April 2004 has 22 entries

  • Mooter search engineApril 30, 2004Mooter's graphic display does not do much for me....read full entry...
  • Libraries and LearningApril 25, 2004Bob Martin has been emphasizing the role of libraries and museums in support of learning. I now notice that the Institute of Museum and Library Services tagline includes the phrase "dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of learners". That the end of libraries is learning has been a constant...read full entry...
  • House of Commons librarianApril 23, 2004Quite a bit of discussion in the UK at the moment about the recently advertized post of Librarian for the House of Commons (one of the two houses of parliament). Very high salary for a UK Librarian. Cause for discussion is that the librarian is paid more than a Member...read full entry...
  • Common information environmentApril 22, 2004Report in the The Guardian about a somewhat aspirational UK initiative working to create stronger interoperability between information services across health, cultural sector, education, etc. Reading it, it occurs to me that we are seeing two responses to the Amazoogle factor: in one there is an emphasis on aggregation through...read full entry...
  • NYT on Gates and public librariesApril 22, 2004The NYT is carrying an article on the impact of the Gates Foundation on public libraries through grants for technology adoption. Technology > Circuits > Libraries Wired, and Reborn">"Books are never going away, but the future of libraries is much more as community centers," Mrs. LeBoeuf observed. "I worked here...read full entry...
  • OAI and ApacheApril 21, 2004The aim of the project is to create the mod_oai Apache software module that will expose content accessible from Apache Web servers via the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). The mod_oai project is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. [mod_oai]...read full entry...
  • SRW interface to RDNApril 18, 2004The RDN provides a public SRW (SOAP) search interface to the RDN ResourceFinder. The RDN SRW interface conforms to SRW version 1.1. [Working with the RDN] If you want to search for 'banana' ;-):Note that it also supports simple DC and IMS views of the records. For those who like...read full entry...
  • Elsevier CEO on open accessApril 18, 2004Reed-Elsevier argues value of existing publishing model. The use of scientific information is spreading as technology allows more researchers to access more information more frequently. Since 1999, the number of articles downloaded via Elsevier's electronic portal ScienceDirect has doubled each year, reaching 175 million downloaded articles in 2003 as its...read full entry...
  • Lay indexing and GoogleApril 14, 2004Interesting article about Google. The Google algorithm assumes mythical proportions.The culture of lay indexing has been created by the aggregation strategy employed by Web search engines such as Google. Meaning is constructed in this culture by harvesting semantic content from Web pages and using hyperlinks as a plebiscite for the...read full entry...
  • First Monday article on OSSApril 12, 2004However, Open Source technology continues to remain foreign to the large majority of computer users. In order to accommodate these users, I believe that the five issues I mentioned must be seriously addressed and actively resolved. Due to the increases in Open Source usage, these changes should take place as...read full entry...
  • Cringeley on Sun/Microsoft dealApril 12, 2004McNealy should have watched "Godfather 3" -- "Never hate your enemies, it clouds your judgement." [PBS | I, Cringely . Archived Column]...read full entry...
  • DDC in new Seattle Public LibraryApril 12, 2004DDC has a role in new landmark Seattle public library building: Travel > What's Doing: In Seattle">Even with its unusual shape, the standout feature of the library, at 1000 Fourth Avenue, (206) 386-4100, www.spl.org, may well be the Books Spiral, a gentle ramp that winds through four floors spanning the...read full entry...
  • Kinja - a weblog serviceApril 12, 2004Kinja is interesting in that they are trying to sell services to users who wish to track blogs without needing to know about RSS etc. Kinja is a weblog portal, collecting news and commentary from some of the best sites on the web. Visitors can browse items on topics, everything...read full entry...
  • Tip House on extreme programmingApril 12, 2004Tip House has a website on extreme programming:This site is dedicated to all those involved in testing on XP projects, particularly acceptance and functional testing. [xptester.org home page]and a book:This practical tutorial for software builders demonstrates how testing is central to the extreme programming (XP) approach and explains what testing...read full entry...
  • Amazon web services revenueApril 09, 2004An article on the use of web services in enterprise integration has the following interesting snippet about Amazon:An example of the business value of Web services is Amazon.com. Amazon.com is using Web services to make its system capabilities available to others who in turn use Amazon to sell products to...read full entry...
  • Google papersApril 05, 2004Below is a partial list of papers written by people now at Google, showing the range of backgrounds of people in Google Engineering. [labs.google.com - Papers by Googlers] Spotted in the blog entrynoted by Thom....read full entry...
  • Vendor integration - libraries and learningApril 04, 2004A major recent issue for libraries has been the relationship of library services to emerging instructional technology environments. Increasingly, on many campuses, the course management system facilitates the relationship between learners and between learner and teacher. Interestingly, there is now a systems vendor who povides integrating solutions between the worlds...read full entry...
  • A science commonsApril 04, 2004Concerned about the potential effect of recent policy on the conduct of science, the Creative Commons initiative is looking to explore a Science Commons:The sciences depend on access to and use of factual data. Powered by developments in electronic storage and computational capability, scientific inquiry is becoming more data-intensive in...read full entry...
  • Blogs from librariesApril 03, 2004libraries doing good things with blogs [blogwithoutalibrary.net]...read full entry...
  • agog with googleApril 03, 2004I spoke at the State Librarians' Meeting at OCLC last week. Myself and Phyllis Spies participated in a session with the Board of the Michigan Library Consortium this week where we were asked to discuss general information trends, the OCLC environmental scan, and OCLC directions. In each case, much of...read full entry...
  • email service from GoogleApril 01, 2004"If a Google user has a problem with email, well, so do we," said Google co-founder and president of technology, Sergey Brin. "And while developing Gmail was a bit more complicated than we anticipated, we're pleased to be able to offer it to the user who asked for it." [Google...read full entry...
  • Knots on MELApril 01, 2004Peter Suber will be familiar to people as the Open Access advocate. He is a philosopher. He also has an interest in knot tying. I am going to Lansing for a meeting with the Michigan Library Consortium later today, and I am doing some preparation. I was looking at their...read full entry...