March 2004 has 22 entries

  • YakpacMarch 31, 2004Yakpak is a children't user interface for OPAC data. It sits on top of a Z39.50 client. Produced by IndexData it is worth a look. It will be launched at ALA in Orlando....read full entry...
  • IndexDataMarch 31, 2004Some colleagues will be familiar with IndexData the small Danish company set up by Sebastian Hammer which provides the open source Yaz 339.50 toolkit which is widely used. Sebastian Hammer is moving to the US shortly, and David Dorman is now promoting IndexData products in the US. They have an...read full entry...
  • OR on eBayMarch 29, 2004OR makes it to eBay discussion forums (Bookmarklets and FictionFinder): eBay US - Tools for Avid Readers....read full entry...
  • Irritable desk syndromeMarch 29, 2004Researchers at NEC-Mitsubishi say the nation's office workers are being hit by "Irritable Desk Syndrome". [BBC NEWS | Health | Cluttered desks make workers ill]...read full entry...
  • University rankingsMarch 28, 2004Shanghai Jiao Tong University Institute of Higher Education provides its Academic Ranking of World Universities based on nobel prize winners, citation studies and other publication counts. I am not sure how used or useful the list is, although it is interesting in that it is international. Such lists tend to...read full entry...
  • Tennant on xISBNMarch 26, 2004Belatedly, it is worth noting Roy's remarks about xISBN in his recent LJ column:Useful on its own, it can be combined with the bookmarklet concept to become part of a compelling library service. Imagine a library user querying a catalog while viewing a book on Amazon and finding any version...read full entry...
  • Tabor in the libraryMarch 26, 2004I always like seeing comments like the one below where the library has played some role in personal development or fulfilment. Long, long ago, almost 40 years ago in fact, I borrowed a record from my school library. It was called The Jupiter Book of Ballads, and the most important...read full entry...
  • Phil Agre and semantic webMarch 25, 2004Phil Agre has a background in AI and has moved into more social/political studies of the co-evolution of technologies and social patterns. He teaches in the information science school at UCLA. His course notes on the Semantic Web provide some introductory remarks and a collection of readings, most of which...read full entry...
  • Terminology servicesMarch 25, 2004I gave the opening presentation recently at the JISC Terminology Services Workshop. This event aimed to provide input as JISC considers whether to provide some national terminology services within the context of its Information Environment initiative. People were assembled from different backgrounds, but broadly one could identify those within a...read full entry...
  • A polarized nationMarch 13, 2004Jon Udell notes interesting piece in NYT:Polarized Nation: A study of purchase patterns of political books reveals that buyers of liberal books (blue) tend to buy only other liberal books, while buyers of conservative books (red) usually buy only other conservative books. Nonpartisan titles are gray. [The New York Times...read full entry...
  • OR OAI activity noted in Library Hi Tech News articleMarch 10, 2004Article by Gerry McKiernan on OAI service providers appears in Library Hi-Tech News Number 1 2004. [pdf]. Includes discussion of OR involvement in E-prints UK and NDLTD Union Catalog....read full entry...
  • Bielefeld proceedingsMarch 10, 2004The 7th International Bielefeld Conference: Proceedings have just been announced. Jay highlights the work of OR in his presentation. Roswitha Poll has an overview of a survey of users with some interesting results; the powerpoint gets in the way a little on this one. I thought that Hans Geleijnse's concluding...read full entry...
  • Inside California Digital LibraryMarch 10, 2004The California Digital Library has a web page [Inside CDL] linking to its working documents. This provides an interesting insight into the shared collection development and technical issues facing a large group of research libraries working to build future infrastructure. Check out its project page for example:In partnership with the...read full entry...
  • OscarsMarch 09, 2004Well, sorrow in the Lappin household: In America did not get an Oscar. Lost in Translation got the screenplay Oscar. I saw this on the flight to Australia, appropriately, and again on DVD. I liked the way it showed the dislocating effect of jet lag, and the glancing, uncomprehending sense...read full entry...
  • Trip report ACOC FRBR WorkshopMarch 09, 2004When in Australia I presented [big ppt - 11.7MB] at an Australian Committee On Cataloging workshop, Revolution or Evolution? The Impact of FRBR. Barbara Tillett gave a FRBR overview. Marie-Louise Ayres spoke about AustLit, a resource on Australian literature created from the start based on the FRBR model. It is...read full entry...
  • Trip report VALA conference MelbourneMarch 08, 2004I presented the closing keynote [ppt] at the recent VALA conference in Melbourne Australia [VALA2004 Conference Programme and Links to Papers]. (Added 13 March: just came across a trip report for the VALA conference by Steve Thomas, University of Adelaide.) Here are some brief notes about the meeting ......read full entry...
  • Yahoo! and library and digital library contentMarch 07, 2004A Yahoo! press release [Yahoo! Search Launches New Content Acquisition Program, Providing More Relevant, Comprehensive Online Content For Users] announces relationships with Library of Congress, New York Public Library, National Science Digital Library, NPR, Wikipedia, and Project Gutenberg, among others. It will be interesting to see what happens this trend...read full entry...
  • Loosely coupled on Amazon and RSSMarch 07, 2004The Amazon RSS feed has been noted widely. Here is the Loosely Coupled story:The other thing that's interesting is that this is the first mainstream example of a retailer using RSS to disseminate its product catalog. Every item in those feeds carries a price, with a direct link to a...read full entry...
  • Bray on YahooMarch 04, 2004Tim Bray translates Yahoo marketingspeak:Via the invaluable John Battelle, a pointer to this Search Engine Watch piece on the advent of Paid Search over at Yahoo. It contains some remarkable examples of marketingese, and I thought it would be helpful to provide a translation. [ongoing � Yahoo Paid Search, Translated]...read full entry...
  • Who makes metadata?March 03, 2004A couple of things I read recently about metadata and its creators. One of the people I interviewed for the scan described OCLC as a "social organization for ensuring consistency of cataloging". I am reminded of this when I come across discussion of emerging metadata creation models, in particular where...read full entry...
  • Research data and librariesMarch 03, 2004Tony Hey is interesting. A distinguished physicist and computer scientist, he is currently on secondment to run a major UK e-science initiative, putting many millions of pounds into grid computing, data management and other large-scale infrastructure for science. In a recent interview he expresses impatience with libraries who, he reckons,...read full entry...
  • The BBC on OhioMarch 02, 2004Culturally, Ohio has a large sample of Americans within its borders, largely because of the state's settlement by New Englanders to the north and Virginians to the south. [BBC NEWS | World | Americas | State profile: Ohio]...read full entry...