Save the date: Mashcat meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, 24 January 2017

We are excited to announce that the second face-to-face Mashcat event in North America will be held on January 24th, 2017, in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, USA. We invite you to save the date. We will be sending out a call for session proposals and opening up registration in the late summer and early fall.

Not sure what Mashcat is? “Mashcat” was originally an event in the UK in 2012 aimed at bringing together people working on the IT systems side of libraries with those working in cataloguing and metadata. Four years later, Mashcat is a loose group of metadata specialists, cataloguers, developers and anyone else with an interest in how metadata in and around libraries can be created, manipulated, used and re-used by computers and software. The aim is to work together and bridge the communications gap that has sometimes gotten in the way of building the best tools we possibly can to manage library data. Among our accomplishments in 2016 was holding the first North American face-to-face event in Boston in January and running webinars. If you’re unable to attend a face-to-face meeting, we will be holding at least one more webinar in 2016.

Thanks for considering, and we hope to see you in January.

Upcoming webinars in early 2016

We’re pleased to announce that several free webinars are scheduled for the first three months of 2016. Mark your calendars!

Date/Time Speaker Title
26 January 2016 (14:00-17:00 UTC / 09:00-12:00 EST) Owen Stephens Installing OpenRefine
This webinar will be an opportunity for folks to see how OpenRefine can be installed and to get help doing so, and serves as preparation for the webinar in March.  There will also be folks at hand in the Mashcat Slack channel to assist.
Recording / Slides (pptx)
19 February 2016 (18:00-19:00 UTC / 13:00-14:00 EST) Terry Reese Evolving MarcEdit: Leveraging Semantic Data in MarcEdit.
Library metadata is currently evolving — and whether you believe this evolution will lead to a fundamental change in how Libraries manage their data (as envisioned via BibFrame) or more of an incremental change (like RDA); one thing that is clear is the merging of traditional library data and semantic data.  Over the next hour, I’d like to talk about how this process is impacting how MarcEdit is being developed, and look at some of the ways that Libraries can not just begin to embed semantic data into their bibliographic records right now — but also begin to new services around semantic data sources to improve local workflows and processes.

Recording: (YouTube) (mp4) / Slides / Storify of livetweeting by @maryacat

14 March 2016 (16:00-17:30 UTC / 12:00-13:30 EDT Owen Stephens (Meta)data tools: Working with OpenRefine
OpenRefine is a powerful tool for analyzing, fixing, improving and enhancing data. In this session the basic functionality of OpenRefine will be introduced, demonstrating how it can be used to explore and fix data, with particular reference to the use of OpenRefine in the context of library data and metadata.

Recording / GitHub repo with class materials / Slides (pptx)

The registration link for each webinar will be communicated in advance. Many thanks to Alison Hitchens of the University of Waterloo and Shana McDanold of Georgetown University for providing hosting for the webinars.

Mashcat in Boston: coming up soon!

We’re just a week away from the face-to-face Mashcat meeting in Boston! Here’s a reminder of some of the logistical details for attendees and presenters:

When: Wednesday, 13 January 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: The Kotzen Room, in Lefavour Hall at Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02215. Directions, maps, and parking instructions are available, although we recommend that you avoid parking a car if possible as parking is typically scarce at Simmons. A handout (PDF) is available showing the campus and food options.

Schedule: The list of presentations is available on the main page for the event.

Hashtag: #mashcat

Registration/beverage service fee: $5, payable in cash unless you prepaid when you registered.

Code of conduct and photography policy: Here; please take a moment to read it before the event.

Livestreaming: The event will be livestreamed using GoToWebinar courtesy of Simmons SLIS; go here to register for the stream.

We look forward to a great event and conversation!

 

 

Registration open for the 13 January 2016 Mashcat event in Boston

We are excited to announce that the first face-to-face Mashcat event in North America will be held on January 13th, 2016, at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. We invite you to view the schedule for the day as well as register at http://www.mashcat.info/2016-event/. We have a strict limit on the number of participants we can accept for this inaugural North America Mashcat face to face event, so register early! If you run into any issues with registering, you can email signup AT mashcat.info.

Mashcat face-to-face event in Boston: call for proposals

We are excited to announce that the first face-to-face Mashcat event in North America will be held on January 13th, 2016, at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. We invite you to save the date, and we hope to have registration and a schedule for this low-cost (less than $10), 1-day event announced in November.

At present, we are accepting proposals for talks, events, panels, workshops or other for the Mashcat event. We are open to a variety of formats, with the reminder that this will be a one-day, single-track event aiming to support the cross-pollination goals of Mashcat (see more below). We are open to proposals for sessions led virtually. Please submit your proposals using this form. All proposals must be received by November 1st, 2015, midnight, and we will respond to all proposals by November 8th, 2015.

Not sure what Mashcat is? “Mashcat” was originally an event in the UK in 2012 which was aimed at bringing together people working on the IT systems side of libraries with those working in cataloguing and metadata. Three years later, Mashcat is a loose group of metadata specialists, cataloguers, developers and anyone else with an interest in how metadata in and around libraries can be created, manipulated, used and re-used by computers and software. The aim is to work together and bridge the communications gap that has sometimes gotten in the way of building the best tools we possibly can to manage library data.

Thanks for considering, and we hope to see you in January.

Mashcat now mashing together library data and systems feeds

There are a number of folks blogging about library data, library systems, and the intersection thereof. To help readers find these blogs, the Mashcat website is now offering a “planet”, i.e., an aggregator of those blogs’ RSS feeds.

To subscribe to the aggregate feed, point your RSS reader at http://mashcat.info/planet. You can also visit the Planet Mashcat page to see the posts in situ.

Owen Stephens has also set up a #blogs channel in the Mashcat Slack.

Do you blog about library data or library systems and want to be included in the planet? If so, please drop a comment below with a link to your blog.

Mashcat at ALA Annual 2015

The 2015 annual conference of the American Library Association starts today (25 June) in San Francisco.  Particularly given the explosion of recent work applying Linked Open Data to libraries, there are a number of sessions that are of interest to Mashcat folks.  Here are some of them:

For folks tweeting at the conference, if you attend or present on something that is related to the intersection between library code and library metadata – or just see something that might be interesting – please consider using the #mashcat hashtag.

Also, #mashcat badge ribbons (but sorry, not the kitten) will be available at the conference! If you want one, follow the #mashcat hashtag for word on availability.

Photo by Galen Charlton / CC-BY-SA

Photo by Galen Charlton / CC-BY-SA

April 2015 #mashcat Twitter chat: how catalogers and library technologists can build better relationships

Update 2015-04-24: the Storify of the chat is now available.

On Thursday, 23 April 2015, we’ll be holding the second Twitter chat on the #mashcat hashtag at 20:00 UTC (i.e., 21:00 BST / 22:00 CET / 4 p.m. EDT / 3 p.m. CDT / 1 p.m. PDT).

The moderator will be Erin Leach (@erinaleach), assisted by Galen Charlton (@gmcharlt). We’ll talk about how catalogers and library technologists can build better relationships. Topics might include: establishing better communication, being change agents, and coming together on areas of mutual concern — and of course, whatever YOU want to talk about.

The chat will be run like other library Twitter chats such as #libchat and #critlib:

  • Before and during the chat, tweet questions to the moderator (@erinaleach).
  • The chat moderator will tweet the questions out on the #mashcat hashtag. For example: “Q1: What RDF triple store do you recommend? #mashcat.
  • Participants can respond to the question on the hashtag, For example: “A1: We use Sesame. #mashcat.
  • Two services that can be useful in participating in Twitter chats are Twitterfall and TweetCat.

Inaugural #mashcat Twitter chat

Update 2015-03-26: the Storify of the Twitter chat is now available

Last week, a library data munger’s thoughts on wrapping bad data in new discovery systems spawned a conversation on Twitter among several library data and systems people about issues with with library data — and how systems and data folk can work together.

Here’s a Storify of the conversation:

As a result of this conversation, a bunch of us are planning and plotting in the Mashcat Slack to organize another event to put library data and systems people in the same room, following up on the success of the 2012 Mashcat event.

But first things first — this Thursday, 26 March 2015, we’ll be holding a Twitter chat on the #mashcat hashtag at 17:00 UTC (i.e., 1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m. PDT).

The general topic will be library data and how library data and systems people can work together to improve it and make the best use of it, while the particular focus of the inaugural chat will be what folks would like to see in a face-to-face Mashcat event.

The chat will be run like other library Twitter chats such as #libchat and #critlib:

  • Before and during the chat, tweet questions to the moderator (me, @gmcharlt).
  • The chat moderator will tweet the questions out on the #mashcat hashtag. For example: “Q1: What RDF triple store do you recommend? #mashcat.
  • Participants can respond to the question on the hashtag, For example: “Q1: We use Sesame. #mashcat.

A Storify will be created after the chat is finished. If the first chat goes well, we do further ones on a regular basis.

We look forward to the conversation! Join us!

By the way, to get an invite to the Slack, leave your email address in the comments below or send a tweet to @gmcharlt.

Presentations from Mashcat 2012

Below are slides, blog posts, and a Yahoo Pipe from the presentations at Mashcat 2012. Many thanks to all who came along, spoke, tweeted, helped organise, and wrote up the event, and especially to DevCSI (@devsci) who supported and fed us. Please let me know if I’ve missed something or if you have further material to add to the list below.

The Cultural Linked Data Backbone by Richard Wallis (@rjw)

Text to Data by Ed Chamberlain (@edchamberlain)

CLOCK Project by Paul Stainthorp (@pstainthorp), Andrew Beeken (@abeeken), Trevor Jones

British Subject Index Map in Yahoo Pipes by Gary Green (@ggnewed)

How Big Is My Book? by Thomas Meehan (@orangeaurochs)

Come & Sniff My Old Books by Helen Harrop (@iamcreative)

Relic: Resource List Item Checker by Richard Cross (@llrrichardcross)

Making the most of MARC by Owen Stephens (@ostephens)