Need to Add LREC Workshops to

From time to time I need to reference Heidi Johnson's work published as part of the LREC workshops in 2002 and 2006 under the title: "International Workshop on Resources and Tools in Field Linguistics". The papers never got hosted on the official LREC website. Rather the papers were hosted on the MPI website.

Who do I talk to about getting these papers into the database of papers. They would get the attention they need in that paper repository.

Re-implementing the OLAC validator

The OLAC validator runs off of an unit of software which has the heartbleed security vulnerability. Thinking about implementing a validator the following software comes to mind. There was also an Online OAI-PMH validator from a former engineer on the Europeana project. I think he is based in Greece. His solution is not open source, but he mentioned that he would consider adding the OLAC profile.

It would be good to see what other OAI-PMH validators look like and how submitters expect to interact with them.; ;;

DSpace and Dataverse have a bug in Parsing OLAC XML

I read tonight about a bug in Xoai a foundational library for DSpace and Dataverse which uses lxml lib for parsing.

Since the OLAC XML implementation of OAI-PMH requires the use of an XSI element it seems that the bug defined here and discussed here would apply

The four friends

Mark writes a story of a lame man whose four friends take him to a rooftop and open a hole in the roof to lower him down to where Jesus is.

In Jewish culture at the time it was commonly believed that someone who had a physical condition also had a spiritual condition. That is they were cursed. They were to be avoided. So how is it that this lame man has four friends?

I wonder if the friends were equally cursed socially? Did they have their own physical conditions? Is that how they met? Or was this a man who recently became lame and these were faithful friends from before the onset of the laming condition?

Winter wonders

Took the opportunity to take Katja skiing today.

We met some of our friends on the mountain unexpectedly.

It was a great time on the mountain. A few great runs in. Lunch and a few more runs. I even tested out the Slalom course, a first for me. The weather was fickle and wet. By 3:30 out outer layers were wet and we called it a day.

Often as it is the case Katja falls asleep on the way home. So this day I again fell into my own thoughts. We passed a great many tress which had suffered fractures due to the recent ice storm. The greatest extent of the damaged trees was near Pleasant Hill. On the way up we counted among the trees 4 fallen telephone/power poles. The way back was different from the drive up in several ways. Among them there were now a number of backyard fire burning mounds of fallen branches. Evidently this practice was so well loved by those of Pleasant Hill and Springfiled that the whole valley from Dexter to Eugene was covered in a yellow haze caught below the ever dripping gray rain clouds. Breathability was noticeably affected and not for the better.

I passed one rather large burning pile and thought that it was rather odd that they didn’t cut it up for fire wood. That way at least the burning would have a purpose beyond clearing the field or yard area. At some point these trees ar seen a “excess” and rather than a limited commodity. Firewood is easy to come by. It’s cheap, maybe too cheap.

In a sense though isn’t the current situation with many of the fallen trees and limbs due to a lack of pruning? Granted we usually only have cold snaps like that once every 15 years or so in this part of the country. But when pruning isn’t done using it a similar perspective that the trees are really “excess”?

Another way that the drive differed was that on the way up Katja was reading Prince Caspian from the Chronicles of Narnia. While she knows the story well from audio books she definitely likes to read.

I asked her what one might learn from a book like Prince Caspian. To which she replied that there really isn’t much one can learn from fiction.

I said that I didn’t think that was true. In fact I thought that there was quite a bit one could learn through fiction. While it maybe not true facts or true events the kinds of decisions and scenarios one is exposed to through the narrative can influence us in indirect ways.

I asked her if she learned about morals at school. To which she replied “no”, to her recollection all discussion about right and wrong was about rules: school rules and classroom rules. Again I followed up with a question. I asked…what makes rules right or wrong? It’s about what we believe isn’t it?