The University of California, Davis, in partnership with Zepheira, will lead the way for research libraries to transform how they catalog their collections to improve how online researchers can find and use them thanks to a National Leadership Grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The two-year project – seeking to modernize what is, for libraries, as complex as air traffic control systems – will create a roadmap for libraries for strategic planning and investments in new software, standards and expertise. This project will investigate the future of research library operations, particularly the production of metadata — or data on data — and deployment on the Web. It will examine the current landscape for library data standards and technologies including the application of Linked Data architecture and BIBFRAME principles.
This project will work with other national and international institutions involved in library software, standards and practices (including the Library of Congress, the OCLC global library network, the National Information Standards Organization, Kuali OLE and Zepheira) to provide a route that can be recalculated or continuously updated as new data models, standards, workflows and practices evolve.
Uche Ogbuji, partner at Zepheira, has a couple of new articles out at IBM developerWorks. In “Do more in CSS with LESS” he discusses how to simplify the writing & maintenance of responsive design styles for modern web pages.
Learn how to use LESS to write readable and maintainable Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for modern websites. CSS makes the terrible old days of layout tricks with tables and invisible images a dim memory. But CSS is still unfriendly, and several initiatives tried to tame it for developers. One of the best is LESS, which extends CSS with dynamic behavior such as variables, mixins, operations, and functions. LESS is a CSS-like language that compiles seamlessly into CSS either on the client side or through server-side preprocessing.
In “Rapid web development with Bootstrap” he discusses how one can get Web sites and apps in place rapidly using Bootstrap, the popular, Twitter-originated framework.
Learn how to use Bootstrap to kickstart websites and web applications, including mobile-friendly ones. Bootstrap, which is based on the LESS project, was developed by Twitter’s internal engineers to provide a consistent framework for web application UIs.
Ogbuji is also featured in the latest episode of This Week On IBM developerWorks Webcast video, starting around 2:00 into the video. For some reason the audio didn’t always come through so thankfully there is also a text transcript for reference.
As a member of ths Genomspace Scientific Advisory Group, Zepehria‘s Eric Miller is attending an Advisory Group Meeting.
GenomeSpace is a cloud-based interoperability framework to support integrative genomics analysis through an easy-to-use Web interface. GenomeSpace provides access to a diverse range of bioinformatics tools, and bridges the gaps between the tools, making it easy to leverage the available analyses and visualizations in each of them.
With funding from the NHGRI and the expertise of an international team of collaborators, GenomeSpace is now being built by researchers from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Weizmann Institute of Science, University of California San Diego, University of California Santa Cruz, Pennsylvania State University and Stanford University. Members of the Scientific Advisory Group to GenomeSpace are Eugene Meyers from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Aravinda Chakravarti from Johns Hopkins Medical School, Saeed Tavazoie and Olga Troyanskaya from Princeton University, Dan Reed from Microsoft, and Eric Miller from Zepheira
Eric Miller will speak at the annual American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) in Seattle, WA on Sunday, July 14 2:00-3:30 PM. His presentation, Linked Data: the New Bibliographic Framework in the Post-MARC World will provide an overview of the BIBFRAME Initiative.
The presentation is sponsored by the Online Bibliographic Services Special Interest Section (OBS-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries who focus on all aspects of the various national and local bibliographic utilities including public access to bibliographic data online, acquisitions sub-systems, mail message systems, and integration of circulation systems with the online bibliographic data.
Eric Miller from Zepheira will be presenting the latest update on the BIBFRAME initiative at the American Library Association Annual Conference in two sessions.
First, on Sunday June 30 from 10:30am to 11:30am Eric will speak at The Library of Congress Bibframe Update Forum located at the McCormick Place Convention Center E352. This session will give an update and share progress in designing the new bibliographic framework.
On Monday July 1, 2013 from 1:00-2:30, Eric will present “Future of Subject Analysis in the BIBFRAME Model” at the InterContinental Chicago Hotel sponsored by ALCTS Subject Analysis Committee. Eric will address how will subject/genre and classification elements can be handled in the BIBFRAME. In particular, the challenges and opportunities in analyzing and organizing our subject, genre, and classification data in new ways.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is in the process of updating key public health classifications, including the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), and has contracted Zepheira to accelerate their objectives. Zepheira has been involved in the past serving on the WHO’s Health Informatics Technical Advisory Board and providing key strategy, technology architecture and infrastructure for steps for modernizing ICD, such as providing a Web-friendly identifier scheme for the terms and hierarchy. WHO has now engaged Zepheira to provide critical tools to support the latest round of classification updates and collaborative review culminating in ICD11. Zepheira’s technical contributions include modules to integrate the review process with social media and automated population of disease information gathered from the Web and then subject to further expert review.
In recent projects Zepheira has worked with clients to apply the benefits of modern Web technology and Linked Data to Content Strategy as well as general Business Strategy for product refinement and customer support.
Zepheira is working on an ongoing basis with Cisco Systems, Inc to further their content strategy, and with John Deere Worldwide to lead in the application of Linked Data technology in that company’s product and customer support strategy.
If you have strategic needs for managing product content and information-driven strategy in general, contact Zepheira for more information on our commercial solutions.
On January 23, Eric Miller lead a webinar, “Translating the Library Catalog from MARC into Linked Data: An Update on the Bibliographic Framework Initiative” to report on progress the initiative, starting with an analysis of the translation problem and concluding with potential migration scenarios for a broad-based transition from MARC to a new bibliographic framework.
An overview of the webinar and slides are now available here: http://www.niso.org/news/events/2013/dcmi/bibframework
Eric Miller will be speaking on two panels at American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Seattle January 26 and 27th to provide updates to the BIBFRAME initiative. A major focus of the initiative is to determine a transition path for the MARC 21 exchange format to Web based, Linked Data model. Zepheira and The Library of Congress are working together to develop a Linked Data model, vocabulary and enabling tools / services for supporting this Initiative. A full list of all BIBFRAME presentations, locations and times at ALA Midwinter is available here: http://www.loc.gov/ala/mw-2013-bibframe.html