10 Things on the 10th: Request for Help


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.

10 Things on the 10th September: Metadata, Content, DAM, Dublin Core and More

Here are ten things to kick off autumn:

  1. Why do content marketers need digital librarians?
  2. Another DAM Podcast interview with Jan Delos Santos from RPA.
  3. Dublin Core versus Schema Markup.
  4. How to not fail at taxonomy by Emily Kolvitz.
  5. What is metadata and why is it as important as the data itself? BONUS: Metadata and DAM by the other Kevin Bacon.
  6. Advantages of a graph-based metadata repository.
  7. Metadata Boot Camp!
  8. NYPL reading room renovation.
  9. Check out Outside the Lines – libraries reintroduced.
  10. What is back-end content strategy anyway?

Also, Seattle folks – save the date for InfoCamp on October 22nd!

10 Things on the 10th August: Cat Librarians, Archives, Taxonomy

Here are ten stupendous things to consider:

  1. Check out this review of David Diamond’s Metadata for Content Management. I am not all the way through the book yet, but the section describing the concepts of metadata, taxonomy, and controlled vocabulary is simple and elegant.
  2. How does Comedy Central use digital asset management to find the funny.
  3. Autotagging is one way to streamline digital asset management.
  4. Well formed metadata and library discovery.
  5. Nice post on the basics of taxonomy by my former classmate Theresa Putkey.
  6. From SAA, Archival Outlook for July and August has a good article on linked data and more.
  7. Photos from the world’s oldest operating photo studio.
  8. Bookshelves to big data at the New School.
  9. A primer on digital asset management from CCO magazine.
  10. Cat librarians.