent (opt-out) centres male privilege
  3. this community still has work to do around rape culture. 

It was awesome to get support from the Programming Committee, the local organizers and some individuals. We managed to update the consent form we used for Access to be specific to code4lib and get it out to speakers in just over a week. Ranti quickly stepped up and volunteered to help me obtain consent forms from all of the speakers. As this is a single stream conference there were only 39 people so it wasn’t that much work to do. 

Here’s the consent form we used.  A few people couldn’t agree to the copyright bits, so they crossed that part out. I’m sure this form will evolve to become better.

At code4lib 2015 in Portland it was the first time we were explicit about consent. The colour coded lanyards and speaker consent forms are an important part of building a culture of consent.

Thanks to my smart friend Eli Manning (not the football player) for giving me feedback on this.

Open Library Data Additions: OL.150101

Tue, 2015-02-10 21:48

OL Output of MARC records from Toronto Public Library.

This item belongs to: data/ol_data.

This item has files of the following types: Archive BitTorrent, Metadata, Unknown

CrossRef: Introduction to CrossRef: Technical Basics webinar is tomorrow

Tue, 2015-02-10 20:19

New to CrossRef? Interested in learning more about the technical aspects of CrossRef? Please join us for one of our upcoming Introduction to CrossRef Technical Basics webinars. This webinar will provide a technical introduction to CrossRef and a brief outline of how CrossRef works. New members are especially encouraged to register. All of our webinars are free to attend. If the time of the webinar is not convenient for you, we will be recording the sessions and they will be made available after the webinars for those who register.


Introduction to CrossRef Technical Basics
Date: Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015
Time: 8:00 am (San Francisco), 11:00 am (New York), 4:00 pm (London)
Moderator: Patricia Feeney

Introduction to CrossRef Technical Basics
Date: Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015
Time: 8:00 am (San Francisco), 11:00 am (New York), 4:00 pm (London)
Moderator: Patricia Feeney


Additional CrossRef webinars are also listed on our webinar page.

We look forward to having you join us!

CrossRef: If you are a CrossCheck Administrator - this webinar is for you.

Tue, 2015-02-10 19:02

CrossCheck: iThenticate Admin Webinar

Date: Thursday, Feb 19, 2015
Time: 7:00 am (San Francisco), 10:00 am (New York), 3:00 pm (London)
Register today!

CrossCheck, powered by iThenticate now has over 600 members using the service to screen content for originality. Through demand from these members, CrossRef is trialling a webinar for CrossCheck administrators and more experienced users that will cover:

- The scale of the current CrossCheck database
- CrossCheck participation and usage
- An overview of the newest features in iThenticate
- A run-through of more administrator-specific features in iThenticate
- Advice on interpreting the reports and common issues
- Details on support resources available for publishers
- Q&A session

Representatives from CrossRef and iParadigms will run the webinar which will last one hour. We hope you can join us!

If you can't make this webinar visit our webinar page for additional webinars.