10 Things on the 10th May: Taxonomy, Brooklyn, Canadians…

Hello! Mod Librarian returns from hiatus. I will be writing from the Big Apple starting next month and I truly appreciate the time off from this blog to get my affairs in order for the relocation. Onwards…

  1. Nice article on the meaning of taxonomy from a UX perspective.
  2. Do you need an authority for specifically Canadian subject headings, eh?
  3. Want to find the best open source graph database projects or solutions?
  4. I can’t wait to explore the Brooklyn Collection in person.
  5. An interview with Dan Piro of the National Hockey League on Another DAM Podcast.
  6. I am very interested in structured content because of its flexibility. And, because I now work on it every day in my current gig.
  7. Summer is approaching – perhaps time for a visit to the Coney Island Collection.
  8. Very thorough DAM reading list from Tim Strehle.
  9. How to measure DAM success. Any article that quotes John Horodyski is a keeper…
  10. The preservation of glass plate negatives.

Coming up next month: I will be writing this from my new home in Brooklyn. East coasters – I hope to finally get a chance to meet many of you in person.

10 Things: Taking a Break

Well, I was hoping that my last post February 10th would garner a lot of interest, community knowledge, and tips.

A lot of people read it, but I received no comments or responses.

In addition, I am going to be managing a major life change in the next few months. As such, Mod Librarian is on indefinite hiatus.

I hope to return in the fall.

Thank you for reading!

Best,

Mod Librarian aka Tracy Wolfe

10 Things on the 10th: Request for Help

Hello,

This time around, I have ten questions for the Information community related to some projects I am involved in:

  1. What is the biggest difference between creating a thesaurus with ANSI/NISO or with ISO?
  2. Can you convert a thesaurus created using and ANSI/NISO inspired governance document to comply with ISO standards?
  3. What is the best resource for the foundation of a vocabulary that deals with all things and subjects? Is it LCSH?
  4. Has anyone mined DBPedia terms and scope notes for their ontology? How?  Why?
  5. How do you avoid near duplication in longer text-based metadata (like Dublin Core descriptions, for instance)?
  6. How do you account for stemming and misspellings if the system you are using will not? Are these all NPT’s (non preferred terms).
  7. For all of the above, are there any tips for automating processes or is this all very manual?
  8. Once a thesaurus structure is in place, at what point should it be integrated with the CMS to enhance search and tagging?
  9. What is the best way to “show” users relationships between concepts and content?
  10. Should all users have the ability to create metadata or just to apply metadata?

Thanks for reading this. This is an interactive post and I would welcome any and all comments, advice or examples. Please comment right on the post and I will moderate, curate and share!

10 Things on the 10th January: DAM, IA, Royal Books, Film and More…

Happy new year, or should I just say new year? Here are ten things:

  1. Interpreting citation patterns with a graph database from neo4j.
  2. Another DAM Podcast interview with Julia Kim from the American Folklife Center.
  3. Can librarians help solve the fake news problem?
  4. Universal Studios’ digital restoration of King of Jazz (1930).
  5. A librarian in Florida went rogue to save 2,361 books from an algorithm.
  6. Overlooked books of 2016.
  7. The IA Summit has an interesting line-up, including Gary Carlson on taxonomy.
  8. Need a  multilingual agricultural thesaurus? Try AGROVOC.
  9. How to model customer surveys in a graph database.
  10. What is metadata and why is it as important as the data itself?

See you in February, provided the world is still here!

10 Things on the 10th December: Internet Archive, Ambiguous Metadata, Rock and Roll…

Here is a holiday edition of 10 Things for your perusal:

  1. I love these WPA posters at the Library of Congress.
  2. We could all use this news literacy toolkit for unearthing fake news.
  3. Harvesting government history in preparation for the new U.S. administration.
  4. Good times here in the U.S. – fears of Trump prompt Internet Archive to create mirror site in Canada.
  5. From the Getty – the curse of ambiguous metadata fields on The Iris.
  6. The Seattle Public Library’s Special Collections on Native American heritage.
  7. An introduction to metadata and taxonomy from Robert Godino.
  8. How about metadata in electronic records management from the National Archives?
  9. From Cooper Hewitt – two articles on mass digitization: workflows and barcodes and digital asset management.
  10. Finally, check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives.

Have a happy season!

10 Things on the 10th November: DAM, Bourbon, Controlled Vocabulary and Old Books

Here are some refreshing and non-political musings on librarian stuff:

  1. Bourbon Whiskey, Controlled Vocabularies, and Library of Congress Subject Headings
  2. Google Testing New Schema Markup for ‘Science Datasets
  3. Taxonomy and Terminology: The Crossroad of Controlled Vocabulary
  4. Digital imagery reveals secrets of 800-year-old ‘royal’ book
  5. From the folks at Factor: Implementing Taxonomies and IA, Ensuring Success
  6. From Hack Library School: Digital, Digital, Digital: Content & Collections
  7. The Digital Transition: How the Presidential Transition Works in the Social Media Age
  8. Another DAM Podcast interview with Stacey McKeever from Team One on Digital Asset Management
  9. Counting Content: Using Numbers to Turn Research Into Content Strategy
  10. From the Getty: Metadata Specialists Share Their Challenges, Defeats, and Triumphs

10 Things on the 10th October: SKOS, Metadata, DAM, Crowdsourcing

Enjoy autumn and these 10 things:

  1. Help the Huntington Library decode civil war telegrams.
  2. Hack Library School on metadata and cataloging.
  3. What do Content Strategists do?
  4. Recordings of the webinar on controlled vocabularies from COAR.
  5. More crowdsourcing at the Library of Congress Law Library.
  6. What is SKOS and is there an open source tool for that?
  7. Be a fly on the wall at the NYC DAM Meetup.
  8. Check out the Getty Research Portal.
  9. Confronting the myths of coding and librarianship.
  10. The power of babble – insights on metadata and elephants.