Monthly Archives: March 2016

Records

A while back, I wrote about records and linked data based on our experience at Deichmanske bibliotek; I presented something of this work at SWIB15. While I was at SWIB15, Tom Johnson gave an interesting presentation from the alternative point-of-view that

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There’s no reason for a librarian to understand RDF

Given a properly functioning workflow, there’s no reason for a librarian to understand RDF. In the same way, given a properly functioning workflow, there’s no reason for a librarian to understand MARC — or any other data serialisation. In cases

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Creating functional linked-data solutions

I was talking with a new-to-linked-data colleague who’d been asked by another colleague on a different project about how we dealt with the performance problems when using RDF. He said he’d never experienced any. There are a few reasons for this

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It’s hard finding a job in library technology

It’s pretty safe to say that libraries don’t do technology. Sure, some libraries do technology, but those that do technology in a structured, sustainable way are few and far between — the rest to bodging and temporary measures to be

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The self-taught coder

Recently, I have been reflecting on the fact that I’m a self-taught coder†, and not only that, I also worked alone in a cupboard for many years. I realised that I have a tip for others in the same boat:

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Making a case for standard identifiers

I’m talking in Trondheim on Monday about the necessity of stable identifiers provided by the Norwegian national library for modern cataloguing. This sounds like a no-brainer because surely everyone understands that this is a good idea. Well, yes, but also no.

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