Monthly Archives: March 2005

Taking a break

Posts are scarce at the moment, and will be for a while, as I am on vacation. We are in Toronto visiting family. We look forward to visiting the Lilian H Smith library which has been highly recommended by cousins ….

Simply search

My colleagues have been talking about OpenSearch from A9. Thom Hickey reports on his new blog. Is there a middle ground here? Something that is compatible with SRU, but closer to A9? Our Metasearch representative, Ralph LeVan thinks so and has offered to develop guidelines to make this happen. The catch is that what is … Continue reading Simply search

Looking back

I have just spent a little time on the very useful-for-the-nostalgic Google Groups seeing if I could find a record of an event in the early nineties (I must be getting old …). I was unsuccessful. In the process, I did come across a great lost URL 😉 The BUBL service was hosted at the … Continue reading Looking back

A utopian place of criticism

I used two quotes in a (long) article written some time ago of which I am reminded from time to time. Technologists understand that they must build more stable and unobtrusive media. They must establish more coherent contexts into which the technology may disappear. Malcolm McCullough. Abstracting craft: the practiced digital hand. According to the … Continue reading A utopian place of criticism

Metasearch, google and the rest

How quickly things can change! Last year there were discussions about the Google-busting potential of metasearch. How naive. This year there are discussions about the metasearch-busting potential of Google Scholar. Let us wait and see. Clearly there are various issues with metasearch: the variety of data and interfaces that has to be managed means that … Continue reading Metasearch, google and the rest

Yahoo and Flickr

There will be a lot of discussion about Yahoo and Flickr over the next few days. There is an interesting post on Jeremy Zawodny’s blog where he notes some of the characteristics of Flickr and looks forward to seeing it play a more active role within the Yahoo environment. As Caterina wrote, this isn’t about … Continue reading Yahoo and Flickr

MARC up?

Terry Willan, of Talis, has a thoughtful post on the current discussion about the relationship between MARC and XML on the xml4lib mailing list. He reminds people of the three layers in the classical library metadata stack: encoding (ISO 2709 or Z39.2), content designation (as expressed in the various MARC formats), and content values (which … Continue reading MARC up?

From infrastructure to intrastructure

Theo van Veen writes about the National Library of the Netherlands‘ (KB) plans for ‘renewal’ of their technical infrastructure in the current issue of Dlib Magazine. This is an important article in as much as it discusses how a major national organization is looking at unifying its D2D (discovery to delivery) framework in a unified … Continue reading From infrastructure to intrastructure

Jim Gray interviews Tim Bray

Tim Bray talks about search, XML, semantic web, RDF and other things in an interview in Queue. The interviewer is Jim Gray of Microsoft Research. I wonder were the rhyming names deliberate 😉 I spent two years sitting on the Web consortium’s technical architecture group, on the phone every week and face-to-face several times a … Continue reading Jim Gray interviews Tim Bray

Oregon State University

I tend to look at library strategic plans when they are available on the web. They are interesting indicators of where libraries think they most need to create value in coming years. I just came across the 2004 Strategic Plan [pdf] at Oregon State University. In conversations with our key stakeholders, we have received a … Continue reading Oregon State University