OCLC Research to Host TAI CHI Webinar on Umlaut, 1 August 2011 at 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT (UTC 17:00)

All are welcome to attend this free webinar to learn about this open source software that can be used as a front-end for an existing knowledge base.

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Umlaut deals with specific known citations and full text from multiple data stores (link resolver, catalog, etc.), Amazon and Google links, "cited by" links from licensed vendors, "search inside" links to Amazon, Google, HathiTrust, or anything else you want to write a plugin for. It gives you the ability to switch out the underlying knowledge base products with no interruption to your users. It runs as Ruby on Rails application via an engine gem. Umlaut is also a "link resolver front-end" for an existing knowledge base because it accepts requests in OpenURL format but has no knowledge base of its own.

In this webinar, Jonathan Rochkind, Senior Programmer/Analyst at the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University, will demonstrate how Umlaut is it allows you to de-couple your "link resolver" (or "known item service") user-facing UI from your underlying knowledge base products—theoretically making it possible to switch out one vendor's knowledge base product for another with no interruption to your users (or to your local applications using Umlaut's API rather than a specific vendor's proprietary API). Umlaut is a buffer between your knowledge base product(s) and the world.

Webinar participation is free and open to all but advanced registration is required.

Register here* to attend this free webinar via WebEx on 1 August 2012 at 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT (UTC 17:00).

This is the thirteenth webinar in the OCLC Research Technical Advances for Innovation in Cultural Heritage Institutions (TAI CHI) Webinar Series developed to highlight specific innovative applications, often locally developed, that libraries, museums and archives may find effective in their own environments, as well as to teach technical staff new technologies and skills. Recordings of these webinars are made available on the OCLC Research website, in iTunes and on YouTube.

*After you register, you will receive an e-mail message that contains instructions for logging on to WebEx, where you will view the meeting slides online through your Web browser (please note that WebEx recommends using Internet Explorer or Firefox, as Chrome and Safari are not supported). When you log in to the webinar, you may chose to either listen to the presentation audio through your computer speakers or headset, or dial in to listen by telephone.

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More Information

Register to attend the OCLC Research TAI CHI Umlaut webinar on 1 August 2012 at 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT (UTC 17:00)

Learn more about Umlaut

Read Jonathan Rochkind's blog, Bibliographic Wilderness

OCLC Research Technical Advances for Innovation in Cultural Heritage Institutions (TAI CHI) Webinar Series

OCLC Research webinar recordings in iTunes

OCLC Research YouTube Channel

For more information:

Roy Tennant
Senior Program Officer
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research