[CODE4LIB] Mike, Ryan, others, subscribe to this list under new eMail address

2010-07-19 Thread Ziso, Ya'aqov
not sure who's taking care of this (Mike, Ryan): by the end of this week I NEED 
to be subscribed under a new email address;
what to do, what to do, what to do? please reply to eternally thankful 

Re: [CODE4LIB] SRU indexes for Aleph

2010-06-09 Thread Ziso, Ya'aqov
This may be the first time the issue comes up at this level with Aleph. Are YOU 
an ALEPH or Voyager customer?
If you are on ALEPH, simply open a support_ticket requesting what you need/want.
Any ALEPH customer can do that (Please!) and keep CODE4LIB up-to-date.

On 6/9/10 11:29 AM, LeVan,Ralph le...@oclc.org wrote:

 -Original Message-
 From: Code for Libraries [mailto:code4...@listserv.nd.edu] On Behalf Of Ere
 Sent: Wednesday, June 09, 2010 4:11 AM

 it's probably a custom YAZ Proxy. This is as far as I know the default
 mapping to Z39.50 (of course it could have been modified locally):

 Really?  I find it hard to believe that the Index Data folks don't know how to
 make an Explain record.

 Are you saying that Aleph has no native SRU capability and YAZ is the only SRU
 access to it?



Re: [CODE4LIB] algorithm for Summon's Recommender

2010-05-07 Thread Ziso, Ya'aqov
Thanks Andrew, 
Everything's fine, and no need to go beyond documentation SerialsSolutions plan 
on makiing public. 

From: Andrew Nagy [asn...@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2010 5:00 PM
To: Ziso, Ya'aqov; Code for Libraries
Subject: Re: algorithm for Summon's Recommender

Hi Ya'aqov - I'm about to board a plane so I don't have much time for
a well formed response.  We do not have anything published about
Summon's relevancy algorithms nor the recommendation engine.  I'd be
happy to answer any specific questions offline as I don't feel it
appropriate to get into details about a commericial product in this


On 5/6/10, Ziso, Ya'aqov z...@rowan.edu wrote:
 hi Andrew,

 bX derives from research done at Los  Alamos National Laboratory by Johan
 Bollen and Herbert Van de Sompel. Its ranking and algorithm can be analyzed
 in the published article
 Can SerialsSolutions point us to something explaining Summon’s Recommender?


 •  If you're not part of the problem, you're not part of the solution •

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[CODE4LIB] algorithm for Summon's Recommender

2010-05-06 Thread Ziso, Ya'aqov
hi Andrew,

bX derives from research done at Los  Alamos National Laboratory by Johan 
Bollen and Herbert Van de Sompel. Its ranking and algorithm can be analyzed in 
the published article 
Can SerialsSolutions point us to something explaining Summon’s Recommender?


•  If you're not part of the problem, you're not part of the solution •

Re: [CODE4LIB] What do you want out of a frbrized data web service?

2010-04-21 Thread Ziso, Ya'aqov
Here's a thought: 

John Riley in an authority record is linked through the 670 field (author of 
Cells today) where Cells today is the 245 in a bibliographic record. Let's 
assume there are about 4 John Riley(s) who wrote about cells, each in their own 
bib record.  If any bibliographic record is part of a 'chain' of FRBRized 
manifestations where one of these manifestations includes also a date (relevant 
to a certain Riley John), a more detailed description of those cells, or a 502 
such as Riley John submitted a dissertation on a specific branch in chemistry), 
or a video with John Riley's picture,  I can benefit and link (via an API 
query) to that information to distinguish that Riley, John.

Jenn, Jonathan, does my scenario make sense?

From: Code for Libraries [code4...@listserv.nd.edu] On Behalf Of Jonathan 
Rochkind [rochk...@jhu.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 7:18 PM
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] What do you want out of a frbrized data web service?

I started preparing a longer answer to this, and still will provide one

But first, to really answer the question, we need some more information
from you. What data do you actually have of value? Just saying we have
FRBRized data doesn't really tell me, FRBRized data can be almost
anything, really.   Can you tell us more about what value you think
you've added to your data as a result of your FRBRization?  What do
you have that wasn't there before?  Better relationships between
manifestations?  Something else?

I forget, were you focusing on specific material types (music or moving
image?) in this project, or is this just general materials, covering the
gamut of what one would expect from a major academic library?  If you've
done special work with music or moving image, what is the nature of the
value added there?

Do these questions make sense?   To know how I might want to use the
data, I need to know a bit more about what you've actually got that's
useful, which it's FRBRized doesn't really tell me.

But as far as do you want real-time querries to a web service, or bulk
download of the data? -- yes, I'd want both, probably. Either one will
be the most convenient depending on what I'm trying to do. If you _had_
to pick one, it would be 'bulk download', because _anything_ is possible
with bulk download -- but for certain uses, it can take a lot more work
on my part for bulk download, so if that's all there is there, it will
be a higher barrier for use than if real-time web api was available.
But if _only_ real-time querries are available, then certain things are
just impossible (mainly indexing-time enhancement of my data).


Riley, Jenn wrote:
 Hi all,

 At Indiana University we're working on a project that will help us see
 concretely what FRBRized [1] library data and discovery systems might look
 like. [2] One of our project goals is to share the raw FRBRized data widely
 so that others can look at it to see how it's structured, reuse it, improve
 on it, comment on the FRBRization effectiveness, etc. We're planning on
 allowing remote/Web Services/API/SRU/some machine-to-machine method like
 that access to the data. As we're starting to think about how we should set
 that up, we thought it would be useful to gather some use cases from the
 code4lib community, as it's the folks here that are experimenting with
 services like this. So if there were FRBRized data available to you (at
 least for FRBR group 1 and group 2 entities; *maybe* group 3 as well), what
 would you do with it? What kinds of questions would your service (discovery
 system, whatever) ask a service that made this data available? What kinds of
 information would you want in a response? Would you have uses that called
 for downloading of all data at once or would you instead be better off
 with real-time queries to a web service? It's questions like that we're
 interested in brainstorming with this group about.

 Basically, what type of access to the data we're generating is most
 important, since we have finite resources to expend on this right now.

 Thanks, all!


 [1] http://www.loc.gov/cds/downloads/FRBR.PDF
 [2] http://vfrbr.info

 Jenn Riley
 Metadata Librarian
 Digital Library Program
 Indiana University - Bloomington
 Wells Library W501
 (812) 856-5759

 Inquiring Librarian blog: www.inquiringlibrarian.blogspot.com

Re: [CODE4LIB] What do you want out of a FRBRized data web service?

2010-04-21 Thread Ziso, Ya'aqov
Karen Coyle,

By ‘create entities’ (below) is it NECESSARY to create records (and keep them 
up-to-date), or is it possible/preferable to create them on the fly?

 It would be ideal to have an actual entity for each of the FRBR 1, 2  and 
3 entities. We could even create entities that aren't exactly in FRBR, such as 
for publication dates, publishers, languages. And the   main view is not of a 
single entity, but an entity in relation to other entities. What's nearby? What 
happens when I combine these two?  (Also see WorldCat Identities as an example 
of data that can be shown  in relation to a person entity.) 

Re: [CODE4LIB] ILS short list

2010-04-08 Thread Ziso, Ya'aqov
Ed, Eric, Bill, please confirm) to my knowledge ALEPH had API to BIB, AUTH, 
HOLD, ITEM since version 16+

On 4/8/10 2:47 PM, Bill Dueber b...@dueber.com wrote:

 On Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 2:32 PM, Ryan Eby ryan...@gmail.com wrote:
 * Export
 Built in. MARC21 or flat file formats. Unicode support is available as an

 ...as an extra??? This is the saddest thing I've ready all day.

Re: [CODE4LIB] WorldCat Terminologies

2010-03-21 Thread Ziso, Ya'aqov
I'm certain that as Ralph indicated, this file has been kept weekly up-to-date.
The html page header will be, eventually, fixed as well to reflect accurately 
the file's last update and its SRU searchability. The fact remains that for 
all: terminologies/identities/xISSN/xISBN  WC-DEVNET is the customer support 
and quality control.

We have no other address for maintenance, and possibly OCLC Research's 
dedicated staff lack such address as well. Yes, these experimental services 
reside on OCLC servers.

Unfortunately, given this customer support model, OCLC Research will be 
constantly put in a defensive position and all we can do is flag problems and 
maintain this loop.

(unless any of you has an idea for a loophole and, please, bring it on!)

-Original Message-
From: Code for Libraries on behalf of Jonathan Rochkind
Sent: Sun 3/21/2010 12:19 AM
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] WorldCat Terminologies
Yeah, the statement that it's a static copy from 2006 would have stopped me in 
my tracks if I had somehow happened accross the page, which I probably wouldn't 
have, but now I've bookmarked it so I might find it again -- but will probably 
forget that it's REALLY up to date even though it says 2006 on it. Nice catch 

Karen, that looks to me like an HTML front-end for an SRU service, I bet it's 
got an SRU api. Which one of these days I'll get around to figuring out how to 
write code for. 

From: Code for Libraries [code4...@listserv.nd.edu] On Behalf Of Karen Coyle 
Sent: Saturday, March 20, 2010 11:29 AM
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] WorldCat Terminologies

Quoting LeVan,Ralph le...@oclc.org:

 I hate to muddy the waters, but I can't resist here.

 Research also exposes a copy of the LC NAF at

 It gets updated every Tuesday night.

Unfortunately, that page states right up front:

A static copy of LC's Name Authority File from February of 2006

That might confuse visitors. Maybe a quick revision is in order? :-)

Also, API access?


 This is something I've been maintaining for years and is what
 Identities points at when you ask to see the NAF record associated
 with an Identities record.

 This particular service has none of the linked-data-type bells and
 whistles I'm putting into VIAF and Identities, but easily could, if
 there was interest.  I believe I've made the indexing on it
 consistent with what I do in Identities.

 Looking at the configuration file for the load of this database, I
 am omitting records with 100$k, 100$t, 100$v, 100$x or any 130
 fields.  I'm sure Ya'aqov (or other similarly expert Authority
 Librarian) could tell you why I am omitting them, because I can't
 off the top of my head.

 This service is actually running as a long established model of how
 similar services should run in Research.  While it is not running on
  a machine operated by our production staff, it is automatically
 monitored by them, they have restart procedures in places when the
 service becomes unresponsive and problems are escalated by email
 when the restart fails to fix the problem. (Those emails come to me
 and where they get treated appropriately.)

 Let me know if there are questions about any of this.


 -Original Message-
 From: Code for Libraries [mailto:code4...@listserv.nd.edu] On Behalf Of
 Ya'aqov Ziso
 Sent: Friday, March 19, 2010 3:29 PM
 Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] WorldCat Terminologies

 Jonathan, thank you, in full accord.  Yes, the crux of the matter is Names
 (NAF being the more expensive library subscription
 and the one not available for free like http://id.loc.gov

 At http://orlabs.oclc.org/Identities/ I searched Oclapton, eric¹ and wonder:

 * are all WorldCat+NAF 49 retrieved headings there helpful? do we need in
 the list  Oclayton, cecile¹ (etc.)
 * Names that haven¹t made it into an authority record are definitely
 helpful, but can we suggest a way to sort and rank them more usefully (for
 the user) on the page?

 Your thoughts?

 On 3/19/10 2:35 PM, Jonathan Rochkind rochk...@jhu.edu wrote:

  I don't think the inclusion of non-NAF headings in Identities is
 a flaw, it's
  a benefit to the purpose of Identities not to be held back by the somewhat
  glacial pace of change in NAF.  But you're right, the right tool
 for the job,
  I don't know that any of the existing OCLC free (or included
 with other OCLC
  membership/services) services are the right tool to replace any existing
  purchased authorities tools or sources. It depends on what you're
  using them
  for, of course.  I agree that the brochure statement was potentially
  misleading, but these (Identities, Terminologies, Research
 Terminologies) are
  still very interesting and useful services.
  From: Code for Libraries [code4...@listserv.nd.edu] 

[CODE4LIB] Asheville, Wednesday: Breakout on API queries to vocabularies

2010-02-24 Thread Ziso, Ya'aqov
Several speakers and participants touched on these services: Ross Singer, Karen 
Coombs, Ryan Scherle, the VuFind group all discussed yesterday working with 
names or subject thesauri/vocabularies. 

I am suggesting a Wednesday BREAKOUT session to address more specifically:

 combining API searches with local catalog searches for the user 
 working with equivalencies between vocabularies
 maintenance issues
 deduping entries
 anything else on our minds

Ya'aqov Ziso
eResources Management 
Rowan University

Re: [CODE4LIB] good and best open source software

2009-12-29 Thread Ziso, Ya'aqov
A few lessons learned while monitoring the vuFIND community:

Documentation needs to be evolving and accurate. Someone needs to OWN that 
responsibility and keep documentation up to date (and vuFIND are so lucky to 
have Demian Katz!). UNIX/man is not the best example for this.

Developer community, as we communicate, develop, ponder, annotate is also 
dynamic. Someone needs to OWN the responsibility of keeping track of RC1, or 
RC2, or Beta, or release 1.0, to TEST and determine which JIRA issues are those 
to be tackled, or left out, or, postponed.

Support address (for the rainy days when the sys person converted to Budhism or 
argued with a moving truck) is needed, so maintenance doesn't crush. Even 
though it sounds elementary, a list of contact admins is so critical for such 
rainy days, and for convincing library big wigs that paying six-digits to ILS 
vendors is on its way out.

This business model of OpenSource software becomes critical especially when 
something goes wrong, and preparing in advance (even if it assumes some costs) 
seems highly desirable. 

Ya'aqov Ziso

-Original Message-
From: Code for Libraries on behalf of Eric Lease Morgan
Sent: Mon 12/28/2009 12:43 PM
Subject: [CODE4LIB] good and best open source software
What qualities and characteristics make for a good piece of open source 
software? And once that question is answered, then what pieces of 
library-related open source software can be considered best?

I do not believe there is any single, most important characteristic of open 
source software that qualifies it to be denoted as best. Instead, a number of 
characteristics need to be considered. For example, a program might do one 
thing and do it well, but if it is bear to install then that counts against it. 
Similarly, some software might work wonders but it is built on a proprietary 
infrastructure such as a closed source compiler. Can that software really be 
considered open?

For my own education and cogitation, I have begun to list questions to help me 
address what I think is the best library-related open source software. [1] 
Your comments would be greatly appreciated. I have listed the questions here in 
(more or less) personal priority order:

  * Does the software work as advertised?
  * To what degree is the software supported?
  * Is the documentation thorough?
  * What are the licence terms? 
  * To what degree is the software easy to install?
  * To what degree is the software implemented
using the standard LAMP stack?
  * Is the distribution in question an
application/system or a library/module?
  * To what degree does the software satisfy some
sort of real library need?
What sorts of things have I left out? Is there anything here that can be 
measurable or is everything left to subjective judgement? Just as importantly, 
can we as a community answer these questions in light of distributions to come 
up with the best of class?

'More questions than answers.

[1] There are elaborations on the questions in a blog posting. See: 

Eric Lease Morgan

Re: [CODE4LIB] good and best open source software

2009-12-29 Thread Ziso, Ya'aqov
 Telling people to use what others are using is just simple propaganda to 
stifle competition 
 Respectfully, inviting people to an open discussion is exactly the opposite 
 of telling people and propaganda 

Re: [CODE4LIB] New WorldCat Basic API Released

2009-12-16 Thread Ziso, Ya'aqov
 Information included in results are authors, titles, ISBNs and OCLC 
numbers ...
Roy Tennant, no results for subjects? if yes, from which specific indexes?
Ya'aqov Ziso

[CODE4LIB] vuFIND -- long term direction

2009-05-16 Thread Ziso, Ya'aqov
As our users and we are having fun with vuFIND, I'm taking stock after 1-2 
years of working with vuFIND, to send out a few general questions,

   1. is vuFIND primarily an experiment? if not why haven’t more sites switched 
to production like VU or NLA?
   2. is SOLR indexing satisfactory?
   3. how many staff are needed for vuFIND’s viable maintenance? for 
developing/adding features?
   4. do we want vuFIND to measure up to the ILS (Voyager, Aleph, III, etc.) 
OPAC,  or we like it as an alternative, for its discovery tools?
   5. what is plan B at your institution for when the vuFIND guru leaves?
   6. do we need someone to co-work with Andrew on the installation package? on 
keeping track of developments, road maps?
   7. which collections, other than the catalog and OAI/repositories have we 
added? which API to other collections have we installed? are now tested?

I’m sure many of us cope with these questions and could benefit from the 
variety of our replies. Kindest thanks,
Ya’aqov Ziso, Electronic Resource Management Librarian, Rowan University 856 
256 4804

[CODE4LIB] bad news on SKOS ?

2008-12-26 Thread Ziso, Ya'aqov
uncool URIs (posted on December 19, 2008, 10:32 pm, by Ed Summers, under 
Uncategorized, lcsh, semweb)

On December 18th I was asked to shut off lcsh.info by the Library of Congress. 
As an LC employee I really did not have much choice other than to comply.
The lcsh.info domain was registered by me in order to demonstrate how the 
Library of Congress Subject Headings could be represented as a Semantic Web 
application using SKOS . In particular I was eager to get feedback on how the 
data was being published with respect to Linked Data best practices. I got lots 
of great feedback, wrote a paper which I presented at DC2008, and learned that 
other institutions like the W3C and the Royal Library of Sweden were beginning 
to use URIs for concepts from lcsh.info in their metadata .

see more  http://lcsh.info/

Ya'aqov Ziso, eResources Librarian, Rowan University

Re: [CODE4LIB] NAF notification service from OCLC

2008-10-13 Thread Ziso, Ya'aqov

OCLC gets the weekly NAF updates, can simply run a grep command to extract the 
010 fields to a new file, and put the new file in a place available for OCLC 
members' retrieval. Explaining why OCLC needs to take 2 years for considering 
their competing priorities with those of their partners doesn't help much as we 
move in a Web 2.0 speed. Unless this proposal can be fulfilled, respectfully, 
let's agree to disagree on this, and move on.


-Original Message-
From: Code for Libraries on behalf of Roy Tennant
Sent: Mon 10/13/2008 10:13 AM
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] NAF notification service from OCLC
The answer is not no, it is exactly as Karen described. Since you
interpret this as no, I wonder if you have a less than complete grasp on
what it takes to develop an ongoing production service upon which you can
rely. Also, I hope you can appreciate that we have many competing priorities
that we cannot simply ignore in order to respond to a new service idea. As
most institutions do, we have a procedure for weighing development
priorities and making strategic decisions that we cannot simply throw aside
upon a whim. Lastly, part of what we would be required to do is to work with
the Library of Congress as the producer of the data before we could create
such a service. Thank you for allowing me to further explain why we cannot
simply implement your proposal.

On 10/12/08 10/12/08 . 11:39 AM, Ya'aqov Ziso [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 suggestion to our list of potential new services and enhancements for
 consideration in our next round of planning for development in fiscal year
 Roy, Karen, 
  The deferment suggested by your reply leaves out CODE4LIB's core offer,
 to engage timely technologies for the libraries available currently, in the
 pace of Web 2.0. It seems OCLC has yet to find  way to cope with the pace of
 such offers. If there were two ways of saying No to our NAF update
 notification request from OCLC, I guess you opted for the second.
 Legitimately and respectfully I take this as a No.
 Ya'aqov Ziso, 
 On 10/11/08 5:48 PM, Roy Tennant [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Forwarded by permission.
 On 10/10/08 10/10/08 . 2:57 PM, Calhoun,Karen [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Dear Ya'aqov Ziso,
 Your email request/proposal of 4 October 2008 to Roy Tennant (My proposal
 you is that OCLC will start offering a NEW service to its
 That service will be a simple listing of the 010 fields for Name authority
 records that have been CHANGED that week in the OCLC NAF, and 010 for the
 Name authority records for that have been ADDED to NAF.) has been referred
 OCLC Research to the OCLC Metadata Services product group for consideration.
 We are pleased to receive your suggestion for a new service. We will add
 suggestion to our list of potential new services and enhancements for
 consideration in our next round of planning for development in fiscal year
 Thank you for sharing your ideas with us.
 Karen Calhoun 
 Vice President, WorldCat and Metadata Services
 6565 Kilgour Place
 Dublin OH 43017
 800-848-5878 x6441
 FAX: 614-718-7457
 On 10/4/08 10/4/08 . 2:02 PM, Ya'aqov Ziso [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 The following message has been posted also in ACAT

 Kindest thanks for providing language in-between systems engineers such
 as CODE4LIB and bibliographic control librarians such as ACAT
 ( http://techessence.info/tech/ ). The premise of my appeal to you was that
 you also represent OCLC Programs  Research when contributing to CODE4LIB
 and ACAT.
 1. CODE4LIB expressed interest in obtaining a copy of LCSH and NAF and their
 weekly updates (see the first eMail in the thread you're pointing at
 from Andrew Nagy, then 2 follow ups from Andrew and myself).
 2. At a later point in the thread, the focus was placed on the UPDATES for
 NAF. OCLC are receiving weekly updates for NAF, updating and making these
 files current for OCLC subscribers/members.
 3. My proposal to you is that OCLC will start offering a NEW service to its
 members/subscribers. That service will be a simple listing of the 010 fields
 for Name authority records that have been CHANGED that week in the OCLC NAF,
 and 010 for the new Name authority records for that have been ADDED to NAF.
 4. Such service will assist system staff in planning their authority work
 and sufficient also for CODE4LIB's current purposes.
 If you wish to explore this opportunity for collaboration some more, I will
 be glad to follow up offline. Kindest thanks,
 Ya'aqov Ziso, Rowan University
 On Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 9:08 AM, Roy Tennant [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Ya'aqov, I'm afraid I don't have any idea to what you