Monthly Archives: September 2005

Changing expectations

Four years in the US, and the lease was up on our car. Now that we have a credit history, and the junk mail to prove it, replacing it proved easier than first time round. This afternoon, I played my first CD in the car. Appropriately for the times, it is a Prius, which localises … Continue reading Changing expectations


I had not come across Wikibooks before, which is a collection of textbook ‘modules’ created in the Wikipedia model. Wikibooks is one of the Wikimedia family. Naturally enough, coverage is still intermittent. I do not know what sort of momentum it has picked up. There is a skeleton – if little more – in place … Continue reading Wikibooks

A linguistic digression

Our daughter came home one day shortly after starting school in England asking what the ‘pavement’ was. She was used to hearing her Irish parents call it the ‘path’. When she came to the US, she discovered that it was the ‘sidewalk’. The variety of English that is spoken in Ireland has come to be … Continue reading A linguistic digression

Web 2.0

Tim O’Reilly presents a Web 2.0 ‘MemeMap’, the result of some brainstorming at a recent event. This places some familiar concepts (services, not packaged software; remixable data source and data transformations; data as the ‘Intel inside’) in useful frame. My eye was drawn to ‘harnessing collective intelligence’, as it echoed a phrase that I have … Continue reading Web 2.0

Painting a moving train

Blogged conference reports can be somewhat telegraphese – but are often interesting to scan. Here are a couple – followed by an observation. Richard Akerman blogs the Info-grid conference over several entries beginning here. A while ago, Overdue Ideas reported on Ex-Libris user meetings extensively. See the message here and following (without a visible archive … Continue reading Painting a moving train

Missing you in Copenhagen

I should be getting ready to fly to Copenhagen where I was scheduled to speak at the Building the Info Grid conference. I very much regret that I cannot travel as I recuperate from surgery and will miss the conference. I have agreed to participate in a followup event to be scheduled in the new … Continue reading Missing you in Copenhagen

Looking at the site

I find web-site appearance both more and less important. Less important because I look at a lot of things through RSS. For some sites, I now do not know what they look like as my only exposure to them is through their RSS feed. More important because I find that my perception of an organization’s … Continue reading Looking at the site

An information society?

Some media experiences in the last day or two: A TV ad: a driver is rung up and asked if he would like to schedule an oil change for his BMW. How did they know it was due? Why the car had communicated it to them directly. Another TV ad: a truck is lost – … Continue reading An information society?

L’ogre anglophone

From BiblioAcid on the finding in our Aggregate collections article that about 50% of unique titles in the aggregate Google 5 collections were in non-English languages. Bref, l’�crasement de la francophonie par l’ogre anglophone Google semble largement fantasm�. [BiblioAcid] Of course, our figures refer to the collections themselves, not to the choices Google and the … Continue reading L’ogre anglophone

Digital preservation

Presentations describing projects shortlisted for the Digital Preservation Award for 2005 have been made available. The Digital Preservation Award of �5,000 is sponsored by the Digital Preservation Coalition. This prestigious Award recognises the many new initiatives being undertaken in the challenging field of digital preservation. The Digital Preservation Award is presented as part of the … Continue reading Digital preservation