Monthly Archives: July 2005


I came across Bookcrossing a while ago. It is a nice idea. The Guardian describes it like this: The concept is finders-keepers meets interactive virtual lending library. The rules are simple. First take a book down from your shelf. It should be one you love. (Ideally, if you ruled the world you would make reading … Continue reading Bookcrossing


Swik is a database of open source software. It will search for something if it doesn’t already know about it. It has wiki-style capabilities for user contributed entries. Swik is a project to create a useful free-content directory for open source software. Swik was inspired by the wiki concept used by projects like Wikipedia and … Continue reading Swik

A Dewey browse

I am very pleased to see the DeweyBrowser appear on our ResearchWorks page. Thom trailed its appearance a while ago and had discussed some technical context. There is some more information on a background page. We have brought it up over a collection of eBooks extracted from WorldCat; we will probably bring up some other … Continue reading A Dewey browse

Forgotten your password?

I sometimes find it hard to understand why we don’t have better identity management solutions given the pain we and the organizations we work for suffer. Sure, there are some initiatives which may help but none that is going to be widely deployed today or tomorrow. From the Financial Times: Industry experts say that companies … Continue reading Forgotten your password?


Having come back from my travels to hundreds of spam trackbacks we have decided to disable trackback for the moment. We may turn it back on when the tools available to us to control it are better, but life is just too short to cope with the irritation it causes.

Linking into flow

There has been some justifiable buzz about COinS in the last couple of days. Dan Chudnov’s work log has a useful piece if you want to find out more. COinS (ContextObjects in Spans) is a simple, ad hoc community specification for publishing OpenURL references in HTML. What does it look like? Just what it says: … Continue reading Linking into flow

Moving up the value chain

I have just spent some time at home in Ireland, a country which has changed enormously in the last fifteen years. On one of the several occasions that I was sitting in Dublin airport in recent weeks I read an article in the Sunday Tribune about the challenges facing Ireland in continuing to attract overseas … Continue reading Moving up the value chain

Relatively available at the point of need

Tony Hey who has been overseeing the development of the UK e-science core program has just been appointed Vice President for technical computing at Microsoft. I have just read his review of John S. Rigden’s Einstein 1905: the standard of greatness in the Times Higher, July 1 2005. The review contains the following: In September … Continue reading Relatively available at the point of need

Books and markets

Hal Varian has an interesting piece in today’s NYT about Amazon and the impact of used book sales on new book sales. He concludes that “all in all, it looks like the used book market creates a lot more value than it destroys.” Moreover, the presence of lower-priced books on the Amazon Web site, Mr. … Continue reading Books and markets

Web services glossary

I look at Loosely Coupled from time to time as a good place to keep up to date with industry discussions about web services and enterprise integration. A useful feature of the site is the glossary. Naturally enough, the entries are written with the interests of the site in mind. Here for example is the … Continue reading Web services glossary