Raw Technology

What To Do With ISO 2709:2008?

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My employer recently became a member of NISO and I was made the primary representative. This is my first formal interaction with the standards organization...

Using Twitter For Service Outage Awareness

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Emily Clasper of the Suffolk County Library posted about some work she had done to embed status messages in the catalog using Twitter. This sounded like a r...

RDA-as-Service Only

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At the ALA Annual Conference exhibit floor I got my first chance to see the RDA Toolkit. RDA is "Resource Description and Access" -- the new standard for bi...

Bandwidth of Large Airplanes

3 minute read

Back in the early days of this blog, I had a post on Buzzwords Galore and Bandwidth that May Rival Your Station Wagon. The topic was a "hybrid optical and p...

Mash-Up Request for Submissions

1 minute read

I'm working with some colleagues at the Library of Congress on the on the description of complex analog and digital resources. In that research, we want to ...

Split Routing with OpenVPN

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My place of work has installed a VPN that moderates our access to the server network using the OpenVPN protocol. This is a good thing, but in its default co...

Why I Digitally Sign My E-Mail

5 minute read

Most e-mail messages I send are digitally signed using a process called "Pretty Good Privacy", or PGP. In e-mail applications that don't understand PGP, thi...

A New Year, a New PGP Key

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It is the start of a new year ((Some have even said it is the start of a new decade, but of course that isn't true. We won't start a new decade until 2011, ...

OLE Project Design Phase Final Report

less than 1 minute read

There is an announcement on the OLE Project site that links to the final report as submitted to the Mellon Foundation. This version of the report has minor ...

Index Data on Z39.50 for Dummies

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Earlier this year, Index Data started a new blog. I wanted to call out a series of posts (parts one and two) their newly started blog called Z39.50 for Dum...

Tweaking the New FriendFeed Interface

2 minute read

FriendFeed went live yesterday with changes to the user interface and back-end systems. The changes were moderately positive, taken as a whole, but there ar...

Advances in OpenSearch Definitions

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[caption id="osul-opensearch" align="alignright" width="375" caption="Screenshot of adding the OSU Libraries Catalog Search"][/caption] Earlier this month, O...

Beyond Federated Search Redux

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It started with a post by Carl Grant on the Federated Search Blog: Beyond Federated Search – Winning the Battle and Losing the War?. I bookmarked thi...

Zotero Library to RSS Feed

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Note! A new feature on the Zotero website does away with the need to use this Yahoo! Pipe. RSS feeds are now generated by the Zotero website itself. Read ...

XML Tower of Structural Metadata

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Jerome McDonough of the Graduate School of Library & Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presented a paper this summer ...

Test Driving Lumifi

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Earlier this week, Lumifi Inc. announced a new version of their research platform "to better serve students, professionals and others in dealing with informa...

Thumbgrabber: a metadata augmentation tool

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In reading a background paper for the American Social History Online portal, I was reacquainted with a paper by Muriel Foulonneau, Thomas Habing and Tim Cole...

Preserving Digital Video

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My place of work is looking to acquire educational videos in a digital form with an eye towards long-term preservation. At this point we receive a physical ...

Is JPEG Good Enough for Archival Masters?

4 minute read

On the ImageLib mailing list, Rob Lancefield (Manager of Museum Information Services for Wesleyan University) posted a link to the Universal Photographic Dig...

What’s the Deal with NCIP?

1 minute read

What's the deal with NCIP? For those that don't know, NCIP is the NISO protocol that attempts to "define the various transactions needed to support circulat...

Gentoo Abandons WordPress in Portage

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I don't think this has been widely announced, but while waiting for an update to Gentoo's portage entry for WordPress to cover the latest security and bug fi...

Solr-ized MARC Record Catalog

2 minute read

Rob Casson of Miami University announced this weekend the beta availability of their video catalog. In a subsequent posting, Rob describes the user interfac...

OAI-ORE Thoughts on Compound Documents

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The Technical Committee and Liaison Group of the OAI Object Reuse and Exchange effort met last week in New York City to hammer out face-to-face some of the l...

“iTunes U” for Libraries?

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A recent posting in the Chronicle of Higher Education "Wired Campus" section describes the new iTunes U portal, "a spot on the site that will collect college...

2007 Web Design Survey

less than 1 minute read

Friend and former colleague Eric Meyer writes about the 2007 Web Design Survey (first annual) on his blog. It is an effort to "increase knowledge of web des...

Can You Hear Me Now? DLTJ as a Podcast

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Update 19-Jan-2011: I've decommissioned this service. Talkr seems to be unavailable, and I haven't had time to find a replacement. If reading the thoughts o...

Killing Off Runaway Apache Processes

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Well, something is still going wrong on dltj.org — despite previous performance tuning efforts, I'm still running into cases where machine performance ...

WordPress/MySQL Tuning

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dltj.org runs on a relatively tiny box — a Pentium III with 512MB of RAM. I'm running a Gentoo Linux distribution, so I actually have a prayer of gett...

Working With the Web Architecture

4 minute read

As you may have noticed, the web has evolved a set of common principles that are a mix of ratified standards and ad hoc practices. The notion of a Web Archi...

Picking a Java Web Application Framework

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We're beginning a new phase of our digital library development at OhioLINK and an oversimplification of one of the consequences of this new phase is that we ...

Google Custom Search for Planet Code4Lib

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I wanted to mess around with Google's new Custom Search Engine feature and in casting about for a list of URLs to feed it I thought I'd try the list of blogs...

Services in a Service Oriented Architecture

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This post is the second in a series about the application of the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) system design pattern to library services. The first po...

Script for Testing HTTP Referer Headers

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I’ve just had the third occasion where in support of a user I suspect that user has a piece of software which is blocking or modifying the HTTP “referrer” he...

Representing Collections In FEDORA

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One of the DRC developers had a question recently that sparked a discussion about what to do with collections of objects. In order to answer the question of...