May 2004 has 27 entries

  • Recombinant metadataMay 29, 2004A very interesting article on metadata aggregation, Improving Metadata Quality: Augmentation and Recombination, based on NSDL experiences has appeared. Digital libraries have, in the main, adopted the traditional library notion of the metadata "record" as the basic unit of management and exchange. Although this simplifies the harvest and re-exposure of...read full entry...
  • CS course on semantic webMay 29, 2004Interesting to see what a course, CS646, on the Semantic Web looks like. One of the exam questions looks at developing a (simple) ontology for a library. Not immediately clear what level this is at....read full entry...
  • eBay platformMay 27, 2004Google, Amazon and eBay are increasingly becoming large scale computational platforms available to other applications through web services. See recent announement from eBay. At this week's Microsoft Conference, eBay and Borland Software Corporation (Nasdaq: NM: BORL) announced a new relationship that will provide Borland developers with access to tools and...read full entry...
  • Mark Butler on semantic webMay 26, 2004Mark Butler {HP Labs : People Pages : Dr Mark H Butler) is a researcher at HP Labs working with Simile and Dspace at MIT. He has some interesting pieces about the semantic web which query the utility of RDF. See for example Is the semantic web hype? [pdf]....read full entry...
  • Expense reports on the webMay 23, 2004Library and Archives Canada employees' expense reports are available for inspection on the web. On December 12, 2003, the Prime Minister announced a new policy on the mandatory publication of travel and hospitality expenses for selected government officials. [Travel and Hospitality Expenses Reports - Library and Archives Canada]...read full entry...
  • NISO metadata workshopMay 23, 2004Powerpoint proceedings from Metadata Practices on the Cutting Edge - National Information Standards Organization (NISO) now available....read full entry...
  • Holdings mapMay 23, 2004Check out the world map showing holdings....read full entry...
  • Coyle on rights expression languagesMay 23, 2004Karen Coyle's report on Rights Expression Languages, commissioned by the Library of Congress, is available linked from their Standards (The Library of Congress) page....read full entry...
  • Berners Lee on semantic webMay 22, 2004"People ask," he said, "so what's the Semantic Web killer app going to be? That's not the right question." The real proof of the Semantic Web, he said, is when new connections are made, and new links between information emerge. [XML.com: Berners-Lee Keeps WWW2004 Focused on Semantic Web [May. 20,...read full entry...
  • Nature web focus on scholarly publishingMay 22, 2004A collection of articles on open access to scholarly literature: Nature web focus: Access to the literature: the debate continues....read full entry...
  • Who reads blogsMay 21, 2004Survey results show characteristics of blog readership.This survey shows that blog readers are older and more affluent than most optimistic guestimates: 61% of blog readers responding to the survey are over 30, and 75% make more than $45,000 a year. [Blogads: reader survey for blog advertising.]...read full entry...
  • Guidelines for use of identifiers in DC and LOM metadataMay 16, 2004This document provides guidelines for encoding a number of commonly used identifiers in Dublin Core (DC) metadata [DCMI] and IEEE Learning Object Metadata (LOM) [LOM] records. [Guidelines for encoding identifiers in Dublin Core and IEEE LOM metadata]...read full entry...
  • Campus IT issuesMay 15, 2004The top IT issues for universities are listed in an article in the current EDUCAUSE REVIEW | May/June 2004, Volume 39, Number 3. Not many surprises. Finance a major issue:Accelerating demands for IT services and rising costs for IT infrastructure renewal and support, coupled with institutional budget cuts at many...read full entry...
  • Google apologizes for result caused by rankingMay 15, 2004Aaron Swartz notes interesting Google action:Google has "bought" an ad for the search term Jew that goes on top of the first result so they can apologize for their first result! [Jew Watch Watch (Google Weblog)]...read full entry...
  • Official Google blogMay 11, 2004Get the latest word direct from the Googleplex about new technology, hot issues, and the wide world of search. [Google Blog]...read full entry...
  • Public higher educationMay 11, 2004Transcript of Second HEPI Annual lecture: the destruction of public higher education in America and how the UK can avoid the same fate by Robert Reich, Clinton's Secretary of Labor, is now available. Let me just assure you that first of all I have spent half of my adult life...read full entry...
  • Who owns the dataMay 09, 2004An interesting set of blog entries discuss the centralised massive presence of Google in the loosely coupled web world. Is control of computing power or data more important? Not quite either, says Phil Wainewright: Once this happens, it'll matter less and less where the computing physically takes place, since computation...read full entry...
  • Hal Varian on IT as a commodityMay 09, 2004Hal Varian reviews Nicholas Carr's book Does IT matter: Business > Economic Scene: How Much Does Information Technology Matter?">In my view, companies cannot afford to ignore information technology, or relegate it to the back burner. Commoditizing it does not necessarily mean innovation slows. If anything, it could accelerate as more...read full entry...
  • Data curationMay 09, 2004Interesting overview of survey of scientists, librarians and others about need for research data curation services. Includes a schematic of future e-research data flows. [ppt in pdf]...read full entry...
  • LAM and memoryMay 09, 2004The policy framework for libraries, archives and museums has come together in several contexts, although actual services have not converged much. IMLS in the US, MLA in the UK, and other bodies have cross-domain responsibilities. I have just come back from visiting the newly formed Library and Archives Canada, but...read full entry...
  • McGrath on classificationMay 08, 2004Much followed blogger Sean McGrath on classification and metadata.My favorite example of shelf-stuff type 3 came from the same bookstore where they filed Dublin's Bus and Train timetables under 'General fiction'. The Bus and Train company was not amused. [E-BUSINESS IN THE ENTERPRISE - Would the real source of metadata...read full entry...
  • Google vs phone vs libraryMay 06, 2004Light-hearted exercise where the library is pitted against Google in answering vital questions of the day.Google, the world's most popular internet search engine, is about to offer shares to the public. It has built its reputation on being the fastest and most accurate way to find information. But is the...read full entry...
  • Sun's policy on public discourseMay 05, 2004Many of us at Sun are doing work that could change the world. We need to do a better job of telling the world. As of now, you are encouraged to tell the world about your work, without asking permission first (but please do read and follow the advice in...read full entry...
  • Suber on OAI and ORMay 03, 2004Some nice remarks by Peter Suber in his latest SOAN:As I read the news, both halves of this prediction are coming true. On the one hand, mainstream, non-academic search engines are looking for ways to index scholarly content. Starting with OAI-compliant archives and CrossRef-compliant publications is a natural, both because...read full entry...
  • Decline in use of catalogs May 01, 2004Some interesting data from Dan Greenstein about relative use of catalog (and the library's physical holdings) and the newer digital licensed resources. Use of online journals and reference databases that the library licenses (but rarely owns) grows dramatically year on year (CDL 2002). The use of online public access catalogs...read full entry...
  • RSS reader and FireFoxMay 01, 2004RSS Reader Panel, a FireFox extension, provides a reader nicely integrated with the browser. Clean and simple and so far good enough for my modest requirements....read full entry...
  • Google trademarkMay 01, 2004Wired article on Google IPO has this interesting snippet on the impact of adoption of google into common parlance on its trademark status:The use of the term "google" as a synonym for "search" -- a phenomenon that on the surface seems no more than a tribute to the popularity of...read full entry...