November 2003 has 46 entries

  • Google in FortuneNovember 30, 2003More Google IPO speculation. One point of special interest: the article discusses how AOL, among others, is worried that Google not only provides search (complementary to AOL services) but also aims to be a destination portal (competitive with AOL services). Aversion to bureaucracy is turning out to be better in...read full entry...
  • Where the money is goingNovember 28, 2003Academic libraries are funded to support the research and learning activities of their home institutions. As research and learning behaviors change so must they. A major issue for academic libraries in coming years is the increasing discrepancy between the needs of their faculty in science, technology and medicine and their...read full entry...
  • CCC enables links with sfx and xaneduNovember 28, 2003Through Copyright Clearance Center's Copyright Integration Services, Ex Libris, a leading supplier of software solutions for libraries and information centers, and XanEdu, a publisher of online and offline course materials for the higher education market, now provide a convenient way for their application users to lawfully reuse copyright protected materials....read full entry...
  • Metasearch meetingNovember 27, 2003Several of the attendees from the October 30 NISO metasearch workshop gathered later that evening to discuss protocol requirements for metasearch. The meeting was initiated on behalf of the SRW implementors who are trying to understand the protocol requirements for metasearch. [The SRW implementors are trying to understand the IR...read full entry...
  • The deadlineNovember 25, 2003Amazon.com: Books: The Deadline: A Novel About Project Management. Yes, I'll say that again, a novel about project management. Some of you of course will be familiar with DeMarco ......read full entry...
  • SAKAI - significant open source initiativeNovember 25, 2003The University of Michigan, Indiana University, MIT, Stanford, and the uPortal consortium are joining forces to integrate and synchronize their considerable educational software into a pre-integrated collection of open source tools. This will yield three big wins for sustainable economics and innovation in higher education: 1) A framework that builds...read full entry...
  • Office spaceNovember 23, 2003Saw a ref to this Mercury News story on Slashdot. At Cisco, employees without offices can use computers set up in comfy lounges and conference rooms. It's a similar story at Sun, where legions of nomadic workers use their building access badges to log onto shared computers. [Mercury News |...read full entry...
  • Which Fedora?November 21, 2003Apparently RedHat has trademarked 'Fedora'. See Fedora Project, sponsored by Red Hat. Cornell and University of Virginia, developers of the Fedora digital library software, are not too happy with this. An excerpt from their press release: The Cornell and Virginia teams have taken a number of steps to try to...read full entry...
  • Dolorous GormanNovember 21, 2003Students graduate from the successors to library schools without a basic education in the core skills that define an effective librarian - reference work, cataloguing, library instruction, collection development, etc. - and without a grounding in the basic values of our profession - service, intellectual freedom, stewardship, literacy, etc. This...read full entry...
  • Wils reviewNovember 20, 2003Tom Zillner has written a review of Lorcan Dempsey's The Recombinant Library: Portals and People (28 pp.). See Tom's review (three-page PDF). [WiLS News]...read full entry...
  • Book BrotherNovember 20, 2003Vote to evict a book at Book Brother. Part of a bigger initiative to encourage reading among young people, 4ureaders.net....read full entry...
  • Another CIPNovember 19, 2003Several colleagues met with Norbert Lossau of Bielefeld University this morning. Norbert is on a tour of US universities and Jay arranged for him to visit OCLC. Bielefeld is working with FAST -- the text search company -- to create library gateway services. One of the interesting things they are...read full entry...
  • u-PortalNovember 19, 2003I argued a while ago that libraries' integration challenge was not so much to integrate information resources with each other as it was to integrate them with emerging user environments. Examples I gave were the campus portal and the learning management system. I have just got an email from a...read full entry...
  • Open source vs buyNovember 19, 2003Interesting article by the CIO of UW Madison. They like to buy, but uncertainty in the vendor space is prompting them to look at open source again despite the maintenance gaps.So why, given the challenges of maintenance and support, did I opt in to a collaborative open-source project last July?...read full entry...
  • Clusters figure highly in top supercomputer listNovember 19, 2003While the overall rate of performance growth of the top 500 systems is steady, distributed clusters of generally off-the-shelf microprocessors are taking larger shares of these high-end systems. Indeed, seven of the top 10 systems are now clusters. The exceptions are NEC Corp.'s Earth Simulator, by far the most powerful...read full entry...
  • D-Lib MagazineNovember 18, 2003A new issue of D-Lib Magazine has several interesting articles. The article on LEAF mentions VIAF, and the article on preservation and Fedora references Brian's work on economics of digital preservation....read full entry...
  • DIDL, METS et alNovember 18, 2003When Herbert was here some time ago, he was wondering about METS. Interesting discussion in current D-LIB Magazine about using MPEG 21 constructs for content packaging.Various XML-based approaches aimed at representing complex digital objects have emerged over the last several years. Approaches that are of specific relevance to the Digital...read full entry...
  • Text retrieval primer from OracleNovember 18, 2003Introductory overview to information retrieval evaluation from Oracle. Interesting to see discussion of precision, recall, TREC conferences, etc, in this context. Text retrieval engines, popularly known as search engines, return a list of documents (the hitlist) for a query. Typically there are some good documents in the list and some...read full entry...
  • OSU vs MichiganNovember 18, 2003OSU and Michigan libraries have combined to create a website which looks at the history of their football encounters:The idea to create a web site about the history of the OSU/UM rivalry began with a suggestion by Fred G. Ruffner, Jr. Ruffner, a 1950 Ohio State graduate who lives in...read full entry...
  • FacetsNovember 16, 2003Ed organised a discussion with Endeca last week, given shared interest in faceted classification. In that context was interested to come across this website:Given the significant difficulties in categorizing books, papers, and articles using traditional library classification techniques, it would seem next to impossible for humans to classify the small...read full entry...
  • Google and pizzaNovember 16, 2003Want to know where to get a pizza near where the Dempsey-Lennon family lives in Columbus? Try: Google Search: pizza 43214 Library works quite nicely. So does some other stuff. Not everything though....read full entry...
  • World's fastest computersNovember 16, 2003This list came up in discussion with OSU computer science faculty during the week.The TOP500 project was started in 1993 to provide a reliable basis for tracking and detecting trends in high-performance computing. Twice a year, a list of the sites operating the 500 most powerful computer systems is assembled...read full entry...
  • Internal digital library blogsNovember 15, 2003Interesting to see a couple (there are probably lots more) of digital library blogs maintained by staff at university libraries, presumably for internal communication. There is diglet, Digital Letters of the UCSD Digital Library Planning Working Group (DLPWG). And at Princeton, there is inSilico....read full entry...
  • Thesauri and RDFNovember 14, 2003Work is ongoing to develop RDF vocabularies for describing thesaurus data. We would like to be able to encode monolingual and multilingual thesauri, and cope with the variations in semantics and structure between different thesauri. [SWAD-Europe Thesaurus Activity]This activity is part of the SWAD-E project funded by the European Community....read full entry...
  • Library lookup and XISBNNovember 14, 2003Nice note on Jon Udell's blog about XISBN:It actually sort of works, which says a lot for the flexibility of Web and XML technologies. But the big news here is OCLC's decision to expose its grouping algorithm as a public XML Web service. I hope this signals the beginning of...read full entry...
  • Course classification and the organisation of information resourcesNovember 13, 2003I came across CIP (Classification of Instructional Programs) last year. The CIP is a taxonomic coding scheme that contains titles and descriptions of primarily postsecondary instructional programs. It was developed to facilitate NCES' collection and reporting of postsecondary degree completions by major field of study using standard classifications that capture...read full entry...
  • Pete Johnston's report of DC2003November 13, 2003My own experience of DC-2003 probably emphasised the 'workshop' elements more than the 'conference' aspects, and I had a firm sense that activities in Seattle were part of an ongoing process that had existed before the conference and would continue afterwards. There was also a clear sense that Dublin Core...read full entry...
  • CIP stands for a lot of thingsNovember 13, 2003 Definitions of CIP on the Web [Google Search: define: cip]More about CIP (Classification of Instructional Programs) later....read full entry...
  • Article on preservation metadataNovember 13, 2003The other chapters in this volume demonstrate the wide range of roles that metadata can serve. Since the mid-1990s, however, there has been a growing awareness of the part that metadata can play in supporting the long-term preservation of digital objects (e.g., Day, 2001). Preservation is integral to some definitions...read full entry...
  • Cornell cancelling several hundred Elsevier journals for 2004November 12, 2003An interesting development here. I wonder whether this will encourage others. We are therefore planning to cancel several hundred Elsevier journals for 2004. The decisions on cancellations will be made on the basis of faculty input, as well as several years of statistical information on individual journal use. As will...read full entry...
  • The identity of thingsNovember 11, 2003Robert Kahn, widely recognized as a "father of the internet" for his role in developing DARPA's Internet Program and as co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocol, received the Digital ID World 2003 award from Esther Dyson for his work and participation in the development of the Digital Object Architecture (www.handle.net). The...read full entry...
  • Report on terminology servicesNovember 11, 2003The HILT Phase II Final Report: Pre Evaluation Version is now available, though not linked in (received via Diane). It is mounted as an HTML TOC pointing to individual MS Word files. HILT is a JISC project investigating terminology services. Particularly interesting is Appendix J, written by Rachel Heery, which...read full entry...
  • Unplug and playNovember 11, 2003I think this is a very nice phrase to describe some of what is happening as we look at service oriented approaches.Implementing an SOA leads to agile application assembly, which is a new approach to application development, maintenance and integration that I like to call 'Unplug and play': "... achieved...read full entry...
  • BL Press Release on DCMINovember 10, 2003Interesting to see that the British Library has put out a press release about a BL staff member chairing the DCMI Libraries Working Group.Robina Clayphan, Metadata Development Analyst at the British Library, has been appointed to chair the Libraries Working Group of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI). The Group...read full entry...
  • Shirky on the semantic webNovember 10, 2003There is a list of technologies that are actually political philosophy masquerading as code, a list that includes Xanadu, Freenet, and now the Semantic Web. The Semantic Web's philosophical argument -- the world should make more sense than it does -- is hard to argue with. The Semantic Web, with...read full entry...
  • Digicult reportsNovember 10, 2003Several interesting reports on the Digicult pages. Most recently, Learning Objects from Cultural and Scientific Heritage Resources....read full entry...
  • Union catalog of art imagesNovember 10, 2003A Mellon-funded project at UC San Diego to create a union catalog of art images. The intention is to explore its use for shared cataloging. I wonder how many images are held by multiple institutions? This phase is focused on the development of an underlying union database and the technical...read full entry...
  • IBM Ontology Management SystemNovember 10, 2003IBM Ontology Management System (also known as SNOBASE, for Semantic Network Ontology Base) is a framework for loading ontologies from files and via the Internet and for locally creating, modifying, querying, and storing ontologies....IBM Ontology Management System provides a mechanism for querying ontologies and an easy-to-use programming interface for interacting...read full entry...
  • Digital archiving facility at Florida Center for Library Automation November 10, 2003The Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA) is developing a central digital archiving facility for the libraries of the public universities of Florida. The FCLA Digital Archive will accept submission packages from participating partners, ingest digital documents along with the appropriate metadata, and safely store on-site and off-site copies of...read full entry...
  • Library calendarNovember 10, 2003 The Renaissance Library Calendar 2004 12 colour photographs of beautiful old libraries, from 527AD to 1932, with brief history and description of items of special interest Click here for further information [Gifts for librarians and book lovers, the lovely Renaissance Library Collection]...read full entry...
  • Downhill after 40November 10, 2003Kasparov has been asked to enter politics - Russia's answer to Arnold Schwarzenegger - but is undecided. Soon he may have time for it. Surely, at 40, his chess mind is in decline? "Absolutely! You can't throw energy of nuclear size into the game. Obviously you're losing concentration with age....read full entry...
  • Windows Rights Management ServiceNovember 02, 2003Not much detail at:Microsoft is finally set to launch officially its Windows Rights Management Service (RMS) next Tuesday at the RSA Europe show. The Redmondiands had been hoping to launchearlier in October, so as to be ready by the time Office 2003 rolled out, but an alleged last-minute bug nixed...read full entry...
  • Web design and usability guidelinesNovember 02, 2003A resource from the National Cancer Institute:Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines The "Strength of the Evidence" scale provides designers and developers with an indication of how seriously they should consider each guideline. A five-point scale is used to denote the "strength of the evidence" related to each guideline. The...read full entry...
  • Adopting open sourceNovember 02, 2003Open source is an easy choice for the Early Adopter customer: low cost, time to market, and extensibility offer significant business advantage. It's not such an easy choice for Pragmatists, however, as a single provider will never deliver the Whole Product. For Pragmatists to reap the benefits of open source,...read full entry...
  • BlogsNovember 02, 2003There was some discussion about blogs at the all staff meeting the other day. I have little sense of what penetration Catalogablog has, or how widely read Jon Udell's weblog is, or who looks at Dave Beckett's JournalBlog. I do know that they are all valuable, well-informed resources. They are...read full entry...
  • Udi Manber and A9November 01, 2003There does not seem to be much available on the web about Amazon's new search technology company, A9. Nevertheless, the online retailer recently placed Manber at the helm of A9, a separately branded company based in Palo Alto, Calif. He's charged with hiring and building the "best e-commerce search technology"...read full entry...