September 03, 2004

Federal Info Standards Under Review

A federal interagency committee on government information has drafted "Requirements for Enabling the Identification, Categorization, and Consistent Retrieval of Government Information." This document, dated August 5, 2004, from The Categorization of Government Information (CGI) Working Group has insights of value for those in government engaged in making information more accessible through portals and search engines.

The group "seeks to improve the methods by which Government information, including information on the Internet, is organized, preserved, and made accessible to the public, as required under the E-Government Act of 2002, Section 207, Accessibility, Usability, and Preservation of Government Information."

This group, working under the U.S. Federal Interagency Committee on Government Information, has also drafted a "Recommendation for Search Interoperability." The recommendations focus on "how the U.S. Federal Government should adopt a search service standard to enhance interoperability among networked systems that aid in the discovery of and access to government information." Comments on the document can be sent until September 27, 2004 to its editor, Eliot Christian, U.S. Geological Survey.

Eliot, as many readers may know, was instrumental in founding the U.S. State Government Information Locator Services working group. gilsUtah has been a participating member since 1999.

Source: beSpacific (September 2, 2004)

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April 12, 2004

OCLC Research Will Harvest DSpace Metadata

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, April 9, 2004—OCLC Research will periodically harvest OAI-compliant metadata from the institutional repositories of interested DSpace users. OCLC Research will convert the harvested metadata into a format suitable for re-harvesting by non-OAI services.

Much of the scholarly material on the Web is missed by harvesters. This includes metadata in OAI-PMH repositories, which DSpace uses. Google has several problems harvesting OAI repositories, which are different from standard Web pages.

The standard DSpace uses the Handle system for identifying items, which (purposely) mask the identity of the host, making harvesting difficult to schedule. The OAI protocol uses possibly non-persistent URLs to link pages of metadata. This also interferes with standard methods of harvesting.

OCLC Research is working with Google and MIT to periodically harvest interested DSpace users' metadata and transform it into a harvest-friendly format, resolve the handles so that institutions can be identified, and make the resulting URLs harvestable by search services such as Google.

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April 30, 2003

Metabrowser Leap Forward with JaveHelp

Bruce McLeod of Metabrowser Systems has just released version 1.6 of the Metabrowser client. It has better functionality for list construction and Metabrowser now supports dragging of text from any Web page directly into the metadata line or the edit panel. If you drag content into the edit panel, then it gets added to the content. If you drag it to a metadata line, then it replaces the content.

Bruce is also developing JaveHelp, a nice platform indepedent solution for displaying indexes and catalogs that works much better than anything the Web interface can do. He'll have a demo up shortly and will have Metabrowser Client and Metabrowser Server support for the XML format that it requires. He recommends it as an excellent way to use RSS channels and welcomes any programmer who would like to work on getting JaveHelp to directly read an RSS channel. Stay tuned for his examples.

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April 14, 2003

New Metabrowser Download

A new version of the public domain Metabrowser software for metagging was recently released. Version 1.5128 has a few minor bug fixes.

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