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!
Mod Librarian aka Tracy Wolfe
This time around, I have ten questions for the Information community related to some projects I am involved in:
- What is the biggest difference between creating a thesaurus with ANSI/NISO or with ISO?
- Can you convert a thesaurus created using and ANSI/NISO inspired governance document to comply with ISO standards?
- What is the best resource for the foundation of a vocabulary that deals with all things and subjects? Is it LCSH?
- Has anyone mined DBPedia terms and scope notes for their ontology? How? Why?
- How do you avoid near duplication in longer text-based metadata (like Dublin Core descriptions, for instance)?
- How do you account for stemming and misspellings if the system you are using will not? Are these all NPT’s (non preferred terms).
- For all of the above, are there any tips for automating processes or is this all very manual?
- Once a thesaurus structure is in place, at what point should it be integrated with the CMS to enhance search and tagging?
- What is the best way to “show” users relationships between concepts and content?
- 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!
Happy new year, or should I just say new year? Here are ten things:
- Interpreting citation patterns with a graph database from neo4j.
- Another DAM Podcast interview with Julia Kim from the American Folklife Center.
- Can librarians help solve the fake news problem?
- Universal Studios’ digital restoration of King of Jazz (1930).
- A librarian in Florida went rogue to save 2,361 books from an algorithm.
- Overlooked books of 2016.
- The IA Summit has an interesting line-up, including Gary Carlson on taxonomy.
- Need a multilingual agricultural thesaurus? Try AGROVOC.
- How to model customer surveys in a graph database.
- What is metadata and why is it as important as the data itself?
See you in February, provided the world is still here!
Here is a holiday edition of 10 Things for your perusal:
- I love these WPA posters at the Library of Congress.
- We could all use this news literacy toolkit for unearthing fake news.
- Harvesting government history in preparation for the new U.S. administration.
- Good times here in the U.S. – fears of Trump prompt Internet Archive to create mirror site in Canada.
- From the Getty – the curse of ambiguous metadata fields on The Iris.
- The Seattle Public Library’s Special Collections on Native American heritage.
- An introduction to metadata and taxonomy from Robert Godino.
- How about metadata in electronic records management from the National Archives?
- From Cooper Hewitt – two articles on mass digitization: workflows and barcodes and digital asset management.
- Finally, check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives.
Have a happy season!
Here are some refreshing and non-political musings on librarian stuff:
- Bourbon Whiskey, Controlled Vocabularies, and Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Google Testing New Schema Markup for ‘Science Datasets’
- Taxonomy and Terminology: The Crossroad of Controlled Vocabulary
- Digital imagery reveals secrets of 800-year-old ‘royal’ book
- From the folks at Factor: Implementing Taxonomies and IA, Ensuring Success
- From Hack Library School: Digital, Digital, Digital: Content & Collections
- The Digital Transition: How the Presidential Transition Works in the Social Media Age
- Another DAM Podcast interview with Stacey McKeever from Team One on Digital Asset Management
- Counting Content: Using Numbers to Turn Research Into Content Strategy
- From the Getty: Metadata Specialists Share Their Challenges, Defeats, and Triumphs
Enjoy autumn and these 10 things:
- Help the Huntington Library decode civil war telegrams.
- Hack Library School on metadata and cataloging.
- What do Content Strategists do?
- Recordings of the webinar on controlled vocabularies from COAR.
- More crowdsourcing at the Library of Congress Law Library.
- What is SKOS and is there an open source tool for that?
- Be a fly on the wall at the NYC DAM Meetup.
- Check out the Getty Research Portal.
- Confronting the myths of coding and librarianship.
- The power of babble – insights on metadata and elephants.
Here are ten things to kick off autumn:
- Why do content marketers need digital librarians?
- Another DAM Podcast interview with Jan Delos Santos from RPA.
- Dublin Core versus Schema Markup.
- How to not fail at taxonomy by Emily Kolvitz.
- What is metadata and why is it as important as the data itself? BONUS: Metadata and DAM by the other Kevin Bacon.
- Advantages of a graph-based metadata repository.
- Metadata Boot Camp!
- NYPL reading room renovation.
- Check out Outside the Lines – libraries reintroduced.
- What is back-end content strategy anyway?
Also, Seattle folks – save the date for InfoCamp on October 22nd!