June 2004 has 22 entries

  • Buy or borrowJune 28, 2004I notice that Edinburgh University Library has a link to Blackwells Online Bookshop on their web site. This is a useful bibliographic retrieval system, which allows you to buy books. Wouldn't it be nice if it were better integrated with the catalog, so that one could discover books through the...read full entry...
  • Structured reading listsJune 28, 2004IMS has released its Resource List Interoperability Specification. In the future, I think, we will increasingly see the reading list as a 'portable portal' (a 'portable'?), as you can have services on the contained objects. The Resource List Interoperability (RLI) specification details how structured meta-data can be exchanged between systems...read full entry...
  • Tranforming libraries or muddling throughJune 24, 2004This article -- ARL 234: Libraries Dealing with the Future Now -- discusses work done at the University of Arizona to identify ways in which the library needs to reallocate attention and resources to be a viable iinsitutional player in a climate of continuing resource constraint. The work reported here...read full entry...
  • Aaron Swartz on Google's ad policyJune 24, 2004It is increasingly clear that Google cannot enforce their censorship policy with any semblance of fairness. Worse, [their editorial policy in ads undermines their claim of fair, computer-generated results](http://google.blogspace.com/archives/001233). Google should stick to ensuring adds are accurate, and let the computer decide which ones to show based on which are...read full entry...
  • Physical and virtual union catalogsJune 22, 2004CC-Interop is a UK project looking at aspects of the interplay between what it calls 'physical' union catalogs and 'virtual' union catalogs. The latter are z39.50 enabled 'clumps' of catalogs. It has produced several reports, the most recent of which looks at the use of Collection Level Descriptions to 'landscape'...read full entry...
  • UK Web Archiving ConsortiumJune 21, 2004A UK Web Archiving Consortium has been established by the national libraries of the UK, the National Archive, JISC and the Wellcome Trust. To address this problem, a consortium of six leading UK institutions is working collaboratively on a project to develop a test-bed for selective archiving of UK websites....read full entry...
  • GlossariesJune 20, 2004In general, there seems little point in trying to define terms for use except within some closely knit community of practice. Nevertheless, glossaries are often interesting attempts to clarify the conceptual context of activities. This is the case with the RDN discussion of structured and unstructured services, brokers and portals,...read full entry...
  • Bosak on XMLJune 19, 2004Discussion in the library community sometimes seems to imagine that XML alone can deliver full interoperability. A nice corrective:JavaOne Today: What's the most common nonsensical notion about XML? Bosak: I guess that XML will, by itself, solve the information interchange problem. In reality, XML just clears away some of the...read full entry...
  • Arrow, Fedora and VTLSJune 19, 2004Arrow is an Australian project developing institutional repository facilities for Australian Universities. The National Library of Australia will provide a 'national discovery layer' for the initiative. At Members' Council somebody compared an institutional repository to a vertical file system; Arrow has a vertical file system motif on its web pages....read full entry...
  • MIT libraries websiteJune 18, 2004I like the fresh new look of the MIT Libraries website. The new look has not propagated throughout the website, and it seems odd to have news overwrite the title. Nice though. Of course, I not know how effective its users find the website itself. That said, it is good...read full entry...
  • Spolsky on MicrosoftJune 18, 2004Spolsky on Microsoft has been noticed in several places:However, there is a less understood phenomenon which is going largely unnoticed: Microsoft's crown strategic jewel, the Windows API, is lost. The cornerstone of Microsoft's monopoly power and incredibly profitable Windows and Office franchises, which account for virtually all of Microsoft's income...read full entry...
  • Critique of Google's handling of CrossRef dataJune 12, 2004Useful exploration of how Google surfaces CrossRef data, comparing the search experience unfavorably with CrossRef itself. It would be interesting to consider though to what extent Google's effectiveness depends on uniform treatment and presentation of masses of data. Google accepted the gift, loaded and indexed the pages, and apparently declared...read full entry...
  • Changing face of A&IJune 12, 2004Overview of changes in A&I landscape from John Regazzi of Elsevier. This simple supply chain, however, has been transformed today into a complex, some might argue 'too complex,' information network. [Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture - 2004]He makes some statements about scientists' and librarians' preferred sources of authoritative information which have...read full entry...
  • BloomsdayJune 11, 2004Next Wednesday is the centenary of the fictional day on which Joyce's Ulysses is set. There are various events to mark it, including several by the National Library of Ireland which figures in the book. The Library episode, 'Scylla and Charybdis', in which Stephen Dedalus meets the librarians of 1904...read full entry...
  • ECDL at University of BathJune 11, 2004Registration for ECDL 2004 is now open. I will be keynoting, as will Neil McClean and Tony Hey (Director of the UK e-science program). Diane, Stu and I are on the strong Programme Committee: ECDL 2004 Organisation.It will be nice to visit Bath again, where of course I worked for...read full entry...
  • Google localJune 09, 2004Google Local gives pretty impressive results. Find business and services local to you....read full entry...
  • UK e-University dismantledJune 09, 2004There have been some high profile failures in higher education in the shared distance learning space. The UK eUniversity is the latest casualty. Dr Ian Gibson, who chairs the science and technology committee at the Commons, called the UK's e-university "an absolute disaster". [BBC NEWS | Education | 'Shameful waste'...read full entry...
  • SchematizingJune 09, 2004Schematize is cropping up in various places. Jim Gray spoke about schematized storage at OCLC recently [ppt]. He was talking about associating metadata with data. Here is Steve Gillmor:HailStorm's notion of a massive in-memory cloud of XML data and metadata was doomed, not by the daunting mechanics of schematizing a...read full entry...
  • How records are differentJune 09, 2004Henry Gladney talks about the different approaches taken by NARA and Library of Congress to preservation as an example of different practices of records managers and digital libraries. IMHO libraries will take on more of the 'records management' perspective as digital libraries develop. Think of provenance, context and authenticity for...read full entry...
  • YALA - yet another layered architectureJune 08, 2004Some interesting work from the Learning Systems Architecture Lab at CMU. CORDRA (Content Object Repository Discovery and Registration/Resolution Architecture) is designed to be an enabling model to bridge the worlds of learning content management and delivery, and content repositories and digital libraries. CORDRA aims to identify and specify (not develop)...read full entry...
  • PhDs live longerJune 08, 2004Good news for some in OR at BBC NEWS | Health | The secrets of long life revealed?...read full entry...
  • MADSJune 06, 2004More about the Metadata Authority Description Schema at: The Library of Congress' Network Development and MARC Standards Office has developed the Metadata Authority Description Schema (MADS), an XML schema for an authority element set that may be used to provide metadata about agents (people, organizations), events, and terms (topics, geographics,...read full entry...