New Index effort


dennyanspach <danspach@...>
 

Can anyone explain or expand upon the new "NMRA-based" periodical indexing system at <http://www.olimpia.com:8084/magazine-index.html> ? This is NOT the renewed Kalmbach system, but is a separate effort. That it is apparently "open source" and is to be available to everyone seems to augur real promise, and in a separate way, it is a worthy effort for the NMRA.

Denny

Denny S. Anspach MD
Sacramento


Jeff Shultz <jeff@...>
 

On Wed, January 19, 2011 11:52 am, dennyanspach wrote:
Can anyone explain or expand upon the new "NMRA-based" periodical indexing
system at <http://www.olimpia.com:8084/magazine-index.html> ? This is NOT
the renewed Kalmbach system, but is a separate effort. That it is
apparently "open source" and is to be available to everyone seems to augur
real promise, and in a separate way, it is a worthy effort for the NMRA.

Denny
I think you pretty much just did explain it. It was started in response to
Kalmbach shutting down their index.

They're also more open to what magazines and periodicals can be indexed,
including on-line ones.


--
Jeff Shultz
http://www.shultzinfosystems.com


Tim O'Connor
 

Denny, this looks like it could develop into an excellent resource, but
it also may need some strong auditing to ensure consistent quality and
terminology*.

I looked at just two issues of Mainline Modeler and the quality of the entries
is highly variable. My own notes on those two MM issues contains 2x as many
references and each reference is more detailed. I'm not sure the current format
of the web site will accomodate more detailed references but I hope it will.

If this is an NMRA activity, why is it on this "olimpia.com" website?

Tim O'Connor

* Terminology issues: is it an X-43 or an X43? Is it B&M or Boston & Maine?
And so on, raised to infinity. With hundreds of editors, you can imagine
this could spiral out of control (spelling errors anyone?) and render the
whole thing almost useless.

Can anyone explain or expand upon the new "NMRA-based" periodical indexing system at <http://www.olimpia.com:8084/magazine-index.html> ? This is NOT the renewed Kalmbach system, but is a separate effort. That it is apparently "open source" and is to be available to everyone seems to augur real promise, and in a separate way, it is a worthy effort for the NMRA.

Denny S. Anspach MD
Sacramento


Randy Hammill
 

Agreed, there are a handful of articles about 'reffers' listed in the index now. I spotted them when looking for articles by Richard Hendrickson.

As far as I can tell, there's no easy way to correct entries after they have been made, just a 'report an error' form. But that will require somebody to make a decision, then make the change. That requires a lot of work-hours for a project like this.

The best approach would be more wiki-like so that people could make corrections on the fly. There's not really any reason to limit corrections. I haven't joined as a participant, so I don't know if any participant can edit any existing entry. That would help.

Randy Hammill
http://newbritainstation.com

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...> wrote:


Denny, this looks like it could develop into an excellent resource, but
it also may need some strong auditing to ensure consistent quality and
terminology*.

I looked at just two issues of Mainline Modeler and the quality of the entries
is highly variable. My own notes on those two MM issues contains 2x as many
references and each reference is more detailed. I'm not sure the current format
of the web site will accomodate more detailed references but I hope it will.

If this is an NMRA activity, why is it on this "olimpia.com" website?

Tim O'Connor

* Terminology issues: is it an X-43 or an X43? Is it B&M or Boston & Maine?
And so on, raised to infinity. With hundreds of editors, you can imagine
this could spiral out of control (spelling errors anyone?) and render the
whole thing almost useless.




Can anyone explain or expand upon the new "NMRA-based" periodical indexing system at <http://www.olimpia.com:8084/magazine-index.html> ? This is NOT the renewed Kalmbach system, but is a separate effort. That it is apparently "open source" and is to be available to everyone seems to augur real promise, and in a separate way, it is a worthy effort for the NMRA.

Denny S. Anspach MD
Sacramento