Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Changes and Updates to Naxos MARC.XML - Updated 10.23.13

Since the launch of the complete Naxos Music Library and Naxos Music Library-Jazz MARC.xml, we've received some great feedback!  Below I've provided a change-log, as well as some screenshots.  These changes were made to allow for the .XML to be batch (and singly) imported into MarcEdit easier.

The URL's for download have been updated, and are included below, as well as on our previous blog post.

Download Links

Previous .xml will reference utf-16 encoding, and not include any style schema
Previous .xml will include extra white space, thus creating a new line in some cases.  We've removed this to allow for ease of import via MarcEdit

We added some .xml schema specifications, and altered the UTF encoding from utf-16 to utf-8

We updated the 856 field and removed the white space causing a newline (error) in some cases


1. "utf=16", changed to "utf=8"
2.  Added -  <... xmlns:xsi="" xsi:schemaLocation="">
3. White space/Newline removed from 856 field

Batch Conversion of (Naxos) .xml to .mrc
We've also had folks inquire about the general process for "batch conversion of MARC .xml to .mrc. The process for that, as it pertains to the Naxos MARC .xml, is included below with screenshots.  

While we at Naxos excel at many things, the use and intricacies of MarcEdit are not among them.  If you have specific MarcEdit function questions, you are best served directing them to the appropriate party/parties.

In MarcEdit's "MARC Tools" module:
1.  Click Tools, then Batch Process Records

This process may differ depending on the version of MarcEdit you have installed.  For further information, consult the MarcEdit help section.

2. Find and select the folder that contains the entire .xml for import.  In my example to the right, the file is titled "Small Sample". 

Your filename will likely be "NML-MARC-XML-US" - or something very similar. 

Lastly - be sure to enter ".xml", without the quotes,  in the File Types box.

3. Select the function you're interested in having MarcEdit perform. 

In our case, it's "MARCXML to MARC".

Once complete, your screen should look similar to the one to the left.

4. Viola!  You should now see a folder titled "processed_files" in either your specified location, or within the previous folder selected.   

If your conversion was successful, not only will you receive a confirmation from MarcEdit, but also the files should look similar to the right.  Again, I used a small sub-section of the records for our purposes here.


Special Thanks:
As always, if you have any questions or feedback, please don't hesitate to contact us anytime. 

Here's to many successful conversions!

Nick D'Angiolillo
Manager, Naxos Online Libraries
Naxos of America, Inc.
615.465.3836 (direct)

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

MARC .XML Now Available for Naxos Music Library Subscribers

We're happy to announce that a complete set of Naxos Music Library and Naxos Music Library-Jazz MARC.XML records are now available!  The links for download and a plethora of information are below.  Please save this message for future reference, as it contains answers to most the common questions we've received in the past.

Download Links

Naxos Music Library
Naxos Music Library-Jazz

The data is complete and up-to-date as of October 1, 2013.  Going forward, these links will be updated quarterly, so be sure to check back shortly after January 15, 2014 for the next update!  We'll also send out a notice that the records/links have been updated.

What format are the records in?
The above links provide standard MARC.XML (MARC21) data.  This data can be ingested directly into most catalog systems without issue.  The records are made available on an "as-is" basis, and as an end user you or your colleagues are free to make any changes to the data, records, fields, and/or presentation as you see fit, locally. 

Above is a small sample of a record. 
Download the full batch above to evaluate the complete records for yourself!

MARC 21 XML General Information
*Note that portions of the LOC website may be unavailable or will not be updated during the U.S. Government appropriations shutdown (as of Oct. 1, 2013).

What should the data look like when extracted?
The files extract into year-based folders.  Each year includes the files/data for albums made available in NML that year.
This is how the files should appear, after successful extraction.
Record Count - As of October 1, 2013
Naxos Music Library - 62,342
Naxos Music Library - Jazz - 7,132

Why don't the record counts match the disc counts on the site?
The disc counts on NML are just that - disc counts!  Since the MARC.XML are generated based on catalog ID, some of which contain multiple discs, you may see some discrepancy in the numbers between the site's "disc counts" and the number of records.  This is normal and intended - rest assured that all discs are accounted for.

Does the 856 field need to be updated?
No!  Unlike previous incarnations, this data set deploys some long-awaited technology.  The URL included in the MARC files will now automatically detect the account with which you're associated (based on your IP address) and transform the link correctly.  This is a great opportunity to ensure you've got the most up to date IP information in our system!  Contact us to ensure everything is on file correctly.

Should you wish to customize the URL to include specific proxy information, you only need to replace the portion of the URL below in all caps (UNIVPORTAL).  The rest of the URL will perpetually remain as is.  No more updating the URLs annually!

Example URL Alteration

With a prefix-based proxy augmentation:

With a suffix-based proxy augmentation:

If you encounter any difficulties in updating the 856 field URLs, please don't hesitate to contact your local Naxos representative anytime.  If you're unsure who that would be - you can find out easily right now.

Any Known Issues?
There is currently a known issue with using Google Chrome for some downloads.  At present, even though all of the data has been delivered Chrome will hold the transfer session open for longer than intended.  If this occurs, simply allow the download to finish.  It can take between 1 and 5 minutes for this process to complete.  Canceling and restarting will have the same end effect.
Here's an example of what the open-transfer may look like when using Chrome.
7-Zip Compression
Since the data files are so large when unpacked (over 1.1GB), we needed a compression format that would allow for immense compression.  7-Zip (.7z) is the answer!  Should you not have the capability at present, I've included links for PC and Mac below.  Each of these archivers will handle 7-Zip with ease and are free of charge, without restrictions on use.

Windows (7-Zip):
Mac (Keka):
We welcome your feedback in any way, shape, and form, so please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or would like to discuss the MARC records further.

Happy MARC'ing!

Nick D'Angiolillo
Manager, Naxos Online Libraries
Naxos of America, Inc.
615.465.3836 (direct)

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sony Classical Joins Naxos Music Library!

Naxos Music Library is thrilled to announce the addition of the extensive Sony Classical catalog to the ever-growing streaming inventory available to our subscribers.  This will introduce or expand the presence in NML of a number of legendary and popular artists and conductors, including Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Pablo Casals, George Szell, Arthur Fiedler, Glenn Gould, Vladimir Horowitz, Yo-Yo Ma, Murray Perahia, Eugene Ormandy, the Philip Glass Ensemble, Leontyne Price, Arthur Rubinstein, Isaac Stern, Arturo Toscanini, and many more.  

Sony Classical is also home to many beloved film scores, including those for the Star Wars films, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Phantom of the Opera, Skyfall, Titanic, The Dark Knight, and more.   And of course, this will also make even more versions of your favorite compositions available, providing you with yet more options when selecting the perfect performance for classroom use or personal listening pleasure.   

The first round of titles (hundreds of them!) are available to stream now, with further albums added on a regular basis alongside the many titles NML adds daily.  

You can view the official press release

Naxos Music Library is truly delighted at this opportunity to partner with Sony Classical, and we know that you will be equally excited to enjoy the new additions.  As always, Naxos Music Library strives to provide the most thorough classical music streaming service available, and at a price that will supply the most value to the subscriber.  Happy listening!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Reintroducing...Naxos Video Library!

Have you ever taken a group of students to the opera for the first time and watched as their eyes widened, their jaws dropped, and suddenly they got it?  Suddenly this art form that has captured imaginations for centuries has enchanted even more, and you wished that somehow you could bring this experience back to the classroom?

And what about the ballet?  Students can hear the music easily enough, but how often do they have the opportunity to see how it interacts with the movement of masterful dancers as they glide gracefully about a carefully lit and designed stage?  That breath that catches in the throat as the ballerina nails a massive grand jeté right at the peak of the music’s crescendo—how often do your students get to experience that?

How often do you wish that your students could be in the midst of the great orchestras of the world just to observe their tremendous technique and inspiring virtuosity in action and up close?  Do they get to watch the most skilled conductors at work to pick up valuable insight that they can then apply to their own conducting?

Believe it or not, all of this and more is available through Naxos Video Library (contact us!), which features over 1,675 full-length videos for streaming on demand as of this writing.  This ever-expanding database possesses a wonderfully diverse range of content, including:

Opera – Currently there are over 285 full-length operas available to watch, with libretti and subtitles in up to five languages for most.  The great opera composers are all represented, including Donizetti, Handel, Monteverdi, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Verdi, and Wagner (including a number of Bayreuth Festival performances!).  Many of the classic operas are presented multiple times, allowing for comparison of productions.

Ballet – Not only are a wide variety of ballets available in full (including performances of all three Tchaikovsky classics by the Royal Ballet), but a number of films highlight specific dance groups and pay tribute to famous individuals.

Orchestra and chamber ensembles – Over 380 full-length videos portray performances by orchestras, chamber groups, choirs, and soloists.  Highlights include three cycles of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, cycles of Beethoven’s symphonies by Abbado and Karajan, and Bernstein’s Mahler symphony cycle.

Documentaries – A considerable assortment of feature-length documentary films profile composers, conductors, performers, and dancers.  Others highlight moments in music history or inspiring music education stories of today, while still more go behind the scenes of opera productions.  There is something for everyone here.

Educational – Along with a couple series of films dedicated to discussing individual symphonic works, Naxos Video Library includes a number of videos that explore periods of art history and many of the geographic and historic wonders of the world.  Also featured are the A Musical Journey series, which combines video tours of locations around Europe and Asia with classical music characteristic of those places, and a selection of complete stage productions from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.

Naxos Video Library is an excellent resource for your music, dance, and theater programs, and it's a cost-effective way to provide a full-length film collection without having to worry about DVD purchasing, damage, or theft.  And no longer will students need to fight over the one copy available in the library; as many students can stream video simultaneously as your chosen subscription level allows.  You will also have the ability to customize film clips to compile into playlists to complement your lessons.  Curious to see what this is all about?  Contact us at any time for pricing and for a free trial!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Changes in NML and NML Jazz

“You gotta keep ‘em separated.”  These words to a certain 90’s pop punk hit that I outwardly regret knowing spring immediately to mind as I share some necessary—but good—changes coming up for Naxos Online Libraries.  (If that song is now stuck in your head, I apologize.  Maybe.  If you don’t know it…I envy you.  Maybe.)

As our databases continue to expand at an exciting rate, we have decided that now is the time to further define the unique personalities of both Naxos Music Library and NML Jazz.  As such, all jazz content in NML will be moved to NML Jazz over the next couple months, with the goal of having the transition completed by the end of October.  This will allow us to better organize our catalog for your enjoyment and ease of use.

First, the good news:  The price for NML Jazz will not change through this realignment.  That means more music for the same value.  Also, no longer will you need to search in both sites for jazzy jams to get your students (or yourself) grooving; they will all be in one place.

Second, the other good news:  While this realignment does mean NML will be losing a small percentage of content, it does not mean the growth in NML is slowing down in proportion.  Rather, it means that NML is better positioned for great things to come.  We can't tell you a whole lot just yet, but in the next month or two we will be breaking some very exciting news that will make NML even more awesome than it already is.  Seriously, we feel like parents on Christmas Eve itching to see the kids open up their presents the next morning.  So stay tuned!

So what exactly makes NML Jazz so amazing that it is worthy of being its own beast, rather than merely a supplement to NML?  As of this writing, NML Jazz features over 85,000 tracks from around 7,500 albums, and there are more than 32,000 artists credited.  With the realignment described above, these numbers will increase even further, and new albums are added every single day.

And let us brag just a little more before signing off.  Naxos Music Library Jazz features the complete catalogs of some of the largest and most prestigious jazz labels in the world, including:

Blue Note Records – Titles from Art Blakey, Cannonball Adderley, Grant Green, Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Medeski Martin & Wood, Lee Morgan, Dianne Reeves, Sarah Vaughan, Cassandra Wilson, and Nancy Wilson.

Fantasy Records – Titles from Albert King, Bill Evans, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Isaac Hayes, John Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, and the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

Warner Jazz & EMI – Titles from Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Billy Cobham, Ornette Coleman, Eddie Harris, Manhattan Transfer, Herbie Mann, Charles Mingus, and The Modern Jazz Quartet.

New labels are added every month, including the MaxJazz, Bethlehem Records, and Intakt Records catalogs this month; the 220+ labels currently included come from all over the world and represent all styles and periods of jazz history, from big band and swing to some of the most thrilling new voices of today.

As you can well see, we are quite excited about NML Jazz, and we look forward to growing and developing it even more.

Happy listening!