Authorized Access Points

I’ve been using RDA for original cataloging since October 2012 at MPOW. With authority records things have been great. There is a lot more flexibility to add and not add things. One hangup is the transition period where records need to be evaluated. Some weirdnesses I’ve encountered have been titles of nobility see: 100 1# Vitzthum, Wolfgang, $c Graf.

Other issues include media types for streaming media. Actually digital files in general are handled poorly. Everything needs a carrier. What exactly is the carrier for a file that is sitting on filesystem in the cloud?

338 ## other $2 rdacarrier

or perhaps if it is published:

338 ## online resource $2 rdacarrier

The file characteristics get handled elsewhere; not a terribly horrible thing, but not exactly intuitive.

More thoughts later.

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Textarea’s Firefox (Windows 7) & Safari (OS X Lion)

I was looking into using org-mode in emacs (I am a vi user, though I had started as an emacs users in college). But I came across a really amazing Stack Overflow question and answer on using Emacs’ org-mode, Markdown, and a Firefox plugin It’s All Text. The idea of being to edit a textarea in my editor of choice was obvious in hindsight, so I went ahead and started using the plugin, instead calling vim, and modifying relevant ftdetect and ftplugins to handle the hosts that I would be editing in.

So for example, I edit a Confluence wiki for project tracking and documentation. My ftdetect then for the confluencewiki.vim syntax is:


" confluence filetype file
au BufRead,BufNewFile *.cfl,*.confluence set filetype=confluencewiki
au BufRead,BufNewFile wiki.duke.edu.*.txt set filetype=confluencewiki

Using the plugin pulls the text out of the textarea, adds it to a vim buffer and then lets me edit it; while monitoring the file to update the control in the webpage. Pretty awesome

Of course after using it for half a day on Windows at MPOW, I have to do it on my Macbook Air, where I use Safari. I know there are reasons to not use Safari, but my big reason for using it is that I remain consistent with all the Fluid site specific browsers I use for a number of important sites, Gmail, Google Docs, Facebook. Of course Safari’s extension mechanism isn’t as well used as Firefox’s but it seems like that the textarea editing with an external editor itch isn’t limited: thus Quick Cursor which basically acts as a sophisticated copy and paste clipboard into any control that accepts text in OS X. I got the impression that the operating system used to have some other mechanism to achieve something similar, but for whatever reason that has been deprecated

gvim to Markdown Preview

I use a couple simple mappings in my vimrc to preview markdown documents in my
browser. It isn’t as cool as something like Marked for Mac OS X but it gets
the job done on the workstation.

This uses a Python installation of markdown just installed using:

pip install python-markdown

The vimrc includes:

nmap md :%!markdown %

nmap p :w!:!start /min cmd /c markdown -x tables % > "C:\temp\temp.html"
&& "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"
"file://C:/temp/temp.html"

imap p :w!:!start /min cmd /c markdown -x tables % > "C:\temp\temp.html"
&& "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"
"file://C:/temp/temp.html"

LC MARC codelists in XML

I saw the announcement about LCCN permalink. But surfing around I then noticed that there were XML versions of the MARC codelists including language codes, country codes and geographic area codes. No relators and sources yet. This is terribly handy if your application needs up to date codelist or you are trying to process MARC files and need to translate dcu to Washington, D. C.

Thanks LC. Lets keep putting more things out there!