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DLC 2012 proceedings now online and free O’Reilly webinar on metadata sharing

For those that missed the fall 2012 Depository Library Conference — and for those who want to go back and check their notes — you’ll be happy to know that the DLC conference proceedings are now online! There were many informative and interesting sessions of course. But one in particular I’d like to highlight was Chris Brown’s presentation, “Fiche Online: A Vision for Digitizing All Documents Fiche” (PDF). I’m excited to see that Chris Brown is moving ahead with this project as I’ve been thinking of a project similar to this for a long time — and have been requesting purchase of a scanner able to do batch scanning for a few years in order to work on this (one of these days, that proposal will get funded!). But what really piqued my interest was when Chris mentioned that he’d like to change the mindset on digitization projects. He called for not only digitization, but the public sharing of metadata (he called it a “record distribution model”). In this model, digitizing libraries would make their records available via harvest/FTP or some other method and other libraries would then be able to ingest those records into their own discovery environments. I wholeheartedly agree!!

Chris’ presentation and mind-shift proposal are connected to the following FREE O’Reilly webinar in which Pilar Wyman, the President of the American Society for Indexing (ASI), will discuss the very idea that Chris has proposed. Hope you can “attend”!


Adding Value with Metadata: Open up the Index
Friday, November 9, 2012
10AM PT, San Francisco
6pm – London | 1pm – New York | Sat, Nov 10th at 5am – Sydney | Sat, Nov 10th at 3am – Tokyo | Sat, Nov 10th at 2am – Beijing | 11:30pm – Mumbai

Presented by: Pilar Wyman

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

Cost: Free

In this webcast presentation we’ll explore new paths for reusing content metadata for discovery and recommendations. Indexes are one of the most detailed metadata sets available for your content, and can be used to search, recommend, explore, and create buyers for your publications.

We’ll talk about:

  • baseline metadata
  • semantic markup
  • whether you need controlled vocabularies across multiple publications
  • displaying mashups of multiple indexes
  • incorporating social input

About Pilar Wyman

Pilar Wyman is the President of the American Society for Indexing (ASI), the voice of excellence in indexing. A veteran freelance indexer with her own successful business, she is also an active member of the ASI Digital Trends Task Force, which was formed in 2011 to address the continuing and rapidly increasing evolution of book publishing from traditional print to eBook formats. The DTTF was a key player in the recent International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) inclusion of indexes in the EPUB standard, and continues to work with the IDPF Indexes Working Group. Within her own indexing and via the DTTF, Pilar and ASI are currently engaged with publishers, hardware manufacturers, and software developers to design and create smart indexes for the digital age.

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