CIL 2006 – Structured data, Web 2.0, Libraries

Lorcan Dempsey

Second day of the conference and my first post… It’s been busy, but exhilirating. This was a good session that really worked to bring together the possibilities of web 2.0 for libraries. Lorcan began by emphasizing the need to make bib data work harder; of releasing the value from Library Marc and IsO markup.

Lorcan framed the conversation by using the definition of web 2.0 from Tim O’Reilly. Web 2.0 is:

  1. flat applications – apis and mashups, rss, web services; lightweight service composition
  2. rich interaction – AJAX, smooth applications within browser
  3. data is new functionality – collection, exploitation of metadata and bib data
  4. participation – social networking, social tagging

Lorcan walked through how these web2.o features are appearing in OCLC research applications.

Lightweight Service Composition Example
audience level grease monkey script – algorithm ranks book according to worldcat holdings (library holdings indicate type of audience – children, adolescent, adult, research…)

Rich Interaction Example
Livesearch of LCSH – FRBR inspired results, narrow by Dewey attributes. Brings smooth interaction of AJAX to searching bib records. Creates an application that is very responsive to user request (The new web site tools and technologies session talked about the “how to” of AJAX yesterday. Look for those slides on the conference web site – .)

Data is new functionality example
FictionFinder – interface that supports searching and browsing of fiction works in worldcat;
algorithm about most purchased books by library dictates display order, faceted browse by work; created special indexes (fictitious character, literary form…)

Lorcan closed by calling for libraries to enable people to prospect our data – keep them around. We must imagine new ways to mine our data to show different filters and views to our users.

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Jason A. Clark builds digital library applications and sets digital content strategies for Montana State University Libraries. He writes and presents on a broad range of topics ranging from XML and copyright to interface design and metadata. Jason first became interested in the intersection between libraries and technology while working as a web administrator for the Division of Information Technology at the University of Wisconsin. After two years, he moved on to lead the web services department at Williams College Libraries. It was here that he began to apply cataloging principles for search and retrieval in general library applications. When he's not thinking about metadata, Jason likes to hike the mountains of Montana with his wife, Jennifer, and their dog, Oakley.