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From: Tom Keays <tomkeays@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 17:02:24 -0400
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Of possible interest to some of us here (occasional lod content).

The fourth issue of the Code4Lib Journal is now available at
http://journal.code4lib.org/ .

Editorial Introduction -- Issue 4
Ken Varnum

Auto-Populating an ILL form with the Serial Solutions Link Resolver API
Daniel Talsky
In this article we'll take a tour of the OpenURL protocol; discover
how to use it to get an XML API response from the Serial Solutions
link resolver; and see how to receive and process that XML data using
PHP to create an Interlibrary Loan webform. Finally, we'll see a few
examples of how to handle form processing. This article will be of
interest to beginner programmers interested in examples of programming
with OpenURL and XML in PHP, and to more experienced programmers
interested in taking a look at the Serial Solutions 360 Link API.

Mining Data from ISI Web of Science Reports
Alfred Kraemer
Journal citation data is valuable as a selection tool for adding new
journals as well as for discontinuing subscriptions that are no longer
cost-effective. This article presents and discusses an example of data
extraction from a typical ISI Web of Science report. The strategy was
developed following a review of the data relationships and embedded
data output format. While Perl was used in the example, the method
described can be implemented with most programming/scripting
languages. The example demonstrates also that citation-based studies
and reports can be based on large sets of extracted data rather than
the typical, small samples. The value of the data is discussed using a
actual decision-making scenario.

Unveiling Jangle: Untangling Library Resources and Exposing them through the
Atom Publishing Protocol
Ross Singer and James Farrugia
The Jangle project intends to expose the data hidden in library
systems by using the Atom Publishing Protocol to provide simple,
consistent access to content and resources. The lack of uniform access
to the underlying data in library systems is a major impediment to
library development. The Jangle project has the potential to enable
new development opportunities by leveraging simple to use and easy to
understand processes. This article discusses the benefits of the Atom
Publishing Protocol and how Jangle utilizes it, including a
description of the current JangleR reference implementation and case
studies of the simplicity of developing within the framework.

LibraryH3lp: A New Flexible Chat Reference System
Pam Sessoms and Eric Sessoms
LibraryH3lp is an integrated IM and web chat system designed
specifically for Virtual Reference services in libraries. The software
was designed for, and is currently used by, a night-time chat
reference collaboraton between several large academic libraries.
LibraryH3lp is designed for the workflow of chat reference, supporting
multiple simultaneous operators and routing to queues of operators in
a particular service area. It also supports web page embeddable chat
'widgets', as well as simultaneous gateways to multiple IM protocols.
This article discusses the motivation for the development of the
software, and provides an overview of LibraryH3lp's features and
technical architecture.  Parts of LibraryH3lp are available as open
source. The complete application is available as a low-cost hosted
service, and will eventually be available to be licensed for local

OpenBook WordPress Plugin: Open Source Access to Bibliographic Data
John Miedema
OpenBook is a WordPress PHP plugin that implements the Open Library
APIs to insert book covers, titles, authors and publishers into web
pages. The motive behind the development was to provide an easy
alterative to the common practice of linking to Amazon. Open Library
was selected as a data source because it is both open source and open
data.The plugin is useful for book reviewers, library webmasters,
anyone who wants to put book covers and data on their WordPress blog
or website. The plugin also allows users to add links to publisher
websites, a feature that was considered significant to independent

The Library Search Engine: A Smart Solution for Integrating Resources Beyond
Library Holdings
Karin Herm and Sibylle Volz
The Cooperative Library Network Berlin-Brandenburg (KOBV), Germany
addresses the problem of how to integrate resources found outside the
library and library holdings into a single discovery tool. It presents
a solution that uses open source technology to develop a
next-generation catalog interface called the Library Search Engine.
This pilot project was launched in 2007 with the library of Albert
Einstein Science Park, Potsdam. The idea was to design and develop a
fast and convenient search tool, integrating local holdings (books,
journals, journal articles) as well as relevant scientific subject
information such as open access publications and bibliographies.

BOOK REVIEW: Two Books about FRBR, Compared
Christine Schwartz
This article reviews 2 books on FRBR published in the past year.
Although both books aim to be introductions to FRBR, their approaches
are very different. One is sort of a FRBR study guide with commentary,
the other a collection of essays. Robert Maxwell's book, FRBR: A Guide
for the Perplexed, takes the study guide approach. Arlene Taylor
edited Understanding FRBR: What It Is and How It Will Affect Our
Retrieval Tools, a book of essays about FRBR and FRAD, written by
cataloging experts, aimed at a broader audience, not just the
cataloging specialist.  The first seven chapters lay out the basics:
introductions to FRBR and FRAD, FRBR research, FRBR and the history of
cataloging, FRBR and RDA. These chapters provide an excellent
introduction for those new to FRBR. The last seven chapters each look
at different types of resources in relation to FRBR.
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