Monthly Archives: April 2005

Making OpenURLs work hard

Check out Opening up OpenURLs with autodiscovery in the latest Ariadne. Because of this, we believe a new type of information resource optimisation is now needed to help fix the problem of insufficient integration. It is no longer sufficient to work only to improve human interfaces for usability and wayfinding, and, separately, to improve automated … Continue reading Making OpenURLs work hard

DDC summaries

We made the Dewey Decimal Classification system summaries available for open use a while ago on the ResearchWorks website (the top three levels). I am not sure how widely noticed this was. The Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system uses simple decimal notation to divide recorded knowledge into 10 main classes, 100 divisions and 1,000 sections. … Continue reading DDC summaries

Linking libraries and learning management

Here is a nice example of integration between library and learning environments. The University of Michigan Library provides course reserves information to the Sakai-driven campus course management system through RSS. We will discuss the system’s framework, describe technical challenges, and suggest collaborative strategies for implementing a similar service. Usage statistics, user responses, and strategies for … Continue reading Linking libraries and learning management

Landscape and brandscape

Information landscape was a term used in various conversations some time ago to refer to the idea of a set of resources organized around user interests rather than around the characteristics of supply. For example, an information landscape might be a personalized selection of information resources delivered within a metasearch environment. I imagine that one … Continue reading Landscape and brandscape

The University of Sunderland’s web presence

The home page of the University of Sunderland made an immediate impact on me. Part of the text says that it is a ‘dynamic modern university’. The immediate web impact is in line with that message. If that is what they wanted to convey, they succeeded – with this reader anyway. Continuing the theme of … Continue reading The University of Sunderland’s web presence

Sending out r�sum�s in PDF

The Daring Fireball post “Translation From PR-Speak to English of Selected Portions of Adobe’s `FAQ’ Regarding Their Acquisition of Macromedia” has been widely noticed. But that does not mean that it cannot be noted here. My favorite line “Please also note that PDF is an excellent format for sending out r�sum�s.” Where by “complementary” we … Continue reading Sending out r�sum�s in PDF


My colleague Thom Hickey has a short article in the current OCLC Newsletter expanding on our experiments with the Beowulf Cluster to speed up processing. We obtained the machine to investigate parallel text searching. At OCLC we have always searched our databases in parallel, but in as few pieces as we could. In this project … Continue reading Hwaet!

Desert Island Discs

Desert Island Discs is a longrunning popular programme on BBC Radio 4. A guest shares details of the eight records they would take with them to a desert island. They also tell the audience about the book they would take with them, and a luxury. When Emmylou Harris was on the programme she chose a … Continue reading Desert Island Discs

Reeling and writhing

There was some comment on the post I did about library journals a while ago. My concern was about impact: we go on about how much library skills and experience have to contribute but we ensure that the documentary record of those skills and that experience is buried in niche, off-web publications with diminishing impact. … Continue reading Reeling and writhing

Network-external and network-internal

I have just written the following for other purposes: The library community is engaged in a difficult transition: from a network-external organization to a network-internal organization. In the former case, the library makes some services available on the network, but the network remains external to how it organizes itself; in the latter, its service and … Continue reading Network-external and network-internal