January 2004 has 36 entries

  • RecallJanuary 29, 2004Recall from the Internet Archive is pretty interesting on first inspection. An outline is provided on the Help Page. Results are graphed over time. I just tried a few searches. Results were interesting, but I was not sure what was going on some of the time. Need to look at...read full entry...
  • Institutional repositoriesJanuary 29, 2004Some suggestive observations about institutional repositories in the summary of a CNI roundtable discussion. In many ways, discussing "institutional repositories" is misleading, in that the term is too limiting and focuses on a tool rather than the strategic imperative, which is planning for institution-wide digital asset management and developing both...read full entry...
  • In AmericaJanuary 27, 2004On a personal note ... my brother in law, Arthur Lappin, is the producer of the movie In America. Some excitement in the Lappin-Lennon household on the announcement of the 2004 Oscar Nominations....read full entry...
  • Mind the gapJanuary 25, 2004When I had been with OCLC for a few months, I was asked to do a keynote presentation to the biannual JISC/CNI conference. The topic was the difference between US and UK library environments. A topic I was not especially prepared for ;-) I thought I would frame discussion with...read full entry...
  • NYT article on copyrightJanuary 25, 2004Not long ago, the Internet's ability to provide instant, inexpensive and perfect copies of text, sound and images was heralded with the phrase ''information wants to be free.'' Yet the implications of this freedom have frightened some creators -- particularly those in the recording, publishing and movie industries -- who...read full entry...
  • How good is the catalog?January 25, 2004Pretty interesting piece by a member of faculty in the history department at Swarthmore. I quote at length -- follow the link for the full piece.Using our library's catalogue, Tripod, I was both impressed at how generally strong our collection is for a small liberal-arts college (shared with Bryn Mawr...read full entry...
  • New OS asset management system based on FRBRJanuary 24, 2004This is the development wiki of LibDB, an open-sourced Perl/MySQL library and asset management system based on and inspired by the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (pdf), triples from the semantic web, and "the end-user doesn't, and shouldn't, need to know this stuff". In English, this means that you'll be...read full entry...
  • Infomotion's booksJanuary 19, 2004Check out Infomotions' library of books. This is a catalog of Eric Lease Morgan's personal collection. He is taking a book, pulling a record from LC via Z39.50, and indexing it in Swish-e. Each entry has the MARC record associated with it....read full entry...
  • Info URIJanuary 19, 2004Cliff Lynch noted the Info URI press release with these words:While I don't usually repost press releases to this list, I wanted to share the news on this, in part because it represents an important new step in collaboration ACROSS standards organizations, and in part because I think the work...read full entry...
  • XISBN experimental useJanuary 18, 2004XISBN being used in UKOLN's demonstrator OpenURL application. Andy Powell writes:This looks pretty interesting. It uses knowledge of WorldCat and the IFLA Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) model to work up from any given ISBN to the 'work', then back down to other 'expressions'/'manifestations' of the same work. I.e....read full entry...
  • Changing library environmentJanuary 18, 2004I have been looking at some of the presentations of Andrew Pace listed at NCSU Libraries Staff Presentations. Andrew is head of systems at NCSU Libraries and writes and presents frequently. In the light of OCLC discussions about 'unplug and play', I was interested in his presentation on the disintegrated...read full entry...
  • Roy Tennant on bibliographic data and XWCJanuary 15, 2004The point is we need to craft standards, software tools, and systems that can accept, manipulate, store, output, search, and display metadata from a wide variety of bibliographic or related standards. Our systems should be able to accept an ONIX record from a publisher, which contains basic bibliographic fields and...read full entry...
  • Electronic book collections at MichiganJanuary 15, 2004The University of Michigan University Library has unveiled a free online collection of more than 20,000 volumes. The body of materials, named the "Digital General Collection" in homage to the library's original print General Collection, represents the beginning of Michigan's efforts to make available online a comprehensive body of library...read full entry...
  • Garfield on open accessJanuary 14, 2004Since it has been demonstrated that on line access improves both readership and citation impact we can certainly expect that the vast majority of the low impact journals would be well advised to make their journals open access. Whether this increases their impact remains to be seen, but increased readership...read full entry...
  • Bray in DublinJanuary 13, 2004mmm... Tim Bray reporting on a visit to Dublin, Ireland. He doesn't appear to get to the Brazen Head and seems to think that it rains a lot....read full entry...
  • VTLS and FRBRJanuary 12, 2004Another announcement from VTLS .. "We are happy to be able to bring to reality (in the form of a working system) the intellectual work done by the Library of Congress, OCLC, BNF and others in developing the FRBR model," said Dr. Vinod Chachra, CEO of VTLS Inc. "I believe...read full entry...
  • VTLS and OAIJanuary 12, 2004VTLS announces OAI support.Blacksburg, VA - VTLS today announced the release of a new "open source" product called VORTEX. The product is an add-on to VIRTUA systems and is designed to help libraries expose their MARC based records to OAI harvesters used in building specialized databases of information about resources,...read full entry...
  • VTLS and FedoraJanuary 12, 2004Eric drew my attention to a press release noting that VTLS is going to support the open source digital asset management system, Fedora, as part of their product range.Blacksburg, VA - VTLS announced today the debut of a new era in library automation with the company becoming the first major...read full entry...
  • Common solutions groupJanuary 11, 2004A group of universities collaborate on technical challenges within the Common Solutions Group (formerly the Stone Soup Group). What they say they do:The Common Solutions Group (CSG) is a set of leading universities and mid-level networks working together to create a common infrastructure and toolset required for the future of...read full entry...
  • Library organizations .. relationsJanuary 11, 2004During an idle weekend moment ... I took a list of library organizations -- Library of Congress, RLG, OCLC, Urban Libraries Council, CLIR, ARL, ALA, CNI, IMLS -- and did a 'find related' or 'find similar' search on them in Google (they use both related and similar for the same...read full entry...
  • Common Information EnvironmentJanuary 11, 2004One of the major difference between the US and European countries when it comes to library development is the degree of service planning and provision that happens at national level. I occasionally get asked about JISC by OCLC colleagues. This provides networking and data services in support of research and...read full entry...
  • Thom on text retrievalJanuary 09, 2004Thom has a nice piece on text retrieval on ResourceShelf (arranged by Shirley).To misquote William Gibson, "the future of text retrieval is already here, it's just not evenly distributed." High performance searching of large files is benefiting from the continuing exponential drop in computing and storage costs, with clusters of...read full entry...
  • Similar pagesJanuary 09, 2004I always find it interesting to do a google 'find similar' on pages. It can lead you to interesting places, suggest related groups working in your area, or just give you puzzling results. For example, doing a 'find similar' on Diane's Terminology Services page brings you to, among other things,...read full entry...
  • Statement of international cataloguing principlesJanuary 07, 2004Noted the following on Catalogablog. Statement of International Cataloguing Principles produced by the First IFLA Meeting of Experts on an International Cataloguing Code. Other background papers also available. [ddb, IFLA Meeting of Experts on an International Cataloguing Code, papers]...read full entry...
  • Tim Bray and jobsJanuary 06, 2004Tim Bray announces that he is looking for something new to do. He remains associated with Antarctica but would like to work on search in a new environment.But I can be more specific than that. Here's what I'd really like to do: Over the last few months, I�ve written a...read full entry...
  • B&N and Borders do wellJanuary 04, 2004An interesting discussion in today's NYT about future of book trade.Investors have certainly warmed to Barnes & Noble, the largest American bookseller, in part because it has adapted in a difficult environment. The company expanded its proprietary publishing unit in 2003 with an acquisition, is rapidly selling its less lucrative...read full entry...
  • Nice mention of ORJanuary 03, 2004Nice mention of OR in context of general discussion of Librarian's contribution to standards work. OCLC, of course. (Based in Dublin, Ohio, for those not familiar with them ... which is how the Dublin Core got its name.) Take a look at some of the research initiatives they�re involved with,...read full entry...
  • CopyfightJanuary 03, 2004Came across a rather bluntly named blog devoted to IPR issues: Copyfight. The author:Donna Wentworth is a Web Writer/Activist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and an affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, where she was among the first staff members. At EFF,...read full entry...
  • PersistenceJanuary 02, 2004My last two entries include links to the Times Higher Educational Supplement. This is the UK equivalent to the Chronicle of Higher Education in the US. One of the URLs is http://www.thes.co.uk/current_edition/story.aspx?story_id=2008484 so I imagine they will break in due course. I will be interested to see what happens....read full entry...
  • The case of caseJanuary 02, 2004We spent a few days in Cleveland during the holiday period. I was interested to see how 'visible' Case Western Reserve University was, or should I say Case:Case Western Reserve University is taking on a new look. This new identity represents how our progressive university is melding diverse people, entities,...read full entry...
  • UK research fundingJanuary 02, 2004An interesting report has just appeared which profiles research funding in UK higher education. It notes the growing concentration of funding in a smaller number of institutions, the dominance of science funding, and the smaller scale of UK activity when compared to that in US universities. The report is discussed...read full entry...
  • Wireless access on the goJanuary 02, 2004Jon Udell describes his experiences looking for wireless access in his relatives' hometown, and being questioned by the police for sitting in a running car outside a local school.Is it conceivable that a small town might designate a well-known AP for public access, including drive-through use? The public library would...read full entry...
  • SPARC Open Access NewsletterJanuary 02, 2004It is difficult to keep track of the 'open access' discussion. An important source is the SPARC Open Access Newsletter, now edited by Peter Suber. The current issue contains an overview of 2003 developments. Open access in 2003 The many-copy problem and the many-copy solution What's the ullage of your...read full entry...
  • NeotericJanuary 01, 2004The word of the day on dictionary.com is neoteric. The illustrative quote is:Electronic books, they say, are asking them to make a mental transition -- to veer from their ingrained appreciation for the printed books that fill our nation's more than 120,000 public, academic and special interest libraries -- to...read full entry...
  • Research at OSUJanuary 01, 2004I was the guest of Tom Rosol, interim Vice President for Research at OSU, at the OSU-Purdue game last year. I was interested to read his summary of research support activities at OSU for this year, presented to the OSU Board of Trustees. OSU accounts for 40% of university R&D...read full entry...
  • Sir TimJanuary 01, 2004As has been widely reported, Tim Berners Lee has accepted a knighthood. Buckingham Palace said this week that Berners-Lee, 48, a British citizen who lives in the United States, got the honor because of his "services to the global development of the Internet." [Queen to Knight Early Web Innovator]...read full entry...