Current Cites

July 2017

Edited by Roy Tennant

Contributors: Peter Hirtle, Roy Tennant

Editor's Note: As our contributor Peter Hirtle notes below, it is with sorrow that we must note the passing of D-Lib Magazine. Many articles from that source have been reviewed in Current Cites over the years, and we will miss the often cutting-edge scholarship and research for which D-Lib was well known. Thank you to everyone who made it possible for so long (since 1995).

Lannom, Laurence. "The End of an EraD-Lib Magazine  23(7/8)(July 2017)( - After 22 years, D-Lib Magazine is shutting down. As a former Associate Editor, I am sure I am biased, but I can't help but look back and marvel at how many important initiatives and big ideas were first presented to the community in its virtual pages. Current editor Lannom argues that "the time for a non-peer-reviewed magazine covering digital library developments at the article level has ... passed," but the high quality of many of the papers in this, the last issue, would suggest otherwise. Much of the credit for the long-term success of the journal belongs to a long line of superior editors who obviated the need for traditional peer review. Let's hope that CNRI's search for a long-term archiving solution for the back issues is successful - PH

Stevens, Gioia. "New Metadata Recipes for Old Cookbooks: Creating and Analyzing a Digital Collection Using the HathiTrust Research Center PortalCode4Lib Journal  37(18 July 2017)( - The existence of the HathiTrust repository has the potential to transform radically academic library research. This article is an example of the new types of investigations enabled by access to a large corpus of online full-text books. Stevens first built a virtual collection of 1,450 full-text cookbooks found in HathiTrust; the largest library-based collection of cookbooks has 76 titles. She then used free tools to extract, normalize, and analyze the bibliographic data for the titles. Using the HathiTrust Research Center Portal, she text-mined and analyzed the full text of those works. She concludes by noting that the tools and the workflows she used in this project can be readily adapted to many different types of projects. The article makes me want to explore similar small scale digital humanities investigations. - PH

Suominen, Osma, and Nina  Hyvönen. "From MARC silos to Linked Data silos?O-Bib  4(2)(2017): 1-13. ( - This opinionated overview of the library linked data landscape is worth spending some time with if you are interested in the move from MARC to linked data. The authors "present a survey of published bibliographic Linked Data, the data models proposed for representing bibliographic data as RDF, and tools used for conversion from MARC," while also describing what they are doing at the National Library of Finland. Of particular note are the diagrams that do a fairly good job of depicting the "family forest" of data models, tools, profiles, and data sets. They also attempt to slot the various data models along a "libraryish" to "webbish" continuum. Disclosure: They briefly mention my employer's work with linked data (OCLC). - RT