I am forwarding this message because, for some reason, it came to me
as the administrator of the list. Hmmm...
> Longtime reader, firsttime submitter.
> I am a cataloger who has been working with digitizing, PHP, MySQL and
> trying to move the catalog out of the ILS. I think that this forum
> is the
> correct one for these discussions. To me CODE4LIB means that we are
> working to develop real solutions for real problems that the
> vendors will
> not be able to do because of financial and contractual restraints.
> I also believe that there are going to be multiple solutions that
> work --
> even multiple solutions at single institutions. I don't think that
> is a real weakness with MARC, but there is with the ways that it
> has been
> used to date.
> I really appreciate the "crappyblackboxie....thingy". Our real
> problem is
> not the rich information that has been created over the last 100
> but the fact that I can only get to it if I use a special tool.
> Seeing as Dublin Core et al. have been based to a great extent on
> MARC and
> AACR, it is a shame (and as a cataloger, may I say embarassment)
> that MARC
> itself is so lacking in interoperability.
> I believe that that is the key: interoperability. I believe that we
> to work towards means of integrating the "catalog" with the rest of
> information world. OpenWorldCat is a great step in this direction,
> but now
> we need to get our catalogers and other librarians and users adding
> "metadata" (aka "cataloging," "tagging", "taxonomies", "reviews",
> etc.) to
> the rest of the materials.
> We have the basic tools available to start doing this, especially
> the open
> source tools for converting MARC to MARCXML and Lucene, Z39.50,
> etc. I am
> really excited by the work that the CODE4LIB people have already been
> I'll stop for now. Sorry I've been so longwinded,
>> On 6/6/06, Eric Lease Morgan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> On the other hand we are a bunch o' hackers, and there is more to
>>> this thing (whatever it is called) than code. We need the
>>> of catalogers, reference types, administrators, vendors, etc. Thus,
>>> the idea for creating a new list.
>> Ok, that's fair enough, but will they come? My experiences with these
>> kind of things is that what we would like to see happen won't. Maybe
>> I'm overly pessimistic, but I think there is far too much politics in
>> the library world these days for real discussions to take place
>> outside of the hacking realm. Hmm. Maybe I should get soome coffee
>> come back and answer things in a more positive light. :)
>> "Ultimately, all things are known because you want to believe you
>> - Frank
>> __ http://shelter.nu/
> Ross Shanley-Roberts
> Authority Control Librarian/
> Special Projects Cataloger
> Miami University
> Oxford, OH 45056
> 513 529-3376