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First, a small warning: I am having an extremely crowded and busy week, so blogging here (even the catchup I need to do to the many excellent comments on the Battle of the Opens post) will suffer. Something for folks to chew on in the meantime: can anybody explain to me what this tool (if…

Battle of the Opens

I’m committed to a lot of different kinds of “open.” This means that I can and do engage in tremendous acts of hair-splitting and pilpul with regard to them. “Gratis” versus “libre” open access? Free-speech versus free-beer software code? I’m your librarian; let’s sit down and have that discussion. Unfortunately, out there in the wild…

Authority control, then and now

Since the end of the year is a fairly quiet time for my particular professional niche, I’ve taken the opportunity to do some basic name authority control on author name-strings in the repository. Some basic what on what, now? Welcome back to my series on library information management and jargon. The problem is simple to…

It’s been a while since I did anything on my series about library ways of knowing. If you’d like to refresh your memory: The classical librarian The humble index Classification Today I’ll finish my discussion of classification, and distinguish it from subject analysis, since that distinction often seems to confuse, especially in our digital age.…

Classification

Now that we’ve looked at how back-of-book indexes endeavor to organize and present the information found in a book, we can consider organizing books themselves. It’s quite astonishing, how many people go to libraries and bookstores who never seem to stop to think about how books end up on particular shelves in particular areas. There…

The humble index

I’d like to start our tour of book and library information-management techniques with a glance at the humble back-of-book index. I started the USDA’s excellent indexing course back in the day, and while it became clear fairly quickly that I do not have the chops to be a good indexer and so I never finished…

The classical librarian

Five years ago (really? goodness, it hardly seems possible) I gave a preconference session at the Extreme Markup Languages conference (which is now Balisage) entitled “Classification, Cataloguing, and Categorization Systems: Past, Present, and Future.” I have learned to write better talk titles since then. However. The talk was actually a runthrough of library standards and…

XML and cows

Because I’ve seen it quoted, misquoted, and usually not attributed at all? ?Converting PDF to XML is a bit like converting hamburgers into cows.” That is the quote I know of. It comes from revered XML developer Michael Kay on the xml-dev mailing list in July 2006. It’s possible Kay got this from somewhere else,…

What is e-research?

That would be the question, wouldn’t it. Unfortunately, such fundamental definitions are never simple to create, and even less simple to agree upon. A little history may help explain how we got into this parlous uncertain state, but it may not get us out of it. The short version of the history (which all and…