• VALA2016 Session 8 Betti

     
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    GlamMapping Trove

    VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 8: Geek Speak
    Wednesday 10 February 2016, 12:00 - 12:30
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    Arianna Betti

    University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Thom Castermans, Bettina Speckmann and Kevin Verbeek

    Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

    and Hein van den Berg

    VU Amsterdam & University of Groningen

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    Abstract

    This paper presents the current state of development of GlamMap, a visualisation tool that displays library metadata on an interactive, computer-generated geographic map. The focus in the paper is on the most crucial improvement achieved in the development of the tool: GlamMapping Trove. The visualisation of Trove’s sixty-million book records is possible thanks to an improved database structure, more efficient data retrieval, and more scalable visualisation algorithms. The paper analyses problems encountered in visualising massive datasets, describes remaining challenges for the tool, and presents a use case demonstrating GlamMap’s ability to serve researchers in the history of ideas.

     

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  • VALA2016 Session 2 Chadwick

     
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    When MARC consumed ScOT: a tale of linked educational metadata

    VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 2: Data Stuff
    Tuesday 9 February 2016, 11:25 - 11:55
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    Ben Chadwick

    Education Services Australia, Vic

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    Abstract

    Australian school libraries have an expressed need to organise resources according to Australian Curriculum (AC) outcomes. Education Services Australia (ESA) has aligned digital resources to the AC since 2011, publishing it on platforms including Scootle. The Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS) at ESA creates and distributes MARC records to 93% of Australian school libraries, but has not traditionally provided curriculum-alignment data. This paper describes a trial in which headings from a linked data subject vocabulary (the Schools Online Thesaurus) in MARC records are supplemented with URIs for the purpose of consuming AC alignment data. A widget is presented to demonstrate possible downstream applications.

     

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  • VALA2016 Session 17 Bicknell

     
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    Maps, manuscripts and the masses: successfully crowd-sourcing metadata for historic collections

    VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 17: Getting Social
    Thursday 11 February 2016, 14:45 - 15:15
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    Kenn Bicknell

    Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, USA

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    New web-based technologies are providing information professionals with tools to collect and preserve historical resources as never before. Many institutions are engaging the public in assisting them with metadata creation to improve description, increase access, and expand the body of knowledge surrounding their resources. These activities not only provide organisations with critical human resources, but build a more informed and engaged community of users. This paper reviews examples of several types of these innovative projects and what the evolution of “crowd-sourced metadata” may mean for the professional role of future librarians, archivists and curators.

     

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  • VALA2016 Session 11 Brownlee

     
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    Collaborative development of a multi-disciplinary research infrastructure for vocabulary creation, management, publication, discovery, access and re-use

    VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 11: Describing IT
    Wednesday 10 February 2016, 14:20 - 14:50
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    Rowan Brownlee, Adrian Burton, Jane Frazier and Richard Walker

    Australian National Data Service, ACT

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    The use of controlled vocabularies increases the value of data resources by improving discovery, interoperability, and re-usability. The Australian National Data Service (ANDS), in partnership with members of Australian research organisations, is developing a user-driven vocabulary service to support Australian research groups, universities, and research libraries to find and use published vocabularies, as well as to create, manage, and publish new vocabularies. This paper follows the evolution of the development of the service. It provides a technical overview of the systems involved as well as a proposed model for support, outreach and responding to community need.

     

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  • VALA2014 Session 8 Burke

     

    Video: streaming with possibilities, but undiscoverable

    VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 8: Collaborate
    Wednesday 5 February 2014, 14:55 - 15:25
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    Jane Burke

    ProQuest, USA

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    Abstract

    Despite growing volume and popularity, institutional video content is the least curated and least discoverable of all content types. Although users expect ubiquitous access to all content, regardless of format, video is under-catalogued/indexed and therefore not easily accessible. Video, especially institutional video, is not available to discovery services, and rights management concerns inhibit availability. Therefore, libraries are missing an opportunity to showcase their relevance. This paper presents research on the hypothesis that utilizing automated transcription to programmatically create rich metadata promotes discoverability and usability of institutionally created video.

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  • VALA2014 Session 2 Kreunen

     

    Hacking the library catalogue: a voyage of discovery

    VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 2: It's All About the Data
    Tuesday 4 February 2014, 10:50 - 11:20
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    Ben Kreunen and Joe Arthur

    The University of Melbourne, Vic

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    The University Digitisation Centre (UDC) at the University of Melbourne has been working towards implementing the Embedded Metadata Manifesto since its inception in 2009. This paper follows the evolution of the in-house information systems developed by UDC to incorporate the embedding of descriptive metadata as part of a standard digitisation process. Central to this has been the development of novel ways of accessing metadata from the various library catalogues via their public interfaces. Challenges arising from the re-use of catalogue metadata in non-library systems may provide additional insights as libraries attempt to re-invent the catalogue.

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  • VALA2014 Session 1 Piper

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    VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 1: Think Big
    Tuesday 4 February 2014, 11:25 - 11:55
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    Andrew Piper

    State Library of South Australia

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    Abstract

    The State Library of South Australia (SLSA) is honouring the memory of those who served at the front lines on World War 1 and on the home front, through a series of projects. The principal project is the creation of a new web resource of the records of the South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau (SARCIB). The web resource will utilise volunteers and provide opportunities for community created content. By leveraging existing tools such as MARC, the project will lead the way for future delivery of our collections and provide an opportunity for SLSA to apply Linked Open Data. It is anticipated this resource will be available early in 2015.

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  • VALA2010 Session 7 Hagon

     

    VALA20120Everything I know about cataloguing I learned from watching James Bond

    VALA 2010 CONCURRENT SESSION 7 - Innovation
    Wednesday 10 February 2010 14:20 - 14:50
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    VALA Peer Reviewed PaperPaul Hagon

    Senior Web Designer, National Library of Australia
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    Abstract

    Is it enough to rely on human interpretation for cataloguing our collections, or like James Bond, will we require high tech gadgets to get the job done? Image searches now analyse the pixel-by-pixel colour values of an image, allowing searching by colour. Consumer-grade photo management software incorporates facial recognition, allowing us to identify individuals. When researching, will we be querying the content to get the metadata or will we still be relying on querying the metadata to deliver the content? Will these technologies filter down into the way we catalogue items within our collections, or will this be a layer that enhances our traditional cataloguing methodologies or provides an additional service for our users?

  • VALA2010 Plenary 1 Calhoun

     

    VALA20120The emergent library: new lands, new eyes

    VALA 2010 PLENARY 1: Karen Calhoun
    Tuesday 9 February 2010, 09:05 - 10:15
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    Karen Calhoun

    VALA2010 Keynote SpeakerVice President, OCLC WorldCat and Metadata Services, USA
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    Abstract

    Marcel Proust wrote "The real act of discovery is not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes." This presentation explores how this quote--with its emphasis on looking creatively at what we already have--applies to libraries and librarians today. Over the last two decades libraries joined thousands of other organizations in a massive rush to claim "new lands" in cyberspace. Yet at the end of the first decade of the new century, libraries may have cyber turf but insufficient cyber attention. Many end users persistently see libraries through the last century's eyes—to them, libraries are mainly about books and buildings. Before students, scholars and citizens can see libraries differently, we ourselves need to see with new eyes. In support of the many conference presentations that follow her address, Ms. Calhoun will introduce the notion of the "emergent library"--attracting more attention for library analog, licensed, and digital collections ; moving to cloud-based services; effectively deploying physical and virtual space; and playing a stronger role in the support of scholarly communications, especially through repositories.

  • VALA2008 Session 15 Dewhurst

     

    VALA Peer Reviewed PaperPeople Australia: a topic based approach to resource discovery

    VALA 2008 CONCURRENT SESSION 15: Metadata
    Thursday 7 February 2008 14:35 - 15:05
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    Basil Dewhurst

    Manager, Resource Discovery Services, National Library of Australia
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    Abstract

    The National Library has been enabling electronic resource discovery since 1981, when the Australian National Bibliographic Database was launched. Over the past decade, the Library has made discovery services such as Picture Australia, Music Australia and Libraries Australia freely available to a broad public. These services ensure that researchers gain rapid and easy access to the collections of the National Library and those of other libraries and collecting institutions. This paper introduces People Australia, a new collaborative topic based resource discovery service that the National Library is creating. The paper describes the service, demonstrates how it will significantly improve cross-domain resource discovery for researchers, and describes how People Australia will interchange metadata and enable the sharing of metadata about parties.

  • VALA2008 Session 15 Burton

     

    VALA Peer Reviewed PaperThe metadata coalface for digital repositories

    VALA 2008 CONCURRENT SESSION 15: Metadata
    Thursday 7 February 2008 14:00 - 14:30
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    Adrian Burton

    Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories
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    Chris Blackall

    Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories
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    Scott Yeadon

    Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories
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    Abstract

    In this paper, we examine a range of metadata-related issues facing the developers and maintainers of digital repositories in Australia. We discuss metadata developments in the areas of digital preservation, repository interoperability, and collection-level discovery services in the context of a range of innovative repository projects designed to improve metadata creation, management and sharing within the Australian higher education and research sector.

  • VALA2008 Session 12 Sokvitne

     

    VALA Peer Reviewed PaperAll for naught: using existing bibliographic data to deliver modern search tools

    VALA 2008 CONCURRENT SESSION 12: ILMS
    Thursday 7 February 2008 11:20 - 11:50
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    Lloyd Sokvitne

    Senior Manager (Digital Strategies), State Library of Tasmania
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    Jan Lavelle

    Senior Librarian (Systems Development), State Library of Tasmania
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    Carmel Denholm

    Senior Cataloguer (Metadata), State Library of Tasmania
    http://www.statelibrary.tas.gov.au

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    Abstract

    In 2006, the State Library of Tasmania undertook a process to develop a facet-enabled catalogue that would replace its traditional OPAC. It became apparent that questions concerning which facets to provide were inextricably linked with the quality and availability of data from the traditional bibliographic database. This data reflected internal and external cataloguing policies that had varied over a number of years, and the State Library found that it had to extensively correct, modify, manipulate and create a range of data in order to provide the facets it required. This paper describes those processes in detail.

  • VALA2006 Session 9 Sokvitne

     

    VALA2006 Rediscovering metadata: an outcomes-oriented approach

    VALA 2006 CONCURRENT SESSION 9: Metadata
    Thursday 9 February 2006, 14:00 - 14:30
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    VALA2006 Invited PaperLloyd Sokvitne

    Senior Manager (Digital Strategies), State Library of Tasmania
    http://www.statelibrary.tas.gov.au

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  • VALA2004 Session 13 Pearce

     

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    The Hybrid Library Revisited

    VALA 2004 CONCURRENT SESSION 13: Extending the ILMS
    Thursday 5 February 2004, 14:35 - 15:05

    Judith Pearce

    Director, Web services, National Library of Australia
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    Monica Berko

    Director, Applications, National Library of Australia
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    Four years out, this paper revisits the theme of VALA2000 and looks at the extent to which integrated library management systems have been developed to operate as hybrid library systems by focussing on the National Library of Australia’s requirements in this area. A range of commercial portal products now extend (and may eventually replace) the OPAC. However, there is still a gap in the market place for workflow systems supporting the routine digitisation of collection material. In addition, library system vendors are only just beginning to provide the level of support needed by libraries that wish to build innovative web-based services based on the catalogue.

  • VALA2004 Session 12 Stumm

     

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    Collection-level description: separating the woods from the trees

    VALA 2004 CONCURRENT SESSION 12: Access to Information
    Thursday 5 February 2004, 11:20 - 12:50

    Deborah Stumm

    Manager, Digital Library Strategy, State Library of New South Wales
    http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

    Susanne Moir

    Coordinator, Bibliographic Access, State Library of New South Wales
    http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

    Meredith Lawn

    Archivist, Original Materials Branch, State Library of New South Wales
    http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

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    This paper describes a project at the State Library of NSW to develop structured machine- readable collection descriptions to provide online access to our collection strengths.

  • VALA2004 Session 12 Groenewegen

     

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    Designing a Digital Databases Page

    VALA 2004 CONCURRENT SESSION 12: Access to Information
    Thursday 5 February 2004, 11:55 - 12:30

    David Groenewegen

    Digital Resources Librarian, Monash University Library
    http://www.lib.monash.edu.au

    Simon Huggard

    Systems Manager, Monash University Library
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    Abstract

    During 2003 Monash University Library engaged in a major redesign of the library databases web site. The basis of this was a program which used MARC records from Monash’s Endeavour Voyager catalogue to generate online electronic journal subject lists. The new databases page was intended to make for easier updating, and to allow us to respond to known user issues. In theory this was straightforward. In practice a number of issues were raised. The paper looks at how Monash resolved these issues, while commenting on the relationship between metadata and technology. Some future directions will also be discussed.

  • VALA2004 Plenary 4 Jianzhong

     

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    Developing a Borderless Hybrid Library: Shanghai Experience

    VALA 2004 PLENARY 4: Wu Jianzhong
    Wednesday 4 February 2004, 16:10 - 17:25

    Wu Jianzhong

    Director, Shanghai Library, China
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    Abstract

    Since the new building opened in 1996, the Shanghai Library has strived to create a borderless hybrid library. Taking advantage of the consolidation of the Shanghai Library and the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of Shanghai (ISTIS), the new institution has developed a knowledge service system in an all-round way for the general public, for the research and business community, and for the policy-makers and legislators, and also a digital library system to integrate all the conventional and electronic resources and to extend the hybrid services to all the libraries in Shanghai. The presentation will focus on the library’s innovative, integrative and interactive hybrid services as well as some technical development including Chinese metadata and cataloguing programs.

  • VALA2000 Session 11 Talmacs

     

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    Metadata in the University Environment

    VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 11: Metadata
    Friday 18 February 2000, 11:20 - 12:50

    Kerrie Talmacs

    Metadata Co-ordinator, University of New South Wales Library
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    Universities need to consider metadata as a means of managing and providing access to information resources. A considerable commitment is required to assess standards; train staff and utilise metadata appropriately. The University of New South Wales Library has made a start and has embedded metadata in Library Web pages, created metadata for subject gateways – MetaChem and AVEL, and is generating metadata for the Australian Digital Theses Project.

  • VALA2000 Session 11 Sokvitne

     

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    An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Current Dublin Core Metadata for Retrieval

    VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 11: Metadata
    Friday 18 February 2000, 11:55 - 12:30

    Lloyd Sokvitne

    Manager (Information Systems Development) State Library of Tasmania
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    Presents the results of a study into the effectiveness of Dublin Core metadata for retrieval. The metadata from twenty Australian government and educational organisations was analysed. The metadata was assessed for its capacity to facilitate title, creator/publisher, and subject access. From the results, it emerged that title metadata added little value, that creator/publisher access was flawed by inconsistent name formats, and that the subject terms used were too broad to produce increased precision and decreased recall. Specific suggestions are made as to how metadata creation in these three areas can be improved, and the relationship of Dublin Core to information foraging theory is explored.

  • VALA2000 Session 11 Campbell

     

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    Australian subject gateways - metadata as an agent of change

    VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 11: Metadata
    Friday 18 February 2000, 10:45 - 11:15

    Debbie Campbell

    Manager, Infrastructure Projects National Library of Australia
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    Abstract

    Although the concept of a subject gateway has only risen to prominence in Australia during the last two years, several university library consortia and other education- based initiatives, including EdNA Online and the Australian Digital Theses Project, have already been successful in achieving collaborative approaches for the delivery of national access to electronic resources. The critical success factors realised, including the deployment of metadata and the community approaches to problem solving, mean that Australia is positioned to participate in new initiatives exploring service provision in a national infrastructure for integrated research and information access.

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