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Google Scholar, Firefox and OpenURLs

By pbinkley, Section News
Posted on Tue Dec 28th, 2004 at 11:59:07 AM EST
As a proof-of-concept I've built a Firefox extension that adds OpenURL links to the results lists in Google Scholar. It can be downloaded here: http://www.ualberta.ca/~pbinkley/gso/. The functionality is pretty basic but it shows what might be possible.

Ideally, Google will build this functionality directly into Google Scholar, and we'll be able to integrate Google Scholar fully with our local access systems. In the meantime, this extension is fun to play with. It is by no means perfect, but it is perhaps a taste of what we have to look forward to.

You'll need the latest version of Firefox to use it (1.0, not the 1.0 preview).

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NLM Catalog in XML

By Anonymous Hero, Section News
Posted on Thu Sep 16th, 2004 at 06:39:46 PM EST
NLM's catalog is now searchable in their Entrez interface used for PubMed, etc. Check out the XML display format. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?CMD=search&DB=nlmcatalog Dick R. Miller

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new Techie Librarian listserv

By beatrix, Section News
Posted on Fri Apr 9th, 2004 at 09:10:11 AM EST
After searching for months and months for a place information professionals could discuss Semantic web, metadata, controlled vocabularies and the like, I finally found a few folks on nextgenlib who were interested in starting a new listserv, which we've aptly named Techie Librarian.

It's for metadata Library and Information Science professionals who have some technical knowledge, but may not want to slog through information architecture infrastructure discussions to get help on authority control of CV's, data management, and where the jobs are for metadata professionals.

Please join us.


[editor's note, by jaf] Edited the link to make it live.

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#code4lib irc channel

By Anonymous Hero, Section News
Posted on Fri Mar 19th, 2004 at 09:10:01 AM EST
Dan had the idea of establishing a permanent irc channel #code4lib on freenode. The idea is that it could be an informal place to chat about coding in and for libraries. It's a newbie friendly channel so feel free to join us if you've never used irc before...and if you are a veteran that's ok too :-)

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OCLC Offers ISBN "Concordance"

By pbinkley, Section News
Posted on Wed Feb 4th, 2004 at 03:58:12 PM EST
OCLC's Office of Research is offering, experimentally, a service that looks up submitted ISBNs in their FRBRized WorldCat, and returns other ISBNs associated with the same work. E.g.: http://labs.oclc.org/xisbn/0441172717 (the ISBN of Dune). This is something we've needed for a long time to improve automated searching in virtual union catalogues and ILL systems. I hope the service takes off.

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By inkdroid, Section News
Posted on Tue Dec 9th, 2003 at 07:29:43 PM EST

If you are interested in discussing computer programming in the area of library and information sciences you might want to subscribe a new email list code4lib. Dan Chudnov, Chuck Bearden, Eric Morgan, Rob Fox and I got to talking via email about it, and it seemed like a good idea. Chuck (who helped mature the perl4lib list) instigated code4lib since he's been getting into python more for the past year or so, and thought we don't really need another language specific list :-)

The idea is that code4lib is to provide a place where people can discuss the application of particular programming languages as well as the general issues, techniques, philosophies, and even history of programming for and in libraries. There are other venues (web4lib, xml4lib, perl4lib, php4lib) but this list hopes to encourage the holistic use of programming languages, how to integrate applications across language boundaries, and to provide useful discussion on how to select the right tool for your particular job.

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Hello! You've Been Borg-ed

By kcoyle, Section News
Posted on Tue Dec 9th, 2003 at 08:44:30 AM EST

NY Times reports that Trojan Horse programs are creating p2p networks out of infected computers, and that "operators" of these underground networks are charging $50/machine to others who want to use them for spamming and scamming. The owners of the computers are presumably unaware of any of this.

[ED: ksclarke] Here is link but you have to register with NYT to view.

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