The University of Lethbridge Herbarium was founded by Job Kuijt, shortly after 1968, primarily as a teaching collection representative of the local flora. It was Kuijt’s deposition of the reference collection he amassed while researching and writing his 1982 book describing the Flora of Waterton Lakes National Park that distinguishes the collection. The collection currently includes over 20,000 specimens of vascular plants and remains an important research tool for botanists, students and the general public.
In December the Semantic Web Blog spoke with Wikidata project director Denny Vrandecic about progress on Phase 1 of the work to create a free knowledge base about the world that can be read and edited by humans and machines (see story here). At the time, Vrandecic explained that January would begin the roll-out of language-by-language editions – first up were Hungarian, Hebrew and Italian – on the Wikipedias.
The Association of Educational Publishers are seeking input from education publishers on the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative, a project that aims to improve the way educators, students and publishers interact with learning resources through a...
On 4 March 2013, the Spanish Government published an interoperability specification that harmonises how Spanish public administrations describe datasets or more generally public sector information (PSI). The use of common description metadata is a significant catalyst in increasing the use of open data. It affects the searchability of datasets on open data portals such as datos.gov.es.
Metadata handling isn’t often discussed when photo sites are compared, but that’s what the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) has been devoting an entire study to. The organization has published its findings regarding which companies play nicely with your metadata, and which pretend it’s not there.
Selection for digitization is about more than which items to scan. Selection is what shapes the online collections that are built by libraries, archives, historical societies, and other cultural heritage institutions. By selecting well, institutions can concentrate on the parts of their collections that are best suited to digitization, that make the most effective use of technology, and that meet the needs of their audiences. They can create online collections that are both useful and usable, and they can create high-quality digital assets they can manage well into the future.
ARL and Ithaka S+R today released Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries, a report on findings from an ARL-Ithaka S+R survey of ARL libraries on the range of activities and expenses that...
OCLC is working with several members of Research Libraries UK (RLUK) to pilot a service that brings improvements to the way libraries manage electronic resources and to users' access of these collections.
Powered by the WorldCat knowledge base, OCLC WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager delivers records for electronic materials automatically to libraries and ensures the metadata and access URLs for these collections are continually updated, significantly streamlining the processes of managing eResources.