Monthly Archives: March 2006

An addressable knowledge-base

There has been a lot of discussion about Wikipedia of late. Much of this has been about ‘authority’. There is another major issue at play here as well, which is really quite interesting for libraries. Let me step back a moment to talk about the URL. The URL is the currency of the web. For … Continue reading An addressable knowledge-base

QOTD: Simplicity

Paul Kedrosky in Business 2.0: The current obsession with simplicity beats making products stupidly complex. But it’s built on at least one false premise, that less is more. More is more, and it always has been and always will be. Good products can and should be feature-rich, laden with information and easy to use. [Business … Continue reading QOTD: Simplicity

Extending the audience

I have been thinking about Bono recently. One of the pivotal events in U2 and recent media history, IMHO, was during the Live Aid concert many years ago. U2‘s performance established them as a pre-eminent live group for the first time — something for which they would eventually become superstars. Bono jumped off the stage … Continue reading Extending the audience

Know your audience

We have made an ‘audience level’ service available as a prototype. This is available as a human interface, a web service, and as greasemonkey scripts which insert an audience level in an Amazon or Open WorldCat page based on interaction with the web service. This service is based on the insight that we can say … Continue reading Know your audience


In the interests of expanding our vocabulary to cover new aspects of the current environment, here is yet another helpful suggestion 😉 In the Web 2.0 world of lightweight service composition, we want to make functionality available through web services interfaces so that it can be readily recombined with other functionality to create greater value. … Continue reading Services

FRBR presentations

In preparing the first presentation below, I linked to a variety of colleagues’ presentations which touch on some aspect of FRBR. Lorcan Dempsey On the discrimination of Huck Finns: a short presentation on FRBR (PPT) Reading 2.0, 16 March 2006, San Francisco, California (USA) Diane Vizine-Goetz FictionFinder: Don Quixote to Graphic Novels (PPT:1.4MB/24slides) WebWise 2006, … Continue reading FRBR presentations

Conversations and evidence

The Reading 2.0 conference has had some nice coverage. One of the interesting takeaways for me was the variety of requirements or use cases that drive service, and the dangers of substituting either-or discussion for and discussions. I kept thinking of two non-exclusive emphases: conversation and evidence. Major network presences are interested in providing ‘good … Continue reading Conversations and evidence

Rank, recommend and relate

I talked about search, share and subscribe below, as potential user requirements. I notice a growing tendency to describe services in terms of three verbs. Here is an alliterative line up for the catalog: rank, recommend and relate.

Sites: a pattern of expectation

On recent travels, I have been reading Malcolm McCullough’s Digital Ground, an architectural consideration of interaction design in an age of pervasive computing. I was interested to come across this mention of public libraries: … A livable city is made up of types. Some of these, such as the sidewalk cafe, become valued for all … Continue reading Sites: a pattern of expectation

Reading 2.0

I have just returned from the congenial Reading 2.0 conference organized by Peter Brantley. The topic was the emergent contexts of reading and books in a network environment, and a diverse group spoke about issues. I will have some things to say about it anon. In the interim, here are some links. Presentations given at … Continue reading Reading 2.0