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Eric Miller speaking at American Library Conference

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

A Look Back: Enhancing Digital Collections with Viewshare

Two years ago, the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress in partnership with Zepheira launched Viewshare, a free, easy-to-use web application for creating dynamic visual interfaces to cultural heritage collections (viewshare.org). Through Viewshare, an archivist, curator, scholar, or student can create visualizations that allow her to explore a collection in ways not possible via a simple text search. Viewshare empowers users to uncover collection-wide relations not always evident through traditional item-by-item browsing or searching.

The Library recently posted “A Viewshare Roundup”, which provides a collection of recent papers, presentations and blog posts with examples of how Viewshare is being used by over 1500 users from all over the world. Check out the exciting progress that’s been made!

Zepheira offers leadership in development of new MicroXML specification

Uche Ogbuji has been working through Zepheira’s participation in the W3C’s Community Groups program and in particular is chairing the MicroXML Community Group.  This initiative is as a result of much informal discussion among XML experts to determine how best to improve XML technology through simplification.  After consolidation work by John Cowan and James Clark (who are now MicroXML spec editors) Ogbuji wrote an article and a follow-up, which led to coverage in SD Times, and stimulated creation of the Community Group, which has completed its first draft specification.  Ogbuji is also working on an open-source implementation of MicroXML for Python 3.

Zepheira webcast available: “Library of Congress New Bibliographic Framework Initiative: Update Forum”.

The webcast of a presentation made by Eric Miller in July at the Library of Congress can now be accessed here: “Library of Congress New Bibliographic Framework Initiative: Update Forum“.

The Library of Congress contracted with Zepheira to help accelerate the launch of the New Bibliographic Framework Initiative in June 2012. Zepheira is providing both a model to serve as a starting point for discussion and an analysis of related initiatives and efforts such as RDA, FRBR, ONIX, Schema.org and linked data projects from the British Library, German National Library and OCLC.

This presentation was recorded on July 16, 2012 describes Zepheira’s progress as of July 2012.

The presentation is also now available on YouTube

Zepheira supports the Digital Public Library of America

Zepheira has been contracted by the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to provide software architecture experience, particularly with the Technical Aspects workstream. Zepheira is supporting the overal development of the DPLA platform, and focused at present on an ingest mechanism to retrieve collections metadata from OAI-PMH and MODS sources, similarly to the data load capabilities of the ViewShare platform Zepheira is developing for the Library of Congress.  Zepheira also participated at the recent DPLA Content & Scope Workshop.

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Zepheira to present on Linked Data, MARC21 modeling at ALA Annual

Eric Miller from Zepheira will be giving the opening keynote at the LITA Linked Data Pre-Conference at the ALA 2012 Annual Conference on Friday, June 22 in Anaheim, California.

This preconference event is positioned to take advantage of the growing interest in the library community to work to transform the wealth of quality, library-created metadata – billions of bibliographic records, finding aids, descriptions of digital content – into linked data. Eric will describe an overview of these technologies, current trends, and demonstrate practical tools and techniques that will help link library data to the greater linked data cloud.

Eric will also be presenting at the Library of Congress Bibliographic Framework Transition Update Forum on Sunday, June 24 where he will be providing an update on the MARC21 linked data modeling effort recently launched by the Library of Congress.

Zepheira Freemix Highlighted in New PwC Report

Zepheira’s Freemix product has been highlighted in an article, “The art and science of new analytics technology,” starting on page 31 of the early 2012 ”technologyforecast” report, by PwC. The Freemix sidebar is entitled “Good visualizations without normalized data,” and found on page 39.

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The Library of Congress Announces Modeling Initiative with Zepheira

The Library of Congress has announced today a new Modeling Initiative with Zepheira that focuses on reflecting the MARC 21 library standard as a Linked Data model for the Web. The following excerpts form this announcement reflect this new effort the the potential impact of this work.

The Library of Congress is pleased to announce that it has contracted with Zepheira to help accelerate the launch of the Bibliographic Framework Initiative. A major focus of the project is to translate the MARC 21 format to a Linked Data (LD) model while retaining as much as possible the robust and beneficial aspects of the historical format. Zepheira brings to the project extensive experience in LD technology for library applications.

The Library of Congress has asked Zepheira to provide a model (or models) that can serve as a strong starting point for discussion, and an analysis of related initiatives underway that will be useful to this effort. LC expects that the proposed model(s) will change and be further tuned based on valuable feedback from the community and a natural progression of requirements as they are addressed. The initial model(s) will serve as a basis for work focused on a demonstration system/service which will then, in turn, be used to further refine the model(s). The expectation is that such iterative feedback loops will eventually ensure a flexible bibliographic framework, a robust reference code, a supporting infrastructure for deployment, and an effective migration plan to support the community in making a transition from MARC to a new framework.

“Make your HTML pages smarter with RDFa 1.1 Lite”

IBM developerWorks recently published an article by Zepheira’s own Uche Ogbuji giving Web developers a straightforward introduction into how to add structured data to Web sites using the new RDFa Lite specification. Zepheira has recently worked with several organizations, including World Health Organization (WHO) and  Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) to help them take full advantage of the emerging structured data Web, especially as accelerated through the schema.org initiative.

“Make your HTML pages smarter with RDFa 1.1 Lite: Optimize for search engines and other sophisticated tools”

Summary:  Resource Description Framework (RDF) has evolved into increasingly pragmatic formats over time. RDF annotation (RDFa) has been particularly successful as a system for annotating HTML documents inline on the web. It is supported by Google and other search engines in the form of Rich Snippets. The emergence of microdata and the Schema.org initiative applied pressure to simplify RDFa even further. The W3C took action and produced a radically simplified version: RDFa 1.1 Lite. In this article, learn about RDFa Lite, and get a head start on producing and processing the shape of Rich Snippets to come.

ViewShare News

On a regular basis, Zepheira will provide a summary of the many developments and stories about ViewShare in the news. Here are some of the most recent blog posts and articles:

Better Know a Viewshare: Exploring Texas Funeral Records – Jennifer Brancato digital archivist at East Texas Research Center, Stephen F. Austin State University, created a fascinating view of a set of funeral records which is now directly embedded in the collection landing page. In this blog entry, Trevor Owens, NDIIPP Digital Archivist documents his conversation with Jennifer about the collection and their ViewShare version.

A Collection of Collections: Learning More – NDIIPP maintains a dynamic list the digital collections that have been selected for preservation by the NDIIPP partners. This list was updated April 19 and reports that the NDIIPP collection of collections now stands at 1406. NDIIPP uses ViewShare to create an interactive view of these collections. It can be viewed on the NDIIPP project page.

Information Today published: Viewshare: Up Close and Personal With Your Digital Treasures
by Victoria McCargar
Posted On March 5, 2012.

This article provides an overview of ViewShare and the examples of its broad usage since its official launch, February 19, 2012. The informative article contains quotes from Zepheira’s Eric Miller and Uche Ogbuji and Trevor Owens from Library of Congress.