Monthly Archives: September 2008

The silos of the LAMs

Libraries, archives and museums have different curatorial traditions and professional outlooks. In the digital environment, correspondences grow, around both the management of surrogates and of born-digital materials. Based on workshops in five RLG partner institutions, my colleagues have released a report [PDF] on institutional collaboration between libraries, archives and museums. The project that forms the … Continue reading The silos of the LAMs

Supporting research data management needs

Several recent reports discuss the evolving environment of institutional research data management with particular reference to library issues. Here is a list, with a quote from each and a comment or two. Skills, Role & Career Structure of Data Scientists & Curators: Assessment of Current Practice & Future Needs. Alma Swan & Sheridan Brown (Key … Continue reading Supporting research data management needs

Flexibility may not be a good design goal

Jerry McDonough has written an interesting and important article about XML, interoperability, and the social context of standards making: Structural Metadata and the Social Limitation of Interoperability: A Sociotechnical View of XML and Digital Library Standards Development. Drawing on a number of examples he presents a strong conclusion: The digital library community seems to face … Continue reading Flexibility may not be a good design goal

TagCrowd: yet another tag cloud generator

Several services will now generate tag clouds for you based on a submitted URL or text. I suppose these make ideal ‘cloud’ services (ho, ho, …). I have just come across TagCrowd. Here is what it makes of this morning’s CNN home page. It is pretty clear what is on folks’ minds! arrested bailout battle … Continue reading TagCrowd: yet another tag cloud generator

Dublin Core in Berlin

A wide range of presentations from the Dublin Core conference held this week in Berlin is available. Much of general interest about the use of metadata in different domains and the semantic web, and lots of specific descriptions of tools, techniques, and initiatives, ….

QOTD: your friendly public library

A UK colleague sent me a pointer to this discussion of directions at Camden public libraries which includes this comment about public libraries by novelist Beryl Bainbridge: Camden Town novelist Beryl Bainbridge said yesterday: “Why do they want them to be friendly places? They’re meant to be sacred. I bet you’d really impress young people … Continue reading QOTD: your friendly public library

Worldcat on iPhone

Several colleagues have commented on the view of Worldcat optimized for the iPhone/iTouch created by our colleague Bruce Washburn. It is a nice use of the Worldcat Search API and it pulls data from Worldcat and Worldcat Identities. As I don’t have a Safari browser or an iPhone to hand, I am cheating by showing … Continue reading Worldcat on iPhone

The flatpack wealth of nations

Robert Crawford’s poem Digital Library, St Andrews, finishes with these lines …. Where laptops open like thick-leaved books The flatpack wealth of nations. I know this because I listened to him talk to John MacColl in the latest PARCast … Robert Crawford, Professor of Modern scottish Literature at the University of St Andrews, and well-known … Continue reading The flatpack wealth of nations


We have been having some internal discussion about the usefulness of the ‘generational turn’ in much recent exploration of reading, media consumption, and learning and research behaviors. It is impossible to move without bumping into a discussion of netgen, natives and immigrants, Y or X, screenagers, the Google generation, and so on. I incline to … Continue reading Generations

Naming opportunities

[warning: retrospection ahead] In a longish and intermittently productive professional writing career, I have had lots of opportunities to come up with titles for publications. With variable results. Some I like. Full disclosure captured, I thought, the gist of the report to which it is attached [pdf]. This was a study into the extent of … Continue reading Naming opportunities