Friday, 2 December 2011

Prep notes for NDF2011 demonstration

I didn't really have a presentation for my demonstration at the NDF, but the event team have asked for presentations, so here are the notes for my practice demonstration that I did within the library. The notes served as an advert to attract punters to the demo; as a conversation starter in the actual demo and as a set of bookmarks of the URLs I wanted to open.

Depending on what people are interested in, I'll be doing three things

*) Demonstrating basic editing, perhaps by creating a page from the requested articles at

*) Discussing some of the quality control processes I've been involved with ( and

*) Discussing how wikipedia handles authority control issues using redirects ( ) and disambiguation ( )

I'm also open to suggestions of other things to talk about.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Metadata vocabularies LODLAM NZ cares about

At today's LODLAM NZ, in Wellington, I co-hosted a vocabulary schema / interoperability session. I kicked off the session with a list of the metadata schema we care about and counts of how many people in the room cared about it. Here are the results:

8 Library of Congress / NACO Name Authority List
7 Māori Subject Headings
6 Library of Congress Subject Headings
5 Linnean
4 Getty Thesauri
3 Marsden Research Subject Codes / ANZRSC Codes
3 Iwi Hapū List
2 Australian Pictorial Thesaurus
1 Powerhouse Object Names Thesaurus

This straw poll naturally only reflects on the participants who attended this particular session and counting was somewhat haphazard (people were still coming into the room), but is gives a sample of the scope.

I don't recall whether the heading was "Metadata we care about" or "Vocabularies we care about," but it was something very close to that.