December 2003 has 23 entries

  • Study on business use of emailDecember 27, 2003Almost one-third of businesses that responded to an internet survey run by The University of Nottingham Institute for Enterprise and Innovation spend up to an hour each day clearing e-mails they have received. [Press Releases - Public Affairs Office - The University of Nottingham]...read full entry...
  • ResearchBuzz on Google PrintDecember 26, 2003When I think of Amazon I think of retail. It's sensible that they arranged their "Search Inside the Book" feature with contemporary publishers and volumes. When I think of Google I think of search. It doesn't make sense to me that they're bypassing the huge number of valuable, institutionally-created, full-text...read full entry...
  • OeBFDecember 23, 2003Slashdot contributor critical of the Open eBook Forum approach: Slashdot | Open eBook Forum Courts Controversy Over Formats. He claims it is too much in thrall to the interests of its primary sponsors....read full entry...
  • Amazon web servicesDecember 23, 2003Interesting report on Amazon web services. Some points: they make REST and SOAP interfaces available. REST is much the more popular (85% of calls). a major driver was the need to provide better data access to partners. Existing apporaches were "expensive and brittle". key was the idea of having a...read full entry...
  • Google printDecember 23, 2003Barbara Quint discusses the recent Google Print initiative in Information Today. She notes teething troubles with the exposure of OCLC records in Google and wondes about a 'library tab' within Google.One alternative would be to put such records into a sub-domain, adding another tab to the spare Google home page....read full entry...
  • AlertboxDecember 22, 2003I typically find myself nodding in agreement when reading Jakob Nielsen's alertbox. Of course, others may have a different response! Here are his top ten web design mistakes of 2003. Sites are getting better at using minimalist design, maintaining archives, and offering comprehensive services. However, these advances entail their own...read full entry...
  • Oxford scholarship onlineDecember 22, 2003Couple of interesting things about this announcement from ingenta and Oxford University Press. They are taking 700 books online, with plans to add a further 200 per year. Equations are marked up in MathML, and the search service is built on top of Lucene. Ingenta�s team of developers and designers,...read full entry...
  • RootsDecember 21, 2003Announcing the availability of the resource below, The National Library of Ireland claims that genealogy is the most popular hobby in the US, and also that there are 40M people who claim Irish descent in the US. Certainly, serving this constituency is an important activity and revenue stream for the...read full entry...
  • Tim Bray and searchDecember 19, 2003Many of you will have seen this, but interesting to note the series.This series of essays on the construction, deployment and use of search technology (by which I mean primarily "full-text" search) was written between June and December of 2003. It has fifteen instalments not including this table of contents....read full entry...
  • TEL, SRU and CLDDecember 19, 2003The TEL project reports one of its main outcomes to be a "flexible systems architecture based on the SRU protocol". They have also produced an interim report on metadata issues. One of the interesting things about TEL is their support for the idea of collection level description (CLD) as a...read full entry...
  • Metadata and institutional repositoriesDecember 18, 2003Some interesting presentations at the 2003-2004 RLG Members' Forum. Discussion of Cornell and Indiana repository and digital library issues. Examples of the growing interest in rationalising repository initiatives within overall institutional perspective....read full entry...
  • Shibboleth and library portalsDecember 18, 2003Shibboleth is a federated system of authentication and authorization that can address many of these issues. When institutions and vendors join together in a Shibboleth federation, the library gateway no longer needs to mediate the authentication interaction between library users and resources, and it can use attributes available through Shibboleth...read full entry...
  • Metadata and metadataDecember 16, 2003Interesting, and I think accurate, observation by Stuart Sutton in his review of Cilla Caplan's new book on metadata for librarians.While we frequently hear the naive remark (not infrequently from people who should know better) that libraries have been all about metadata from their beginnings and that librarians have a...read full entry...
  • OAI service providersDecember 13, 2003A new report from the DLF looks at OAI harvesting activities: A Survey of Digital Aggregation Services. Martha Brogan. OCLC Research activities are covered....read full entry...
  • Current awarenessDecember 11, 2003Two further current awareness resources, not in the form of Blogs but which might benefit from being so. Paula Kaufman, University Librarian at UIUC, has a current awareness webpage on scholarly communication issues. Caul, the Council of Australian University Libraries, has a similar page - What's New!...read full entry...
  • Economic value of the British LibraryDecember 10, 2003Interesting results from an investigation commissioned by the British Library trying to put a value on the benefit to the UK the library delivers. I saw a news report about a study that was carried out in Boston a while ago where (nine, I think) Universities reported that the economic...read full entry...
  • Cluetrain manifestoDecember 08, 2003The library community is highly networked. Particular segments of the library community are more strongly networked. They talk a lot, go to conferences, read the same publications, email, and so on. I wonder are the theses of the Cluetrain Manifesto more applicable to such a community than to some others?...read full entry...
  • David Weinberger on metadataDecember 08, 2003Author of Small pieces loosely joined and co-author of the Cluetrain manifesto on metadata. But that means that metadata, an abstraction of an abstraction, is directly and intimately tied to human projects and human desire. And what's desire? Nothing but the way we're pulled into the world, over and over,...read full entry...
  • Microsoft and CRMDecember 07, 2003Microsoft will launch a global assault on the Customer Relationship Management market on Monday with the release of multi-language software aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). [FT.com Home US]...read full entry...
  • Web services and DialogDecember 05, 2003"The information industry is changing, and we are at the forefront of the transformation," said Roy M. Martin, Jr., Dialog president and CEO. "Today, the imperative is to offer the tools necessary to integrate information into in-house networks and professional and consumer services on the open Web. We must reach...read full entry...
  • Research report - digital preservationDecember 04, 2003The Library of Congress and NSF sponsored a workshop on digital preservation last year, which Brian attended. A report of the workshop has appeared on the NDIIPP website.The Library of Congress and the National Science Foundation hosted a workshop to identify specific research challenges associated with long-term preservation of digital...read full entry...
  • Authorities and archivesDecember 04, 2003I was in Yale for a couple of days this week where there was a little discussion about EAC (encoded archival context):For some time, archivists have been discussing the need for a standard structure for the recording and exchange of information about the creators of archival materials. Following up on...read full entry...
  • ECDLDecember 03, 2003I am doing the opening keynote at ECDL 2004. Although I have been a (somewhat inactive) member of the program committee for previous JCDL and ECDL conferences I have never actually attended one. My sense of looking at the proceedings is that there is little that is cumulative or which...read full entry...