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OCLC Dev Network: Resolved - WorldCat Metadata API Now Available

planet code4lib - Mon, 2014-11-03 19:45

The WorldCat Metadata API problem we reported this morning has been resolved. We tracked down the issue to a conflict between the API and our Identity Management (IDM) Service. We have resolved the problem and the Web service is now available. Thanks for your patience as we worked through this issue.

FOSS4Lib Upcoming Events: 6th Annual VIVO Conference

planet code4lib - Mon, 2014-11-03 18:50
Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 08:00 to Friday, August 14, 2015 - 17:00Supports: Vivo

Last updated November 3, 2014. Created by Peter Murray on November 3, 2014.
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Cambridge, MA
Hyatt Regency Cambridge

The VIVO conference provides a unique opportunity for people from across the country and around the world to come together in the spirit of promoting scholarly collaboration and research discovery. This fun and exciting city will be the perfect backdrop for the 2015 conference. Join us to gain insight into the latest industry trends and innovations while enjoying all of the history, food, and culture Cambridge has to offer!

Roy Tennant: My Online Stalker

planet code4lib - Mon, 2014-11-03 18:09

No one enjoys being stalked. Well, at least no one I’ve spoken to. So recently, when I discovered I was being stalked online I felt…uncomfortable. Creeped out. Even freaked out.

But this kind of stalking wasn’t even as freaky as the usual kind. I’m being stalked by retailers. And so are you.

Of course I’ve known that retailers, Google, Facebook, and just about everyone tracks my every move. But what took me by surprise (which in hindsight, it shouldn’t have) was the level at which this information was following me around.

The first incident happened in Facebook, when I noticed that the ad off to the side was a camera that I had recently viewed and bookmarked at Amazon. It was like whomever was serving ads up on Facebook knew that I hadn’t bought it yet, and they were tantalizing me with the best clickbait possible — something they knew I was interested in.

The second happened only today when I went to a blog post by someone I follow and I noticed an ad for something I had added to my shopping cart at but hadn’t purchased. Again, this was a very specific item that was unlikely to appear in an ad except for the fact that I had recently viewed it.

So…yeah. I’m being followed online. You are being followed online. We all are, every single second of the day. Call me seriously creeped out.


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OCLC Dev Network: WorldCat Metadata API Currently Unavailable

planet code4lib - Mon, 2014-11-03 17:30

We are experiencing a problem with the WorldCat Metadata API web service and it is temporarily unavailable. Our investigation so far indicates that the problem is related to user authentication. We are analyzing options for resolving this as quickly as possible and will provide an update to the Developer Network later today. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

District Dispatch: Data powers advocacy: Please log onto Digital Inclusion Survey today!

planet code4lib - Mon, 2014-11-03 17:12

The Digital Inclusion Survey is open until November 22.

I can attest to the power of library data like that provided by thousands of libraries through the Digital Inclusion Survey throughout my career. From reporters calling the Public Information Office to other researchers and library students while in the Office for Research and Statistics to now with Beltway policymakers and legislators, the time librarians make to respond to national surveys puts our community “on the map” for those who might otherwise count us out of the Digital Age.

I know (and certainly hear from) librarians who participate in surveys ranging from the Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS) Public Libraries Survey to the Public Library Data Service report and can get understandably fatigued by the number of surveys and questions. It’s a fair question to ask “is this worth my time” among many pressing tasks—and even “what’s in it for me?” My colleagues in other American Library Association (ALA) units and at the Information Policy & Access Center at the University of Maryland take these questions seriously.

Here’s five reasons I think public library staff should say “yes” to the Digital Inclusion Survey:

  1. ALA and the University of Maryland iPAC team have made the online platform as easy to use as possible, plus allowing folks to import last year’s data if you’ve participated before.
  2. We make it easy to leverage data for advocacy at all levels. Issue briefs, state summaries, reports and infographics provide bite-size pieces, context and visual appeal on the topics ranging from digital inclusion writ large to e-government and employment.*
  3. We don’t sit on our laurels. Have you looked at the new, interactive mapping feature that combines GIS, community demographic data and your library information on the fly? Your city and county managers thought it was pretty cool when we showed it to them.
  4. These data and the resulting reports allow you to see your library and its programs and services among libraries of similar sizes, and within a state* and national context, as well as your local community.
  5. ALA puts the data to work for you and your colleagues. We take these state summaries to senators; use the data to inform and bolster our policy recommendations, testimony and public comments; and publicize the heck out of what we’ve learned from all of you in media ranging from Fast Company to Governing magazine.

As often as you are asked to respond to a survey, we are asked to document why libraries need more funding through the federal E-rate program, to answer how many libraries offer 3D printers, and to show how libraries are helping supporting a 21st century workforce. I can’t credibly answer these questions without your help.

The Digital Inclusion Survey is open until November 22. Be the answer!

[*We can only provide state-level summaries for those states where we have enough responses. Tell your neighbor!]

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LITA: LITA Online Meeting – Monday, November 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Central.

planet code4lib - Mon, 2014-11-03 16:54

The LITA Board invites you to join this meeting online on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Central.

Join the meeting by clicking the following link:

View the meeting agenda:

If you have any questions, recommendations, or wish to discuss any of this, please leave a comment or contact the LITA office at 312/280-4269

Islandora: New Islandora Module: Islandora Pathauto

planet code4lib - Mon, 2014-11-03 16:48

The Islandora Foundation is proud to announce the arrival of a new module into our stack: Islandora Pathauto, created and contributed by Rosemary Lefaive (who you may remember from past kudos). 

This simple but extremely handy little module allows the creation of more human-readable or SEO-friendly URLs for your Fedora objects by exposing Islandora objects to the alias-creating tools of pathauto. It will be included in the official Islandora 7.x-1.5 release, but should work just fine if you are running on 7.x-1.4 and want to try it out.

If you have a module or tool that you would like to contribute to Islandora, please check out our Licensed Software Acceptance Procedure to find out how.

David Rosenthal: First US web page

planet code4lib - Mon, 2014-11-03 16:00
Stanford's Web Archiving team of Nicholas Taylor and Ahmed AlSum have bought up SWAP, the Stanford Web Archive Portal, using the Open Wayback code developed under IIPC auspices from the Internet Archive's original. And, thanks to the Stanford staff's extraordinary ability to recover data from old backups, it features the very first US web page, bought up by Paul Kunz at SLAC around 6th Dec. 1991.

John Miedema: Orlando and Watson Part II. Pseudonym as a simple illustration of semantic search.

planet code4lib - Mon, 2014-11-03 15:57

A common problem with searching for information is that a concept can have many different surface forms. It is difficult for a researcher to know all the forms, let alone type them in for every search.

Orlando is a digital literary resource, a structured “textbase” about British women writers. This resource can be utilized by IBM’s Watson Content Analytics to provide semantic search and analysis. Here is a simple illustration.

In Figure 1, suppose I know the interesting pseudonym, “Will Chip, a Carpenter.” Must be a male writer, yes? Not so fast. I select the pseudonym for a search. There are sixteen matching documents in this small sample.

In Figure 2, I switch to Documents view. The name “Hannah More”, a female writer, is highlighted in the documents. Hannah More is Will Chip, a Carpenter. It is her pseudonym. This link was provided by Orlando. Semantic links like this can be applied to every concept in IBM’s Watson Content Analytics, facilitating literary research across millions of documents.

DPLA: Open Marketing and Outreach Committee Call: Friday, November 7, 2:00 PM Eastern

planet code4lib - Mon, 2014-11-03 14:32

The DPLA’s Marketing and Outreach Committee will lead an open committee call on Friday, November 7 at 2:00 PM Eastern. To register, complete the short registration form available via the link below.

  1. Update on recent education focus groups and discussion of other educational uses for DPLA
  2. Open discussion of broad uses for DPLA
  3. Questions, comments, and open discussion

All written content on this blog is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. All images found on this blog are available under the specific license(s) attributed to them, unless otherwise noted.

Islandora: Islandora 100

planet code4lib - Mon, 2014-11-03 14:05

As of the time of this posting, there are 86 Islandora sites on our map of Islandora worldwide:

We know there are far more sites out there, so I am issuing a challenge to the Islandora Community: 100 dots on the Islandora Map by 2015. If your repo is not on our map, then please send me the details (institution, repo link, and location) of your library, university, museum, community group, or other public repository, so I can put you on the map. When we reach 100, I will draw three names from those who have submitted sites since the challenge, and those three lucky Islandorians will be the first to receive our awesome Islandora Tuque Tuque.

Fourteen more sites in two months. We can do it!


Hydra Project: New Hydra Steering Group members

planet code4lib - Mon, 2014-11-03 09:35

We are delighted to announce that Jon Dunn (Indiana University) and Mike Giarlo (Penn State University) have accepted invitations to join the Hydra Steering Group. Both are acknowledged leaders in the community with much experience in digital libraries; Jon additionally brings his background of key roles on the Avalon Project and at Indiana University and Mike his background of key roles in Sufia, RDF, HAWG and at Penn State.  We look forward to working with them more closely.

FOSS4Lib Recent Releases: Sufia - 4.1.0

planet code4lib - Sun, 2014-11-02 19:47
Package: SufiaRelease Date: Friday, October 31, 2014

Last updated November 2, 2014. Created by Peter Murray on November 2, 2014.
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The 4.1.0 release of Sufia includes functionality to support proxy deposits and transfers of ownership.

Patrick Hochstenbach: Homework assignment #8 Sketchbookskool

planet code4lib - Sun, 2014-11-02 16:14
“Visit a pub a and draw the body language of people you find there” So I went to a pub..actually two pubs this afternoon. The first one was a very quiet pub near a public park. Older couples entered and

Patrick Hochstenbach: Homework assignment #7 Sketchbookskool

planet code4lib - Sun, 2014-11-02 15:56
For our next assignment we had to create a book cover of our favorite book. This time I had no inspiration and drew David Cameron instead. I tried to do the coloring in water color, but this isn’t really my

Patrick Hochstenbach: Homework assignment #6 Sketchbookskool

planet code4lib - Sun, 2014-11-02 15:51
The assignment was a little warmup “I want you to draw a little character in less than 15 to 20 minutes”. I took my copic markers and set down at my desk. Using my imagination I drew this little story

John Miedema: Orlando and Watson demonstration. Analytics without metadata.

planet code4lib - Sat, 2014-11-01 20:28

Orlando is a digital index of the lives and works of British women writers. I have the privilege of using the Orlando resource in collaboration with Susan Brown. For discussion in the context of NovelTM, I have put together a quick demo that integrates Orlando in IBM’s Watson Content Analytics.

Orlando is structured data, making associations between names, places and works. However, it is not precisely metadata. Metadata is “data about data”, and Orlando does not classify content directly. Not yet. I extracted a subset of the Orlando data and converted it into Natural Language Processing annotators. Annotators can be used to extract structure from unstructured content and make it analyzable. In this case, the content is a small set of about 300 biographical documents. The demo illustrates how analytics can be peformed without the labour intensive work of manual metadata classification.

Figure 1. The Orlando extract has been mapped to facets in Watson Content Analytics. For example, the “Author (Orlando)” facet lists Maria Abdy, Elizabeth Carter, Horace Walpole, and many others, with their associated frequency counts. Horace Walpole has 20 hits.

Figure 2. Switching to the Documents view, an analyst discovers documents federated from multiple sources. In this case, the 20 documents for Horace Walpole. The Documents view provides a single interface for in depth document analysis.

Figure 3. A number of visualizations provide a quick way to analyze documents. In this view, the Birth Region facet is paired up with the Religion facet, both showing values from Orlando. The red square highlights a strong correlation between the Midlothian birth region and the Free Church of Scotland. It’s a jumping point to filter documents and discover additional patterns.

There’s so much more to show and tell.

FOSS4Lib Recent Releases: Koha - Maintenance releases v 3.14.11 and 3.16.4

planet code4lib - Fri, 2014-10-31 21:17
Package: KohaRelease Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014

Last updated October 31, 2014. Created by David Nind on October 31, 2014.
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Bug fix and maintenance releases for Koha. See the release announcements for the details:

FOSS4Lib Recent Releases: Islandora - 7.x-1.4

planet code4lib - Fri, 2014-10-31 21:07
Package: IslandoraRelease Date: Friday, October 31, 2014

Last updated October 31, 2014. Created by Peter Murray on October 31, 2014.
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Release notes and download links are here along with updated documentation, and you can grab an updated VM ( will be updated soon).


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