OAICatMuseum now supports the LIDO XML Schema

One of the contributions made by OCLC Research to its Museum Data Exchange project was the OAICatMuseum OAI-PMH repository software. OAICatMuseum is an extension to OCLC’s OAICat software that included support for delivering records in the CDWA Lite XML schema. Since that project completed in 2009, work has continued within the cultural materials community towards …

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Museum Data Exchange – Report Executive Summary

The final report of the Museum Data Exchange grant will be released on the OCLC Research website later this month. As a first impression of key outcomes, I’ve posted the executive summary below. Stay tuned! ********* The Museum Data Exchange, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, brought together a group of nine museums and …

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The Cult of Brewster Finds Its Church

Last night Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive unveiled his latest project in a venue suitable for any high priest or cult leader — a former Christian Science Church in San Francisco. As it turns out, the Internet Archive recently purchased the building, and as Brewster remarked during the grand unveiling of the Bookserver project, …

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Crowdsourcing Lessons

The Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, more RLG Partners and others have participated in the Flickr Commons, all to try to leverage what’s become known as “crowdsourcing” — “the act of taking tasks traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people or community in …

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Beyond “Beyond the Silos of the LAMs”

Those of you in Austin for SAA might want to consider attending what promises to be a great panel presentation: SESSION 704 – Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Converging for Real – Sat., Aug. 15, 2009, 1:30 – 3 PM in Salon J We’ve got three great speakers who will tell the story of their experiences …

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The scale of orphan relief

The phrase orphan works recalls the world of Oliver Twist, so perhaps it’s appropriate that JISC has just announced the publication of a UK report looking at the ‘orphan problem’ in UK libraries, museums and archives: In from the Cold: An assessment of the scope of ‘Orphan Works’ and its impact on the delivery of …

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Digital Image Licensing – The debate rages on…

Whenever the topic of digital image licensing comes up, I listen closely. While my eyes tend to glaze over when somebody tries to explain the legalese of it all to me (I’m sure it’s my fault), I find this discussion fascinating when individuals relate access to high quality images to the mission of their institution, …

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An open Smithsonian, all around

As part of the process for arriving at the Smithsonian’s Web and New Media strategic plan, Michael Edson created a Wiki on which Smithsonian staff discuss their points of view in plain site of anybody who is interested in listening in. This experiment in radical transparency is in and of itself noteworthy, and so is …

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