Monthly Archives: December 2003

Study on business use of email

Almost one-third of businesses that responded to an internet survey run by The University of Nottingham Institute for Enterprise and Innovation spend up to an hour each day clearing e-mails they have received. [Press Releases – Public Affairs Office – The University of Nottingham]

ResearchBuzz on Google Print

When I think of Amazon I think of retail. It’s sensible that they arranged their “Search Inside the Book” feature with contemporary publishers and volumes. When I think of Google I think of search. It doesn’t make sense to me that they’re bypassing the huge number of valuable, institutionally-created, full-text online libraries in favor of … Continue reading ResearchBuzz on Google Print


Slashdot contributor critical of the Open eBook Forum approach: Slashdot | Open eBook Forum Courts Controversy Over Formats. He claims it is too much in thrall to the interests of its primary sponsors.

Amazon web services

Interesting report on Amazon web services. Some points: they make REST and SOAP interfaces available. REST is much the more popular (85% of calls). a major driver was the need to provide better data access to partners. Existing apporaches were “expensive and brittle”. key was the idea of having a development platform. Aspects of this … Continue reading Amazon web services

Google print

Barbara Quint discusses the recent Google Print initiative in Information Today. She notes teething troubles with the exposure of OCLC records in Google and wondes about a ‘library tab’ within Google. One alternative would be to put such records into a sub-domain, adding another tab to the spare Google home page. One called �Library� comes … Continue reading Google print


I typically find myself nodding in agreement when reading Jakob Nielsen’s alertbox. Of course, others may have a different response! Here are his top ten web design mistakes of 2003. Sites are getting better at using minimalist design, maintaining archives, and offering comprehensive services. However, these advances entail their own usability problems, as several prominent … Continue reading Alertbox

Oxford scholarship online

Couple of interesting things about this announcement from ingenta and Oxford University Press. They are taking 700 books online, with plans to add a further 200 per year. Equations are marked up in MathML, and the search service is built on top of Lucene. Ingenta�s team of developers and designers, in Providence, Rhode Island and … Continue reading Oxford scholarship online


Announcing the availability of the resource below, The National Library of Ireland claims that genealogy is the most popular hobby in the US, and also that there are 40M people who claim Irish descent in the US. Certainly, serving this constituency is an important activity and revenue stream for the National Library. The best source … Continue reading Roots

Tim Bray and search

Many of you will have seen this, but interesting to note the series. This series of essays on the construction, deployment and use of search technology (by which I mean primarily “full-text” search) was written between June and December of 2003. It has fifteen instalments not including this table of contents. [ongoing � On Search, … Continue reading Tim Bray and search


The TEL project reports one of its main outcomes to be a “flexible systems architecture based on the SRU protocol”. They have also produced an interim report on metadata issues. One of the interesting things about TEL is their support for the idea of collection level description (CLD) as a form of ‘forward knowledge’ of … Continue reading TEL, SRU and CLD