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[InetBib] Announcing Issue 40 of the Code4Lib Journal

[Apologies for cross posting]

The new issue of the Code4Lib Journal, Issue 40, is now available.
Many thanks to the authors and editors who worked hard to make this
issue happen. Interested in a survey of filenaming practices?
Wondering how to develop centralized accessioning for born-digital
archival materials? Want to bring together cataloging and wikidata
edits to contribute your expertise and augment your library's catalog?
Wondering what ever happened to that Arduino-based transaction counter
(update, it's now a Pi!)? Or considering the principles behind digital
collections? This issue's got something for you!

Editorial: Beyond Posters: On Hospitality in Libtech

Ruth Kitchin Tillman

In this editorial, I will be using the word hospitality to mean the
intentional welcome of others into a space which one currently
occupies, possibly as a member of a dominant group. I do not wish to
encourage the idea that one should cultivate or maintain a role of
benevolent host in a way that forces others to remain forever guest or
outsider, although there will always be newcomers. Hospitality may be
a first step to ceding one’s position as host in a space. It may be
expanding that space to become a place with many potential hosts, each
respected for their varied contributions and skillsets. It may also be
supporting those in a different space or a different role, such as
those who use the technologies we build and support (both colleagues
and patrons), and respecting them in that space.

What’s in a Name? On ‘Meaningfulness’ and Best Practices in Filenaming
within the LAM Community

Drew Krewer and Mary Wahl

Cultural institutions such as libraries, archives and museums (LAM)
face many challenges with managing digital collections, particularly
when it comes to organizing the individual files that make up each
collection. While tools such as metadata and collection management
systems support identification and arrangement for digital files,
administrative control depends significantly on the mere filenaming in
use beneath the surface. Anecdotal evidence has shown that many LAM
institutions have specialized filenaming schemes in place for their
digital collections. This paper includes a literature review of
filenaming practices in the LAM community, followed by a description
and analysis of survey data regarding filenaming practices in the LAM
community. The purpose of the survey was to learn about filenaming
conventions in use within LAM organizations who have filenaming
policies in place. The data suggests that: similarities and
differences exist in filenaming approaches between museums/galleries,
archives/special collections, and academic institutions; it is
preferred that filenaming be simultaneously meaningful to both humans
and computers; and conventions that affect sortability are deemed more
important than those that affect readability. The data also indicate
several subtopics related to filenaming that would benefit from
further study.

Centralized Accessioning Support for Born Digital Archives

Alice Sara Prael

Archives often receive obsolete digital storage media alongside paper
acquisitions: CDs and DVDs mixed in with folders of correspondence,
Zip disks, and floppy disks set aside by the donor with the intention
to review the content later. Archives must not only have the expertise
to work with digital media, but also the hardware and software to
capture the content without the risk of altering the files merely by
viewing them. This article will describe how Yale University Libraries
and Museums addressed accessioning of born-digital archival content on
physical media through a centralized digital accessioning support
service. Centralizing the hardware and expertise required for working
with physical media made it possible to accession media more quickly
and return the files to the originating archives for arrangement and

Wikidata: a platform for your library’s linked open data

Stacy Allison-Cassin and Dan Scott

Seized with the desire to improve the visibility of Canadian music in
the world, a ragtag band of librarians led by Stacy Allison-Cassin set
out to host Wikipedia edit-a-thons in the style of Art+Feminism, but
with a focus on addressing Canadian music instead. Along the way, they
recognized that Wikidata offered a low-barrier, high-result method of
making that data not only visible but reusable as linked open data,
and consequently incorporated Wikidata into their edit-a-thons. This
is their story.

Redux: Tabulating Transactions with Raspberry Pi and Visualizing Results

Tim Ribaric

Often in the library tech world we are not given the opportunity to
attempt a project again. Effort spent re-doing a previous project in a
different way, in some sense, means wasting time that could be used to
work on new initiatives. This article describes a redux of a project,
a revenge story so to speak. In 2013 the Arduino based Tabulatron
first entered production at Brock University Library. The device had
its flaws, an attempt to rectify those flaws was manifested in the
creation of the PiTab, the story of which is presented here.

FAIR Principles for Library, Archive and Museum Collections: A
proposal for standards for reusable collections

Lukas Koster, Saskia Woutersen-Windhouwer

Many heritage institutions would like their collections to be open and
reusable but fail to achieve that situation because of organizational,
legal and technological barriers. A set of guidelines and best
practices is proposed to facilitate the process of making heritage
collections reusable. These guidelines are based on the FAIR
Principles for scholarly output (FAIR data principles [2014]), taking
into account a number of other recent initiatives for making data
findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. The resulting FAIR
Principles for Heritage Library, Archive and Museum Collections focus
on three levels: objects, metadata and metadata records.
Clarifications and examples of these proposed principles are
presented, as well as recommendations for the assessment of current
situations and implementations of the principles.

Ruth Kitchin Tillman
Coordinating Editor

Péter Király
software developer
GWDG, Göttingen - Europeana - eXtensible Catalog - The Code4Lib Journal

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