LC and Flickr – 3 months later

We had the good fortune today to talk to Helena Zinkham, Michelle Springer and some additional staff members from the 12 people team at LC which worked on the LC-Flickr project. We were also joined by George Oates, who shepherded the collaboration from the Flickr side. The conversation highlighted a number of interesting facets of …

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MDID ingenuity

Another week, another conference. Now I’m getting ready for the annual Art Libraries Society (ARLIS) conference, which will take me to Banff this year. (For those amongst you who are jealous, I personally think it’s only fair, since I’ll also have to go to DC 3 times this summer.) I’ll give a talk on the …

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Handcrafted Metadata

Last week I went to WebWise in LA, now a conference sponsored jointly by IMLS, the Getty and OCLC, where about 350 folks had gathered to explore the theme “Inspiring Discovery – Unlocking Collections.” Part of unlocking collections, as we all know, is describing them so others can find them, and the conference exposed some …

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Walled Gardens vs. Picket Fences

OK, so I’m a little late learning about “walled gardens.” I heard this term used several times during two recent events – first at the Berkeley Digital Media Conference and then again at a recent SDForum Search SIG meeting held at Microsoft in Mountain View. I thought this must be one of those terms like …

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you’re so not a book

As a “friend of UCAI,” I was recently informed that the project to create a Union Catalog of Art Images won’t continue past its research and development stage to spawn a fully fledged service. For those of you not familiar with this Mellon-funded initiative, UCSD and various partner institutions investigated how to bring copy-cataloging to …

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