October 2003 has 40 entries

  • ebooks in the UKOctober 30, 2003Content suitable for UK (and European) markets was, until recently, in very short supply, although pricing and access models also put ebooks out of reach for many UK public libraries. In some subject areas it may not matter if materials have a US bias, but it is important in subjects...read full entry...
  • New issue of Ariadne availableOctober 30, 2003I always look out for new issues of Ariadne as I set it up many years ago with John MacColl (now at University of Edinburgh). The October 2003 issue is now available with some interesting articles and trip reports from ECDL, DC2003, and other stuff. Ariadne Issue 37 | Contents...read full entry...
  • Automatic classification and web harvestingOctober 30, 2003 Jessica Lindholm, Tomas Schonthal and Kjell Jansson describe the background to and the work involved in setting up Engine-e, a Web index that uses automatic classification as a means for the selection of resources in Engineering. Considerations in offering a robot-generated Web index as a successor to a manually...read full entry...
  • Trip Report - DLF Steering Committee and NDIIPPOctober 30, 2003The October DLF Steering Committee meeting included a presentation from Laura Campbell (LC) and Clay Shirky (consultant) about NDIIPP. There was considerable focus on the technical architecture being developed. They were not able to talk about the current solicitation (they can only answer questions submitted in writing). Final decisions about...read full entry...
  • Economist on Google IPOOctober 30, 2003Via Brian:Even more frightening (especially to those who remember Netscape's fate in the browser wars), Microsoft smells blood. It is currently working on its own search algorithm, which it hopes to make public early next year, around the probable time of Google's share listing. Historically, Microsoft has been good at...read full entry...
  • Clay ShirkyOctober 30, 2003Clay Shirky is working as a technical consultant to the Library of Congress NDIIPP initiative.Mr. Shirky divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. His consulting practice is focused on the rise of decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer, web services, and...read full entry...
  • ZDnet on federated identityOctober 30, 2003Article by Dan Farber overviewing some recent developments in federated identity management. Interestingly, he does not mention Shibboleth. The most interesting and promising development I encountered at Digital ID World was Ping Identity. The 12-person company, led by CEO Andre Durand, offers SourceID an open source platform for deploying federated...read full entry...
  • Why aren't user interfaces more like cars ..October 29, 2003 Now what about user interface design? Every software application I own has a bespoke interface. No doubt this has a lot to do with differentiating oneself in tough markets, and I do like variety and novelty, but come on. These apps are needlessly different. Mozilla mail is nothing like...read full entry...
  • Update of Varian/Lyman "how much information" studyOctober 29, 2003 This study is an attempt to estimate how much new information is created each year. Newly created information is distributed in four storage media - print, film, magnetic, and optical - and seen or heard in four information flows - telephone, radio and TV, and the Internet. This study...read full entry...
  • JSTOR e-archiving initiativeOctober 29, 2003 From the inception of JSTOR, we anticipated the need to preserve the "born-digital" editions of scholarly journals. In order to focus on the special preservation and access challenges that this content raises, we have created a new unit within JSTOR, known as the Electronic-Archiving Initiative, or "E-Archive" more informally....read full entry...
  • COUNTER Code of Practice adopted by Elsevier-ScienceDirectOctober 28, 2003 The use of online information resources is growing exponentially. It is widely agreed by producers and purchasers of information that the use of these resources should be measured in a more consistent way. Librarians want to understand better how the information they buy from a variety of sources is...read full entry...
  • OA-Forum tutorial on OAI-PMHOctober 28, 2003 This tutorial is an introduction to the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). [Open Archives Forum - OAI-PMH Online Tutorial]...read full entry...
  • Call for proposals for UK web archiveOctober 27, 2003A request to tender posted in the Official Journal of the European Community: Total quantity or scope: The UK Web Archiving Consortium of six members (British Library, National Archives, National Library of Wales, JISC, National Library of Scotland and Welcome Trust) requires a single contractor able to: provide the infrastructure...read full entry...
  • Dynix and web servicesOctober 26, 2003We use Web Services with our new Vendor Integration Protocol (VIP), through which acquisitions librarians can check book pricing and availability within a matter of seconds with their book jobber. Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Book Wholesalers, Inc., and Brodart all support the VIP protocol. This is just the tip of...read full entry...
  • Jim Gray on how Microsoft Research operatesOctober 26, 2003Most things that Jim Gray, Microsoft Research, writes are interesting. So I was very interested to come across his observations about Microsoft Research itself. These are in a powerpoint presentation to the Senior Information Technology Officer Summit, 2003. Also worth a look is his paper on distributed computing economics: Computing...read full entry...
  • Mitch Kapor's ChandlerOctober 26, 2003When Ken Klingenstein was here he spoke a bit about Chandler from the Open Source Applications Foundation. A 'marketing' article in MIT's Technology Review:Mitch Kapor's new, more intuitive computer interface puts all the information we need to manage our digital lives at our fingertips, no matter what form it�s in....read full entry...
  • Informal learningOctober 26, 2003 Workers who know more get more accomplished. People who are well connected make greater contributions. The workers who create the most value are those who know the right people, the right stuff and the right things to do. [Informal Learning: A Sound Investment]...read full entry...
  • Wired on Google IPOOctober 25, 2003 The firm, whose austere website redefined the way people search the Internet, is auditioning dozens of banks for an initial public offering, possibly in the first half of 2004, people familiar with the situation told Reuters on Thursday. [Wired News: Google Raring to Go Public]...read full entry...
  • Digital Canterbury Tales at the British LibraryOctober 24, 2003On this site you will find William Caxton's two editions of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, probably printed in 1476 and 1483. The originals are both in the British Library. [Caxton's Chaucer - view the original Canterbury Tales]...read full entry...
  • Jon Udell and blockquoteOctober 24, 2003In response to a comment ... the quoted text I put in entries is formatted by a 'quote' bookmarklet created by Jon Udell.The kinds of interactions I have in mind are as common as dirt. I'm talking about basic routine chores that we perform daily and almost unconsciously. For example,...read full entry...
  • A guide to institutional repository softwareOctober 24, 2003There has been quite a bit of discussion about the Budapest Open Access Initiative Guide to Institutional Repository Software in various places. One question to emerge is whether there is a place for software specialised to the needs of eprints or other classes of material, or whether general digital library...read full entry...
  • Jian Qin and Learning Object VocabularyOctober 24, 2003 The Learning Object Vocabulary (LOV) was generalized from sources in instructional design and technology, learning theories and practices, and conventional library classification and thesauri. This version has the following main categories of learning models, learning objectives, and learning objects. Sources used in creating this ontology include DDC, ERIC Thesaurus,...read full entry...
  • Godfrey Rust and OntologyxOctober 24, 2003Godfrey Rust's company Ontologyx has been acquired by Rightscom, a digital rights management consultancy. At the same time they have announced a partnership to promote their 'ontology' based rights management approach. Godfrey Rust is the main resource behind INDECS.The Ontologyx™ range of products has been developed to enable effective automated...read full entry...
  • Proquest archive of thesesOctober 24, 2003 Preserving a university's dissertations and masters' theses showcases its research and academic history and provides valuable study tools for students and researchers. [ProQuest Information and Learning :: Press Release] The Library of Congress recognizes ProQuest as the only nationally designated digital archive for dissertations. It's the first time the...read full entry...
  • Roy Tennant in Current Cites on delivery of the DC2003 conference proceedingsOctober 23, 2003From all appearances, all of the papers given at the conference are here in Adobe Acrobat format, and presented through an interesting application called "Seamark" from Siderean Software, which also serves as the host for the papers (I can't help wondering if anyone is backing these up somewhere, but maybe...read full entry...
  • Google glossaryOctober 23, 2003 Continuing Google's quest to build everything into the search results, Google Glossary has gone live on the main Google site. Do a search for something like define elephant or define dna and you get back a definition with your search results. Search for define: dna or click "more results"...read full entry...
  • Wired Magazine on Amazon's book indexOctober 23, 2003 An ingenious attempt to illuminate the dark region of books is under way at Amazon.com. Over the past spring and summer, the company created an unrivaled digital archive of more than 120,000 books. The goal is to quickly add most of Amazon's multimillion-title catalog. The entire collection, which went...read full entry...
  • Couple of interesting things at DukeOctober 23, 2003I do not know if these are related. But came across two interesting developments involving open source software at Duke recently ... The first is an e-portfolio project which is working with Dspace as its repository. An electronic portfolio is an organized, purposeful, collection of your personal achievements, course work,...read full entry...
  • Amazon inside MicrosoftOctober 23, 2003 By integrating Amazon Web Services, Amazon.com Research Services for Microsoft Office System will provide Microsoft Office System users with convenient and seamless access to Amazon.com from within Microsoft productivity applications via the Research Task Pane. Users will be able to access Amazon.com information and make purchases without launching a...read full entry...
  • The big readOctober 23, 2003I wonder what sort of correlation there would be between the top titles in BBCi - The Big Read and top titles by holdings in Worldcat? This is the 'top' 100 novels nominated by a BBC audience. Not clear to me how they are ordered....read full entry...
  • Program for managing university information in AustraliaOctober 22, 2003Announced on 22 October: Australias research information will become more easily accessible and better managed thanks to more than $12 million in funding to improve infrastructure. [Peter McGauran MP, Commonwealth Minister for Science - Media Centre] The funded projects are: * Meta Access Management System; * Towards an Australian Partnership...read full entry...
  • I could get used to this ...October 21, 2003 More and more people are turning to robots to do their household chores, such as mowing lawns and vacuuming carpets, according to a survey. [BBC NEWS | Business | Farewell lawn mower... hello robot]...read full entry...
  • Article on changes in scholarly communicationOctober 21, 2003Suzanne E Thorin provides an overview of changes in scholarly communication for a recent ARL conference....read full entry...
  • Recombinant libraries and special collections in ShelfLifeOctober 21, 2003The October 16 issue of ShelfLife refers to my forthcoming article on portals (now on the website):This article explores the design and use of portals in a library environment. It discusses the motivations for building portals, it discusses portal architectures and typology, and it examines the user environment in which...read full entry...
  • Collection level descriptionOctober 21, 2003A coincidence of events has highlighted the issue of collection level description: On his recent visit to OCLC, Juha Hakala spoke about the work of The European Library (TEL) to develop CLDs for National Libraries. Special attention has been paid to digital collections and collection level descriptions. TEL is a...read full entry...
  • Common servicesOctober 20, 2003JISC has issued a call for proposals for studies in digital rights management, authorization, institutional profiling and other services. This is in line with growing interest in "common services" or what JISC calls shared services. The JISC Shared Services Programme: To enable portals and other presentation services to make sense...read full entry...
  • The thematic research collectionOctober 20, 2003John Unsworth writes ... ... I predict that the genre of scholarship that will replace the book will be the thematic research collection. [ARL 228: The Crisis in Scholarly Publishing in the Humanities]...read full entry...
  • Explaining web services to your CEOOctober 20, 2003Web services are self-contained business functions that operate over the Internet. They are written to strict specifications to work together and with other similar kinds of components. Some of the more established functions at this stage are messaging, directories of business capabilities, and descriptions of technical services. But other functions...read full entry...
  • User studiesOctober 20, 2003Brenda Dervin has an article on user studies in the most recent issue of Information Research. Brenda is working with OR on the IMLS grant. In addition, a recent extensive review of the literatures in library and information science, human computer research, and communication as it relates to information seeking...read full entry...
  • Hello ...October 20, 2003This is an experiment. One motivation is to provide a better vehicle for communicating interesting goings on than the OR mailing list. Another is to explore what is involved in maintaining a weblog....read full entry...