Combined 3rd & 4th Quarter Updates

30Jan2014 at 11:10 am (Updates) ()

Hello everyone,

Just a short note to let you know that the KF Modified updates for the 3rd & 4th quarter are almost completed and I should have them done and off to CALL/ACBD by the end of the week.

In addition to the usual update these will include two enhancements to ‘Canadian Taxation’ and the ‘Law of Privacy.’  For more information on the KF Modified enhancement project see my post from earlier this month.

Feeling pretty warm in North York today at -7 C!  🙂



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Exploring the Linked Data Application of KF Modified Classification

13Jan2014 at 1:18 pm (General) (, , , )

ld-cyrstal-fade-croppedHello all.

Happy to report that Sarah Sutherland (CanLII) and I have been awarded a CALL/ACBD research grant to explore the application of linked data to the KF Modified classification scheme.

This project was inspired by the recent release of the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) as linked data.  Providing KF Modified as linked data will open up opportunities for KF Modified to become a valuable tool for organizing common law legal resources on the semantic web.

Thanks to the Canadian Association of Law Libraries for their continued support of KF Modified!

Watch this blog for updates and progress reports!

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The KF Modified Enhancement Project

3Jan2014 at 10:12 am (Enhancements) (, , )

Our long serving KF Modified champion, Humayun Rashid, has written a wonderful article on the various expansion and enhancement projects that have been introduced to KF Modified since its inception.  “The KF Modified Enhancement Project: Evolution in a Digital Era” appears in vol. 38, no. 3/4 of the Canadian Law Library Review/Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit.

This paper provides an historical overview and includes a number of examples from the classification schedule to illustrate the rational, principles and development of these enhancements.  Rashid describes the Project as an ongoing initiative that aims to provide “the best possible subject-oriented approach to researching and accessing materials emanating from all common law jurisdictions.” And he concludes that this ongoing work indicates that the “KF Modified classification is very much alive and well.” (p. 161)

Rashid also includes this invitation to the KF Modified user community:

“… the Editorial Board is open to all suggestions from users, and warmly welcomes new ideas or proposals for any potential projects.  The KF Modified user community is encouraged to submit their comments and ideas to the Chair, Subcommittee on Classification [Rashid] or KF Modified Committee [Tim] for consideration by the Editorial Board.”

I would add that suggestions can also be submitted through the KF Modified Blog.

Work on the third and fourth quarterly updates for KF Modified will begin shortly and recent enhancements to taxation law and privacy law will be incorporated.

All the best to all of you for the coming year!

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