I believe that this message is unhelpful in both tone and content.

Eric Miller <> "[...] is
co-founder and president of Zepheira [...] Previously, Eric was a [...]
Research Scientist at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio".   I believe that 8 years at
OCLC is a sufficient period of time to allow one to gain some familiarity
with libraries. I cannot speak to his experience with Orange Juice.

His involvement with the W3O was later than mine, but I believe that he is
30 years old in the same sense that I am.

I was a little peeved that this contract was no-bid, but if no-bid,
Zepheira was the logical choice.


On Sun, Jun 3, 2012 at 7:23 PM, J. McRee Elrod <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> -------- Forwarded message --------
> Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 08:44:02 -0500
> From: Michael Gorman <[log in to unmask]>
> To: "J. McRee Elrod" <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Latest brilliant idea
> *LC's press release:
> *"The Library of Congress (LOC) has contracted with Zepheira, a semantic
> web development company, to accelerate the launch of its Bibliographic
> Framework Transition Initiative (BFTI). A major goal of BFTI is to replace
> the MARC 21 exchange format with a new Linked Data model."
> *My message to the person who sent me that:*
> *"I knew Henriette Avram very well--a brilliant woman.  She was not a
> librarian and the weaknesses of MARC are, in my view, due to that fact.
> She was presented with a problem--automating the production of LC cards
> (the guff about it being conceived as a communication format ab initio is
> just that, guff) and, not being a librarian, developed a way of automating
> card records without changing their basic structure.  I am convinced that a
> librarian would have said "Great--let's do away with all that is wrong with
> cards and develop a computer record." (For example: grouping access points
> rather than having 1**s and 7**s.)   Still, MARC was and is a brilliant
> idea.*
> * *
> *"Now they are going to turn the whole thing over to a bunch of 30-year
> olds pretending to be 20 year olds (is there a more bogus sounding thing
> than a "a semantic web development company"?) who wouldn't know a library
> if it walked up to them and squirted orange juice in their faces.
>  Really?"*
> *All the best, Michael*
> *----*
> *Michael Gorman*
>  *525 W. Superior, #225*
> *Chicago, Illinois 60654
> *