Mmmmmmm Cataloguing

So I went to this here jigger in me best cataloguing disguise

http://www.smith.edu/libraries/staff/fivecoll/nextgen.htm

Amusing was that they referred to me and did so as "from the Guggenheim". I wish. I of course corrected that with the proviso that I would certainly entertain offers of employment from the Guggenheim. (Who wouldn't)

Anyway, this was awesome. It was awesomely awesome.

I expected there to be like 3 guys in a room at the top of the DuBois. It's cataloguing. Cataloguing is, as a schoolie once said "the broccoli of Library Science."

It was HUGE. Ginormous. The auditorium was full of folks. And yea, it was good.

David Lindahl has accomplished that which I have bitched about for at least 7 years.

I've never understood our propensity to fritter away valuable time correcting authorities and stuff.

I remembered the boy crunching enormous matrixes earning him the nickname Mr. 99.9% of the processor back when our love was young and he locked unsuspecting SUNY students out of their email and such for several hours to run his wicked CSI programmes.

And I thought "Self! Can't we just do that with cataloguing junk?"

And viola! David Lindahl did just that. He makes the computer check authorities. If there ain't one, it makes one. If there are several, it tells you it's pretty sure this record goes with this one. Computers dig matching. And really, why should we bother? Anyway, if it's only kinda sorta sure, you can have folks check manually. It reminded me straightway of Johnson's emergence. I imagine this routine getting complex and learning and being awesomely awesome even more so in future.

Anne Prestamo, the woman from Oklahoma, gave a mean presentation, too. Hooray for entertaining presenters. It left me wondering about how much filtering one could do of aquabrowser, for yea, the references to the old english stuff abounded in tag clouds, merrily dancing their Morris dance.

But cool. Read. Listen. A geek would.