The Digital Library Federation (DLF) is a network of libraries and related agencies pioneering innovative uses of information technologies and community expertise to extend collections and services.
DLF is a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).
"The DLF Aquifer Metadata Working Group is proud to release a brief report summarizing our Working Group's activities through the life of the DLF Aquifer initiative, reflecting on the impact and effectiveness of these activities, and suggesting some directions future similar initiatives might explore. "
The Board of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today voted to merge the Digital Library Federation (DLF) into CLIR as a program of the Council, starting July 1, 2009. The vote follows recommendations by a DLF Review Committee in March 2009 to merge the two organizations, and a unanimous vote of consent by the DLF Board on April 8.
From Cataloging Futures: New DLF report on metadata tools for aggregation
"The Digital Library Federation (DLF) has just issued a report by Greta de Groat, discovery metadata librarian at Stanford University: Future Directions in Metadata Remediation for Metadata Aggregators [pdf].
This report provides an overview of current and desired metadata tools used for mapping, correcting, and enhancing aggregated metadata."
In 2007-2008, the DLF convened a Task Group to recommend standard interfaces for integrating the data and services of the Integrated Library System (ILS) with new applications supporting user discovery. This page gives access to the group's recommendation, related materials, and information on followup activities.
Standardized interfaces that work across different ILSs make it easier for libraries to add new applications, both open-source and vendor-supplied, that advance their customers' needs. Libraries seek interfaces that allow ILS data to be aggregated for indexing and search, that allow
real-time search and query of ILS data, that support customer information and borrower services, and that allow embedding and interaction between OPACs and search interfaces.
The agreement has the support of the following vendors and
# Ex Libris
# Polaris Library Systems
# California Digital Library
# Serial Solutions / AquaBrowser
"There's something very different about moving images. They're expensive to process and difficult to expose to users. They require us to engage with both new and obsolete technologies. They pose mysterious and intimidating rights issues. And they're multiplying rapidly. Special collections and archives are filling up with film, video and digital media, and most born-digital video isn't even being collected. And when it comes to providing access, we're losing the battle.
How can 21st-century archives work productively with these materials without repeating past mistakes? Most importantly, what does the history of archival engagement with moving images teach us about the future of archival access and our relationships with our users?"
This was the presentation where he used the term "embryonic metadata" (though it doesn't appear in the slides).
The Levels of Adoption document is intended to supplement the Digital Library Federation / Aquifer Implementation Guidelines for Shareable MODS Records, released in November 2006 under the auspices of the DLF Aquifer initiative. The Shareable MODS Guidelines represent a record-centric view of Aquifer's goals, whereas it is often helpful to set priorities for metadata creation with a user- and use-centric view. The newly-released Levels of Adoption document describes five general categories of user functionality that are likely to be supported by following specific recommendations from the Guidelines. It attempts to provide additional guidance to MODS implementers in the planning process by documenting what sorts of functionality is possible when certain elements of the Guidelines are
(ILS's) and discovery systems, and to create a technical proposal for accomplishing such integration.
We hope to engage the expertise and interest of the community beyond this working group, however. Towards this end, we have set up a Wiki for the project, much of which is open to public viewing and comment"
http://purl.org/dlf/rdm200705. Created by a DLF/OCLC working group, the guidelines are to be used when creating metadata for born digital or to be digitized materials that have been digitized according to standards and best practices with the intention of including the metadata in the Registry of Digital Masters. The Registry is available through OCLC
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The goals of the consortium are:
- To enable the collection of a rich body of Internet content from around the world to be preserved in a way that it can be archived, secured and accessed over time.
- To foster the development and use of common tools, techniques and standards that enable the creation of international archives.
- To encourage and support national libraries everywhere to address Internet archiving and preservation.
Introduces the Digital Library and National Science Digital Library sponsored Best Practices for OAI Data Provider Implementations and Shareable Metadata . Includes the scope, structure, and target audience for this document.
These are general areas of competency that are necessary before the OAI protocol can be implemented and used successfully. Both data and service providers should be conversant with the issues presented here. In many ways they represent the minimum of proficiency that is necessary to be a ‘good’ OAI data provider.
Best practices for OAI data providers, particularly how the OAI protocol is implemented. Also included are guidelines for some of the optional pieces of the OAI protocol including sets, branding, rights, and use of the about containers. Please note that metadata guidelines (both technical and content based) are included in their own section below.
This section presents best practices for shareable metadata, both in terms of technical issues (such as XML encoding) and metadata format, semantics, and content.
<oXygen/> XML Editor & XSLT Debugger
The simple and elegant look of the <oXygen/> combined with the complete coverage of the XML editing features have made it popular in both the corporate and academic worlds. It provides the necessary tools for the document creation and presentation.
The documents can be created and validated against any user defined schema. The smart context sensitive editing saves time and guarantees a minimum number of validation errors. The documents can be published in a wide range of formats including HTML, PDF, PostScript using the built-in or external processors. Developers can use <oXygen/> for authoring document schemas and for editing and debugging the XSL stylesheets needed for the presentation layer. The integration with the document repositories is made through the WebDAV and FTP protocols.
Variations2 provides online access to selected recordings and scores from the Indiana University Cook Music Library for use by IU Bloomington students, faculty, and staff. The entire collection is accessible from computers in the Music Library. Outside the Music Library, students may access reserve list materials for courses in which they are enrolled.
May be a model for streaming services.