[CODE4LIB] OCLC websites down -- power failure

2010-05-09 Thread Adam Brin
FYI,
   All of OCLC's web presence has been down for a few hours now due to a major 
power failure.  This includes OCLC's website, worldcat.org, and worldcat local. 
OCLC is not sure when these and other services will be back up.

- adam


Re: [CODE4LIB] Curious about Cell Phone Barcode Scanning Apps

2009-05-12 Thread Adam Brin
I've also been doing some research into this.  There are a number of  
toolkits out there. zxing gets most of the way there and it has an  
iPhone package as well (an app called barcodes).  Most of them are  
still in the early stages.


I've also seen:
- http://zebra.sourceforge.net/
- http://www.bruji.com/cocoa/barcode.html
- http://code.google.com/p/jjil/

JJill seems to be in the backend of a bunch of them, but i've had a  
lot of trouble getting it setup.  I've been taking a conceptually  
different approach from Jonathan, focusing my thought on one platform  
that can showcase the app as opposed to solving the problem for all  
phones.


- adam

On May 8, 2009, at 7:47 AM, Jonathan Rochkind wrote:

I started to do a just bit of web research in this. Open source  
barcode photo recognition software looks like it's _just_ starting  
to become realistically available. This was the product that looked  
most promissing in my web research (not sure if it's what the  
Android app is using):


http://code.google.com/p/zxing/

My Umlaut software would be an _ideal_ end-point of barcode  
recognition, is why I started to look into it. Umlaut is designed  
specifically to meet the goal of taking a known item citation (such  
as an ISBN, sure), and returning a range of library availability and  
services for that item.  http://wiki.code4lib.org/index.php/Umlaut


The next step, which I haven't figured out yet, is how to get your  
software to participate in MMS/SMS architecture -- in particular to  
receive MMS/SMS messages in a way that's affordable to you and  
convenient to your users. (It looks like some but not all cell  
phones can send MMS messages to email, but not necessarily as  
conveniently as sending MMS to a cell number; but I'm not sure if  
there's a cheap way to have software receive MMS messages at a cell  
number. The Android app of course performs all it's processing on  
the Android itself, which you can do on a device-by-device basis for  
devices powerful enough for that; but I too am attracted to the idea  
of an MMS solution that would work on any MMS capable device, with  
no need to customize per device).


I also haven't actually looked at the zxing code yet.

But I'd love to have Umlaut able to receive an MMS message, and give  
the user back a concise list of library services/links. So many  
interesting projects, not enough time.


Jonathan

Matt Amory wrote:
I'm interested in some advice on building an app to pickup barcode  
data
through a cell phone camera and return OPAC/Library Thing/WorldCat  
etc.

results to a mobile interface.
I know that Android has a UPC barcode reader linked to a shopping  
app, and
I'm wondering if this can be used or repurposed, or if there's a  
better

place to begin.

Thanks!



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[CODE4LIB] z39.50 usage questions

2008-07-18 Thread Adam Brin
We're doing some internal research on how our z39.50 server is being  
used here at the CDL.  I'm curious if anyone else is keeping stats on  
usage?  Or, if you're using z39.50 what are you using it for?


We're looking at:
- average usage per month
- client name (as they advertise themselves to the server -- eg  
refworks, or yaz or INNOPAC)

- percentage of usage local vs. external
- percentage of use by TLD

Does anyone keep track of this sort of data locally?

thanks,

adam

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[CODE4LIB] [Position Announcement] Tri-Colleges Web Developer

2007-10-22 Thread Adam Brin
The Tri-College Library Consortium of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore
Colleges seeks a talented web developer to help expand its digital
initiatives. The ideal candidate has strong interpersonal skills,
proficiency with the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP), and a keen
interest in working in a highly-collaborative academic environment. The
successful candidate will play a central role in designing, integrating, and
improving services in support of library users. The Consortium's digital
initiatives include the library catalog, image databases, institutional
repository software, blogs, wikis, and other applications.

TO APPLY: http://trilogy.brynmawr.edu/tricojob.html



Adam Brin
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Tri-Colleges Systems Coordinator
Bryn Mawr | Haverford | Swarthmore
610.526.5294


[CODE4LIB] Position Announcement -- Web Developer / Application Support Specialist

2007-07-06 Thread Adam Brin
-- Apologies for Cross Posting --


Web Developer / Application Support Specialist
--
The Tri-College Library Consortium seeks a creative, collaborative, and
forward-thinking individual to develop online services and support digital
initiatives. Reporting to the Tri-Colleges Systems and Applications
Coordinator, the incumbent will be integral in the creation and
implementation of technologies to improve library services. Such
technologies include federated searching, streaming media, digital
repositories, the library catalog, and other projects. The Libraries of Bryn
Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges are located within 10 miles of each
other in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. The position is based at
Swarthmore College, but the incumbent will spend time on each campus for
meetings, project work, and collaboration with library staff.

Review of resumes to begin August 1st.


To apply or for more information:
http://trilogy.swarthmore.edu/tricojob.html
Please include a cover letter, desired salary and a copy of your resume.

Please send any questions to: [EMAIL PROTECTED]


Swarthmore College is a highly selective, liberal arts college situated on a
beautiful suburban Philadelphia campus. The College offers excellent health
benefits, a retirement plan, generous vacation, tuition benefits for you and
your family, an on- site fitness center and many other benefits.

Swarthmore College has a strong institutional commitment to excellence
through diversity in its educational program and employment. The College
actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with diverse
backgrounds including those who have intercultural experience and those with
demonstrable commitments to an inclusive society and world.



Adam Brin
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Tri-Colleges Systems Coordinator
Bryn Mawr | Haverford | Swarthmore
610.526.5294


Re: [CODE4LIB] libxess

2007-05-08 Thread Adam Brin
Hi Godmar,
Just FYI, David's script doesn't work with all III catalogs.
Z39.50 might be a slightly better option (our's, for example, seems to
produce errors from his test page). I'd be willing to work with you on it,
if you're up for trying to figure out why it doesn't work in our case.

- adam


On Tue, May 08, 2007 at 03:37:16PM -0400, Godmar Back wrote:
 Hi,

 following up on our discussion about how to extract holdings
 information from a III catalog, and following David's generous offer
 to share his code, I went ahead and started a sourceforge project:
 libxess.

 libxess is intended to bridge the gap between Library 2.0 services
 and legacy ILS such as III Millennium and others. See the picture at
 http://libxess.sourceforge.net/ It is intended to provide a simple,
 yet clean web interface to a set of proxy scripts which in turn handle
 the specific access to those legacy systems.

 We have an immediate if mundane use for libxess in LibX: we'd like to
 show people what their library holds. Although we could have included
 this functionality via screen-scraping into the client, we felt for
 various reasons that it may be better to keep this as an optional,
 server-side service.

 Our vision is that if a library installs libxess, then it can benefit
 from all services that are libxess-enabled. - LibX being just one of
 them. lnstalling libxess should be a low overhead operation, such as
 uploading a few php scripts to a server. Our target audience are not
 programmers, they're librarians who may have limited access to their
 ILS (*), but who usually have access to a web server and a place to
 run php scripts.

 I feel that many library-related projects, at least in as much as they
 interact with existing ILS, would benefit from such a facility, and,
 to my knowledge, there doesn't seem to be such a facility as of know.
 For this reason, I'd like to invite interested people to either
 contribute or give their input. You could contribute by, for instance,
 providing code for your catalog or whichever system you'd like to see
 supported. If so, give me your sourceforge account and I'll set you up
 with CVS access.

 Let me propose to use the sourceforge forum at
 http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=693773 for
 discussions.

 A related question is what the exported interface for this service
 should be. Right now, there's none. David's script returns MARC-XML.
 I'm wondering if this may be an application for unapi (and for me
 finally reason to read through its spec ;-). I had also considered
 OpenURL v0.1, but as an outsider I really know too little about
 library APIs and formats, so I'd be grateful for input here.
 Simplicity is paramount.

 - Godmar

 (*) Keeping in mind that in some III-based libraries, you have to have
 reached a status that's comparable to OT4 just to gain the privilege
 to contact the vendor's helpdesk.


Re: [CODE4LIB] Z39.50 for III Database?

2007-05-02 Thread Adam Brin
Nathan,
It's totally do-able.  We have a similar system in place for our
subject portal (http://trilogy.brynmawr.edu/guides ).  We're using the YAZ
toolkit with PHP (as opposed to rails).  But in the admin module, library
staff search and WSYWIG edit the catalog for records to import, and they're
updated daily).  One thing you may need to do, however, is to have III
modify your z39.50 profile to include the bibid (935) it'll make a big
difference.

- adam

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Bryn Mawr | Haverford | Swarthmore
610.526.5294


-Original Message-
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of
Walker, David
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 11:32 AM
To: CODE4LIB@listserv.nd.edu
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Z39.50 for III Database?

Here is the class code for my screen scraper.  Rather simple, but can be
useful in certain cases.

http://xerxes.calstate.edu/source/iii/InnopacWeb.zip

--Dave

---
David Walker
Library Web Services Manager
California State University
http://xerxes.calstate.edu



From: Code for Libraries on behalf of Godmar Back
Sent: Tue 5/1/2007 3:32 PM
To: CODE4LIB@listserv.nd.edu
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Z39.50 for III Database?



If I may follow up on an earlier discussion [ relevant parts are
included below ] regarding how to extract holdings information from
III or other catalogs.

I have one thing to offer and 1 thing to request. I'll start with the
offering: MAJAX. MAJAX is a JavaScript library that screenscrapes III
catalogs and can include the results so obtained into any document
served from the same domain. URL of the current code is
http://libx.org/majax/majax.html ; a demo is at
http://libx.org/majax/majaxtest4.html )

After an initial, somewhat clumsy approach, we've now adopted an
approach that's similar to COinS. For instance, to include holdings
information for a book into a website, all you have to do is include a
span class=majax-showholdings title=iX/span in your
HTML, and include MAJAX via a single script element, which will
result in that SPAN being replaced with the holdings of the book with
ISBN XXX. Also support bibrecord number and title.
It's so easy a cave librarian could do it. It can be done directly
from the WebBridge management panel for those of you have are damned
to use WebBridge. Of course, the underlying JavaScript API is still
available for more advanced users. MAJAX has been released under the
LGPL.

Now for the thing to request. Are there any reusable, open source
scripts out there that implements a REST interface that screenscrapes
or otherwise efficiently accesses a III catalog? David and James have
provided links, but no code. I would be grateful for anything I could
reuse and don't have to reimplement.

Here's what I envision:

Interface: REST

Input: search terms/type - maybe OpenURL v0.1-syntax, or another
adopted standard, or something custom, but ideally simple.

Output: XML - maybe Marc XML with 852 (or whatever the number is)
holdings records - similar to what David's screen scrape test
provides. Ideally XML that comes with a schema and validates against
it. Maybe JSON like James's scripts (?)

Implementation: Something that a cave librarian could deploy - good
candidates are PhP and possibly Perl-based cgi, but one could conceive
of others. Nothing that requires elaborate server setups or installing
custom frameworks.

Thank you for any pointers/suggestions you may have.

 - Godmar

On 3/4/07, Birkin James Diana [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 On Mar 1, 2007, at 5:23 PM, Walker, David wrote:

  http://walkertr.csusm.edu/scrape/test.htm

 Very cool; works on our III catalog!

 Nathan Mealy -- I also used the screenscrape method to get info we
 needed for a couple of ISBN-based projects, not knowing at the time
 about the yaz-z39.50-OPAC option.

 By implementing this in the form of a web-service, I can switch the
 work-horse code without affecting other apps, and minimize session
 concerns.

 http://dl.lib.brown.edu/soa_services/josiah_status/examples.php
 http://dl.lib.brown.edu/soa_services/josiah_status/tests/
 InfoHolderTest.php

 (The returned json info is more comprehensible via view-source.)

 ---
 Birkin James Diana
 Programmer, Web Services
 Brown University Library
 [EMAIL PROTECTED]



Re: [CODE4LIB] Z39.50 for III Database?

2007-05-02 Thread Adam Brin
Actually, it comes with the OPAC as far as I know.  We don't have the XML
server.

- adam

On Wed, May 02, 2007 at 02:51:04PM -0700, Bin Zhang wrote:
  -Original Message-
  From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of
  Adam Brin
  Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 2:29 PM
  To: CODE4LIB@listserv.nd.edu
  Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Z39.50 for III Database?
 
  BTW, one other solution comes to mind, III supports an XML format
  request
  from the OPAC (it has to be configured in the wwwoptions to enable, but
  you *should* be able to request bib's/items via:
 
  catalog_url/xrecord=b100200
  catalog_url/xrecord=i102345
 
  eg.
  http://tripod.brynmawr.edu/xrecord=b1005614
 
  I believe it's III's xml (as opposed to marcXML, but it might be
  preferable (and easier). It's essentially a poor man's rest interface.
 
  - adam
 [BZ] You don't have it unless you have purchased the XML server product, 
 right?

 Bin

 
  On Tue, May 01, 2007 at 06:32:02PM -0400, Godmar Back wrote:
   If I may follow up on an earlier discussion [ relevant parts are
   included below ] regarding how to extract holdings information from
   III or other catalogs.
  
   I have one thing to offer and 1 thing to request. I'll start with the
   offering: MAJAX. MAJAX is a JavaScript library that screenscrapes III
   catalogs and can include the results so obtained into any document
   served from the same domain. URL of the current code is
   http://libx.org/majax/majax.html ; a demo is at
   http://libx.org/majax/majaxtest4.html )
  
   After an initial, somewhat clumsy approach, we've now adopted an
   approach that's similar to COinS. For instance, to include holdings
   information for a book into a website, all you have to do is include
  a
   span class=majax-showholdings title=iX/span in your
   HTML, and include MAJAX via a single script element, which will
   result in that SPAN being replaced with the holdings of the book with
   ISBN XXX. Also support bibrecord number and title.
   It's so easy a cave librarian could do it. It can be done directly
   from the WebBridge management panel for those of you have are damned
   to use WebBridge. Of course, the underlying JavaScript API is still
   available for more advanced users. MAJAX has been released under the
   LGPL.
  
   Now for the thing to request. Are there any reusable, open source
   scripts out there that implements a REST interface that screenscrapes
   or otherwise efficiently accesses a III catalog? David and James have
   provided links, but no code. I would be grateful for anything I could
   reuse and don't have to reimplement.
  
   Here's what I envision:
  
   Interface: REST
  
   Input: search terms/type - maybe OpenURL v0.1-syntax, or another
   adopted standard, or something custom, but ideally simple.
  
   Output: XML - maybe Marc XML with 852 (or whatever the number is)
   holdings records - similar to what David's screen scrape test
   provides. Ideally XML that comes with a schema and validates against
   it. Maybe JSON like James's scripts (?)
  
   Implementation: Something that a cave librarian could deploy - good
   candidates are PhP and possibly Perl-based cgi, but one could
  conceive
   of others. Nothing that requires elaborate server setups or
  installing
   custom frameworks.
  
   Thank you for any pointers/suggestions you may have.
  
   - Godmar
  
   On 3/4/07, Birkin James Diana [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
   On Mar 1, 2007, at 5:23 PM, Walker, David wrote:
   
http://walkertr.csusm.edu/scrape/test.htm
   
   Very cool; works on our III catalog!
   
   Nathan Mealy -- I also used the screenscrape method to get info we
   needed for a couple of ISBN-based projects, not knowing at the time
   about the yaz-z39.50-OPAC option.
   
   By implementing this in the form of a web-service, I can switch the
   work-horse code without affecting other apps, and minimize session
   concerns.
   
   http://dl.lib.brown.edu/soa_services/josiah_status/examples.php
   http://dl.lib.brown.edu/soa_services/josiah_status/tests/
   InfoHolderTest.php
   
   (The returned json info is more comprehensible via view-source.)
   
   ---
   Birkin James Diana
   Programmer, Web Services
   Brown University Library
   [EMAIL PROTECTED]
   


Re: [CODE4LIB] MARC File validation

2007-04-23 Thread Adam Brin
Dan,
If you install the MARC.pm perl module, it does validation.  You
might even try the web form if it's just a specific file:

http://marcpm.sourceforge.net/cgi-bin/converter.cgi

- adam

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Bryn Mawr | Haverford | Swarthmore
610.526.5294


-Original Message-
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Dan
Field
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2007 7:11 AM
To: CODE4LIB@listserv.nd.edu
Subject: [CODE4LIB] MARC File validation

I'm developing a Patron Self Registration system for our Virtua
installation and I have run into a problem. Virtua stores patron
records in a pseudo-MARC format. This means that records can be
loaded with the vload.exe which is also used for loading bib/holding/
item MARC records aswell. Only, I seem to have a bug in my MARC file
generation and I can't get any decent verbose information as to where
the bug may be.

Are there any MARC File validation tools about? I'm running OS X but
have access to XP and a variety of Linux/UNIX boxes too.

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Datblygwr Systemau Systems Developer
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