American Library Association 2014 Annual Conference

There was a strong Zepheira presence at last month’s American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas. We announced our new Libhub initiative as well as additional products and services we are offering to help libraries take advantage of BIBFRAME and Library Linked Data.

Denver Public Library purchased the first Libhub Early Adopter Package on the eve of the conference. We held the first alumni meeting of our Library Linked Data training series “The Practical Practitioner”. There were nearly a dozen ALA sessions touching on BIBFRAME, and a lot of buzz around the technology. We educated attendees on the value of Libhub as a means for easy adoption of BIBFRAME.

Zepheira employee Vicki Mueller was sworn in as co-chair of the Library/MARC Formats Transition Interest Group.

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National Library Board, Singapore Selects Zepheira to Perform Linked Data Modeling and Conversion

The National Library Board, Singapore (“NLB”) is responsible for a great deal of information valuable to the Singapore public in the form of traditional library resources including physical and digital books and serial publications. In 2014 NLB has launched a project to make available much of the information cataloguing and characterizing these materials as Linked Data suitable for the Web. Doing so will make it easier for patrons to discover relevant materials and information through Web searches, social media, mobile applications and other developments which take advantage of modern Web technology.

This project includes an implementation of a Linked Data Management System (LDMS), transformation of selected library records into Linked Data resource formats in the LDMS, and a demonstration Web site which takes advantage of the special value of Linked Data. Led by the Resource Discovery & Management Group (RDM) of the NLB, responsible for creating metadata records for physical and digital materials, Latize has been brought into the role of systems integrator and Zepheira has been brought in for architectural leadership and data transformation services. Latize is providing the LDMS to host and manage linked data which is designed and transformed by Zepheira.

Zepheira is undertaking this project in connection with other projects for bringing library resources into the Web/Linked Data world. This includes the Bibliographic Framework (BIBFRAME) initiative Zepheira has led along with the US Library of Congress, work on Library Linked Data for Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), the BIBFLOW project to reinvent cataloging and models for the future of library operations, with University of California, Davis, and more.

In completing this project for NLB Zepheira shall be employing our expertise in Linked Data modeling, Library Linked Data, and our tools to support data modeling and conversion from MARC, Dublin Core/XML, ISAD-G and other legacy library, museum and archives data formats.

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Viewshare in Transition: New Look and Feel, Now Hosted at Library of Congress

In recent months we’ve been very busy on the Viewshare front. The Viewshare platform has had a complete overhaul and there is a brand new look and feel, along with workflow and feature improvements. These changes represent quite a change for users, so they have been pushed to a beta area for now to allow people to get used to them and provide feedback. We think you’ll really like what you see, so please give Viewshare Beta a try! (Update: It’s moved to Viewshare proper – give Viewshare a try!)

Details of the improvements we’ve made can be found on The Signal, the Library of Congress’ Digital Preservation blog.

In addition to the platform changes, hosting of the Viewshare application has been transitioned to the Library of Congress. Zepheira will remain involved in software maintenance and various aspects of the project for the foreseeable future.

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Zepheira to keynote Ohio Library Council Technical Services Retreat

The Ohio Library Council is the statewide professional association which represents the interests of Ohio’s public libraries as well as their trustees, Friends and staffs. The Keynote for this years technical service retreat on Apr 21 in Columbus, Ohio will be Eric Miller, co-founder and president of Zepheira.

This Keynote will provide an overview of the Web as a Linked Data platform and discuss the evolving technical, social, and policy trends that are shaping the application of these technologies (such as BIBFRAME) by the Library community. This talk will further demonstrate practical uses of these technologies and demonstrate how they may be used to lower costs; accelerate collaboration beyond our traditional community walls; and provide new ways which public libraries in Ohio can leverage the Web to support more effective end-user discovery, sharing, curation, and reuse of credible information.

Zepheira at 20th Annual Conference & Exhibition of Special Libraries in Qatar

Zepheira will be in attendance at the 20th Annual Conference & Exhibition of Special Libraries (Arabian Gulf Chapter) to be held in Doha, Qatar from March 25-27, 2014. The conference will bring together librarians, researchers and educators from around the world who are engaged in the fields of knowledge acquisition, organization, and dissemination. The theme of this year’s conference is “Enhancing the Digital Knowledge Society’s Information Needs”.

Eric Miller will be participating in a panel entitled “As Information Distribution Changes, So Too Do Exchange Standards”.

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A New Viewshare Public Beta is Available

Zepheira and the Library of Congress have released a new version of the Viewshare platform that offers a significantly improved workflow along and several new features. Because the changes are so significant, it is being released as a public beta to allow people to get used to it and give feedback. Current Viewshare users please give it a try and let us know what you think!

For details of what’s new in the platform check out the Library of Congress blog post.

Access the new beta version of Viewshare here (Update: It’s moved into Viewshare, so give Viewshare a try!)

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Getty Meeting Report: Integrating Imaging and Analytical Technologies for Conservation Practice

In September 2013, the GCI convened a meeting of experts to explore the extent to which computer-assisted technologies may help cultural heritage researchers integrate different types of data, including those from different researchers and different institutions, in a way that facilitates the extraction, sharing and understanding of new information by a broad community of users.

Zepheira joined a group of thirty experts who participated in the meeting, representing the fields of conservation, conservation science, art history, imaging science, data visualization, data and information science, astronomy, computer science, medicine, and software development. Institutions represented included cultural heritage institutions (museums and research/teaching organizations), universities, government agencies, and corporations.

During two and a half days of animated discussion, meeting participants discussed the state of the field in both cultural heritage research practice and computer-assisted technologies, identified new avenues of research that would be made possible or enhanced by data integration, suggested measures for implementing and supporting computer-assisted solutions to data integration, and identified priorities for action.

Read more about the meeting’s recommendations and outcomes in the meeting report.

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Linked Data at the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs – Case Study Radio, Ep. 2

The second installment of the podcast series, “Case Study Radio,” sponsored by Zepheira, focuses on stories of applications of Semantic Technologies. In the latest episode, we speak with Ramanathan “R.V.” Guha about a project at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs that utilized Linked Data and the vocabulary to develop a mechanism by which returning veterans can find employment opportunities. The work was originally announced in 2011 by and the White House, and has seen significant growth and adoption in the time since that announcement.

Listen to it here.

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Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME) Update – ALA: January 26, 2014

The Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME) is a major community challenge to provide an alternative to the deeply embedded MARC formats that will be more compatible with the Internet and linked data environment, and that offers new opportunities to leverage information. This update at the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association in Philadelphia, Pa., on January 26, 2014, shares information on current developments as work continues on this significant effort.

Beacher J.E. Wiggins is director for Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access at the Library of Congress. Sally Hart McCallum is chief of the Network Development and MARC Standards Office at the Library of Congress. Reinhold Heuvelmann is an information standards specialist at the German National Library and participated as a BIBFRAME early experimenter. Jackie Shieh is resource description group librarian at the George Washington University Libraries and participated as a BIBFRAME early experimenter. Eric Miller is president of Zepheira. He has been active in the development of semantic web and library standards as well as open source tools to support linked data technologies and library applications.

Watch the presentation here. Eric Miller’s talk begins at 40:46 and includes a demonstration of the BIBFRAME Scribe prototype which is in early stages of development. The Scribe is planned to be a tool which will allow for cataloging of library assets in BIBFRAME format.

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Case Study Radio: The Business Value of Linked Data has launched a new podcast series, “Case Study Radio,” that focuses on stories of applications of Semantic Technologies. The first episode, sponsored by Zepheira, features a conversation with Dr. Eric Miller.

During our 14 minute discussion, we briefly talk about “What is Linked Data,” and then quickly move on to discuss the nature of Linked Data and the general business value to organizations that have taken Linked Data approaches. Dr. Miller mentions several high-profile, successful implementations, and in future episodes, we will take a deeper look at similar case studies.

Future episodes of Case Study Radio are planned to air monthly.

Listen to it here.

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