Monthly Archives: February 2007

Using intentional data becomes routine

I notice that IMDB has had a facelift. We use it a lot to see what folks think of movies – before renting or borrowing DVDs. We have a rule – rarely enforced 😉 – that we only watch movies with a score of 7 or over. A part of the overhaul is the introduction … Continue reading Using intentional data becomes routine

Institutional cyberinfrastructure

Thomas J. Hacker and Bradley C. Wheeler describe how changing research practices are creating new support demands and argue for the benefits of centralized cyberinfrastructure on campus. They talk about strategies for managing the conversation with schools who are developing their own infrastructure. This is in an article, Making Research Cyberinfrastructure a Strategic Choice, in … Continue reading Institutional cyberinfrastructure

Only five computers?: network level computing

Greg Papadopoulos, Sun’s CTO, has a nice blog entry playing on the remark that Thomas J Watson is sometimes reported to have made about the world needing only five computers. He says yes, the world will only need five computers. Let’s see, the Google grid is one. Microsoft’s is two. Yahoo!,, eBay, … Continue reading Only five computers?: network level computing

Data curation education

What is data curation? Here is one view: Data curation is the active and on-going management of data through its lifecycle of interest and usefulness to scholarship, science, and education. Data curation activities enable data discovery and retrieval, maintain its quality, add value, and provide for re-use over time, and this new field includes authentication, … Continue reading Data curation education

The British Library website

I notice that the British Library has redesigned its website. It now highlights a search for BL resources: allowing a single search across the website, catalogues, journal articles for delivery, and digitized collections. This is an interesting high profile example of the desire to offer readers more unified access across the range of collections available. … Continue reading The British Library website

QOTD: William Gibson on cyberspace

William Gibson gave us ‘cyberspace’ as a word. Here is his latest note: The thing that’s going to be quaint about “cyberspace” (that already is, really) is the inherent assumption that it’s a realm unto itself; that it’s in any way elsewhere or other. [William Gibson]

Registry interfaces

Ed Summers has a nice note on the Worldcat Registry of institutional profiles. Talking about machine level access through web services. The details are available here (free registration required). Two web services are now available. There are full details on the pages; here is what the headlines say: WorldCat Registry Search is a Web … Continue reading Registry interfaces

Worldcat Registries

I wrote about registries a while ago. But this is exactly the situation we are in with higher level network services where we have no such directory services. Increasingly, library applications need to know about a variety of entities. We are used to thinking about information objects (books, journals, maps, etc). What about institutions (suppliers, … Continue reading Worldcat Registries

QOTD: A new literacy?

In typically portentous tones, George Steiner notes the declining influence of the humanities and proposes a new literacy based on mathematics, music and architecture: A new literacy, as I imagine it, would have a core syllabus in mathematics, in music, and in architecture. The three domains of the human spirit can, where preferable, be taught … Continue reading QOTD: A new literacy?

The anxiety of influence

We are lucky to live a short walk from the Whetstone branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library. I was there a few months ago browsing in the literature section. I was interested to see the strong presence of Harold Bloom. There were both books by him, and collections of critical essays he edited. I mentioned this … Continue reading The anxiety of influence