India Online Public Access Catalogues

Hi here is the OPAC's of India
good number of Universities & Institutions having International standard MARC formats


Code4lib 2008 Keynote Survey

Though we ran into some problems getting the Advanced Poll module working in time, the code4lib 2008 keynote survey has been posted.

Voting is open until midnight 11/22 EST. Shortly thereafter Mike Giarlo will post response data to this list. Let your voices be heard!


I gave a solr-ruby presentation at rubyconf this past weekend. My timing was off, didn't cover as much as I would have liked, and one of my demos flubbed and I punted on it (turns out all I did was forget to pass a command-line argument to the script *sigh*).

Here are the slides.

Code4lib 2008 Call for Proposals

We are now accepting proposals for prepared talks for Code4lib 2008. Code4lib 2008 is a loosely structured conference for library technologists to commune, gather/create/share ideas and software, be inspired, and forge collaborations. It is also an outgrowth of the Access HackFest, wrapped into a conference-like format. It is *the* event for technologists building digital libraries and digital information systems, tools, and software.

The conference will be held February 25-28, 2008 in Portland Oregon. More information can be found at .

Prepared talks are 20 minutes, and must focus on one or more of the following areas:
- "tools" (some cool new software, software library or integration platform)
- "specs" (how to get the most out of some protocols, or proposals for new ones)
- "challenges" (one or more big problems we should collectively address).

The community will vote on proposals using the criteria of:
- usefulness
- newness
- geekiness
- diversity of topics.

We cannot accept every prepared talk proposal, but multiple lightning talk sessions will provide everyone who wishes to present with an opportunity to do so.

Please send your name, email address, and proposal of no more than 75 words to code4libcon at The proposal deadline is November 30, 2007, and proposers will be notified by December 14, 2007.

Solr/Lucene training in Hong Kong

ObLibTopic: I'll be demonstrating and discussing Collex and Blacklight!

self-promotion: Open Source Retreat Lucene/Solr course

This self-marketing thing is hard. Thus far I've been blessed with word-of-mouth success for the reputation from the various open source communities in which I've participated. But it does take a little advertising so folks know what you're up to. With little fanfare, some friends of mine have put together an impressive lineup of courses and speakers, and a great venue, on several open source topics. I thought it was a good idea to have a longer course on Solr and Lucene, so I agreed to give it a shot.

"Solr Powered Libraries"

I had the great pleasure of presenting at the Library of Congress recently. I'm honored to follow in some great footsteps, in the same series as recent and very related talks by Andrew Pace and Tim Spalding.

code4lib 2008 conference

For presentation files see the individual presentation pages on the conference schedule.

February 25 - 28, 2008, Portland, Oregon, USA

The third annual code4lib conference will be held in Portland, Oregon at the Embassy Suites located in downtown Portland. Anyone who is interested in helping to plan and organize the conference, and/or stay informed about conference activities and events, should join the conference planning discussion list, which can be found at

Overview Schedule

Preconferences (free): Monday, February 25, 9 am - 5 pm
Conference: Tuesday, February 26, 8am - Thursday, February 28, Noon

See also the Detailed Schedule. Feel free to add informal events on the Birds of a Feather page.


The conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Downtown Portland. A single suite is $150 per night, which includes full breakfast and free happy-hour. To make reservations, please call the hotel directly at (503)279-9000 and let the guest representative know that you are with the 2008 Code4Lib Conference.

Other places to stay: Mark Spencer Hotel ($89-$169). For cheaper accommodations, some attendees will stay at the HI-Portland Hostel, Northwest, $20-$25 per night (dorms), $40-$75 (private rooms), located 1.25 miles away.

Travel Information

Portland International Airport (PDX)
Public Transit from PDX to the conference hotel:

  1. Board MAX Red Line to City Center & Beaverton TC
  2. Get off at Oak/ SW 1st Ave MAX Station
  3. Walk 0.2 mile northwest to Embassy Suites Hotel (319 SW Pine St) -

Travel time: 39 minutes (including 5 minutes walking). At $20, the 7-Day Pass seems like a good deal, as it would cover both the airport-to-hotel and back trips (via MAX Light Rail), and all public transportation (bus/streetcar/light rail) in and around Portland. (Single fare: $2.05; daypass: $4.20.) Rides within the downtown area "fareless square" (which includes the hotel) are free. Visit TriMet for more public transit information.

Seattle: You may also want to look into flights to Seattle and then taking a prop-job down to Portland. Seattle prices were less than half of PDX prices when I (eby) purchased saving even with the prop-job or drive down.

Local Arrangements

Places to Meet, Eat, and Be Merry

Gender Diversity and Minority Scholarships for Code4lib 2008

Information on applying for the scholarships


The registration fee for code4lib 2008 is $125.
Late registration, on or after Monday, February 4, is $175.
Cancellations on or before Monday February 4 will receive a refund of the registration fee, minus a $45 administrative fee.

NOTE: THE CONFERENCE IS OFFICIALLY FULL. You may still sign up on the wait-list.


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Request for Proposals: Innovative Uses of CrossRef Metadata

CrossRef is now accepting proposals for the most original and promising use of CrossRef's article-level metadata as part of a scholarly research/authoring tool or related library service. Free access to participating publishers' metadata and DOIs will be granted to the researcher or librarian whose proposal is selected.

Deadline for proposals: July 15, 2007

What to submit:

  • A short but thorough description of the service you would like to
    create using the CrossRef metadata, including estimated implementation time
  • Links to software/services/protocols/standards that you may have
    implemented in the past
  • Your CV

To whom:

  • Amy Brand, PhD, Director of Business & Product Development
    email: abrand at crossref dot org

More details available at CrossRef

Background on Crossref Metadata and Web Services:

CrossRef is an independent membership association, founded and directed by publishers. CrossRef helps connect users to primary research content by enabling publishers to work collectively. Our citation-linking network today covers over 27 million articles and other content items from several hundred scholarly and professional publishers.

CrossRef Web Services, or CWS, offers an easy-to-use suite of tools for authorized partners to collect metadata on a cross-publisher basis to streamline their own crawling, indexing, and linking services. One way to access the 27 million+ metadata records now registered in CrossRef is via our OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) interface. The CrossRef OAI-PMH repository interface serves as the central point for the distribution of metadata from participating publishers, utilizing a robust and widely adopted technology targeted at consumers of large quantities of metadata. Access to the CrossRef’s metadata repository is controlled by IP authentication and can be tailored to provide specific content from select publishers to each authorized recipient.

The metadata in CrossRef’s database consists of basic bibliographic information for each item, including author(s), title, journal name, ISSN, volume, issue, page, and DOI-URL pair. Here are links to some sample CWS metadata:,

CrossRef's data repository is extensive but highly variable in quality from publisher to publisher. They have recently begun to take measures to ensure higher quality metadata. Any suggestions you may have regarding how best to achieve a higher level of data quality and consistency, as part of your proposal or otherwise, would be greatly appreciated. Different but similarly basic metadata is collected for other types of content. In addition, many publishers now also deposit references as part of their metadata.



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