Here is some MyLibrary news:
Putting the "my" back into MyLibrary
We are giving ourselves "creeping featuritis" here a Notre Dame by
spending time putting customization back into MyLibrary. To date Rob
Fox has added two authentication modules to the system
MyLibrary::Auth::Kerberos and MyLibrary::Auth::Basic.
MyLibrary::Auth::LDAPS is down the road.
These modules will allow people to authenticate against a number of
systems. Once authenticated people will be able to create "their"
page, and we will be able to syndicate "their" page to other venues
such as campus-wide portals. This functionality will also lead to
possible enhancements such as People Like You Also Used...
Authentication will also enable us to generate aggregated statistics
answering questions like "What sorts of resources do the engineers use?"
MyLibrary and Dublin Core
The MyLibrary resources table now consists of a superset of Dublin
Core elements, and there are methods for doing I/O against these
elements. This means it should be an almost trivial task to harvest
content from OAI repositories (which require Dublin Core output) and
cache the content in a MyLibrary implementation. MyLibrary can also
become an OAI data repository. It also means content saved in a
MyLibrary implementation will be easily cross-walked to other
metadata schemes. MyLibrary2MARC. MyLibrary2OAI. MyLibrary2RSS.
"Sum" MyLibrary implementations
Here are "sum" MyLibrary implementations recently created and in
1. Catholic Portal - This is an embryonic collection of links related
to the study of Catholicism. Much of the code comes from the current
MyLibrary distribution. Interesting additions include an SRU
interface for searching and an OAI interface for sharing links:
2. MyLibrary@... - This is an index of more than 430,000 OAI
records harvested mostly from the National Science Foundation OAI
Data Repository. The system harvests OAI content from complete OAI
repositories and/or sets, caches them to MyLibrary, indexes the
content with Plucene, creates subject-specific dictionaries
supporting alternative spellings of queries, links queries to a
thesaurus (WordNet), generates lists of statistically relevant
keywords supporting Find More Like This One features, and finally is
accessible via an SRU interface. Whew! See:
3. MyLibrary@... - Last, and almost least, I have started
creating a simple MyLIbrary implementation designed to support the
Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts. More specifically, the system
will contain only links to resources supporting American and English
literature as well as Western philosophy. The collection is tiny, but
more interestingly, I have developed a way for webmasters to grab
MyLibrary content and insert it into their own pages through the
addition of <script> elements in HTML. Read:
Eric Lease Morgan
Head, Digital Access and Information Architecture Department
University Libraries of Notre Dame