July 2004 has 29 entries

  • Read for funJuly 31, 2004People who see FictionFinder occasionally say that it is a public library application. In this context I was interested to come across the Read for fun site at University of Notre Dame Libraries. Students often ask those of us who work in the library at Notre Dame for books they...read full entry...
  • SRU againJuly 31, 2004Another mention of SRU: the discovery+ project at Edinburgh has brought up an SRU demonstrator. SRU is a web services protocol for federated and parallel (e.g. via merged/union catalogues) searching of multiple bibliographic repositories. The protocol is a REST type protocol in which search queries can be requested via HTTP...read full entry...
  • SRUJuly 30, 2004Eric Lease Morgan has an article on SRU in the current issue. Ralph Levan gets a namecheck (Ralph's SRU code here). This article is an introduction to the "brother and sister" Web Service protocols named Search/Retrieve Web Service (SRW) and Search/Retrieve URL Service (SRU) with an emphasis on the later....read full entry...
  • Sun on eBayJuly 30, 2004Jonathan Schwartz notes that Sun has been experimenting with eBay as a sales channel. We've been running an experiment recently - putting computers up for sale on eBay. [Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog]...read full entry...
  • Value and interoperabilityJuly 30, 2004A second discontinuity for vendors is the double-edged sword of creating true interoperability while selling unique value. Customers want open systems using open standards, but the very act of truly achieving this commoditizes the proprietary value of a system's uniqueness. Community source projects also create viable reference implementations of open...read full entry...
  • Open SourceJuly 30, 2004Spotted on a company T-shirt recently: "we make open source affordable"....read full entry...
  • Alt-i-labJuly 30, 2004For an overview of current state-of-the-art and issues in the learning technology domain see the presentations and program from the recent alt-i-lab meeting. Alt-i-lab 2004 is the 2nd annual meeting of creators, vendors, users, and buyers of learning technology. The purpose of the meeting was advancing learning technology interoperability. The...read full entry...
  • Library consortiaJuly 30, 2004I have just come across Consortia in the next 25 years, a conference organized by Caval in Australia last year to celebrate its twenty fifth anniversary. The site has powerpoints looking at consortia from various perspectives going forward....read full entry...
  • Audit office report on remote services of the British LibraryJuly 28, 2004The British Library: providing services beyond the reading rooms [pdf] is a report from the UK National Audit Office on the networked services of the British Library. It makes interesting reading and is generally positive. Among the points it makes is that the Library needs to consider the management costs...read full entry...
  • Middleware dark matterJuly 28, 2004Steve Vinoski of Iona says ... As I noted nearly two years ago in this column, many distributed integration applications, including much of the software running the Web, are based on "middleware dark matter,"[2] which consists of dynamic languages like Python, Perl, and PHP. Not only is this phenomenon still...read full entry...
  • Registry of digital mastersJuly 28, 2004Record creation guidelines for the Registry of Digital Masters are now available. Record Creation Guidelines are based on two Digital Library Federation papers describing the functionality of the Digital Registry, Registry of Archival Masters of [Born] Digital Monographs and Serials Functional Requirements and Registry of Digital Reproductions of Paper-based Monographs....read full entry...
  • PersonalizationJuly 26, 2004The Personalisation in presentation services homepage provides access to a report recently completed on behalf of JISC. It makes an interesting distinction between customization where a user can configure a system themselves and adaptive personalization, where system interaction is based on knowledge about users gained from "tracking user activity and/or...read full entry...
  • Network application platformsJuly 25, 2004One of the most interesting developments of the last year or so has been the emergence of Amazon, Google, eBay and others as application platforms, computational and communication hubs around which partners can develop business opportunities. eBay made some announcements at its Developers' Conference in June. "By allowing and encouraging...read full entry...
  • Blogging at MicrosoftJuly 25, 2004VARBusiness article on blogging at Microsoft.So let's take a look at some of the more popular Microsoft blogs, which have given the ogre a new voice. They've yet to make Microsoft as cool as Shrek, but they're getting people to look at the vendor in a new light. Consider the...read full entry...
  • Datuments - data and documentsJuly 24, 2004Murrary-Rust and Rzepa discuss 'datuments', where a datument is "a combination of data and document created using formal markup to allow the processing of individual data components". A datument is a hyperdocument for transmitting "complete" information including content and behaviour. We differentiate between "machine-readability", merely that a document such as...read full entry...
  • Standards, buyers and sellersJuly 24, 2004We tend to think of standards as a good thing without always thinking about the incentives for adoption among various stakeholders. Brad Wheeler (Indiana University and SAKAI) argues an interesting case, as reported by Wilbert Kraan on the CETIS website. Brad argued that the relation boils down to the question...read full entry...
  • A9July 24, 2004I notice that the A9 search box now appears on Amazon. There is also an A9 Toolbar. A9 is headed up by Udi Manber who rejoiced in the interesting title Chief Algorithms Officer while he worked for Amazon. He is credited with developing Amazon's Search inside the book technology. Manber...read full entry...
  • IE team blogJuly 23, 2004The Microsoft Internet Explorer Weblog is at IEBlog. Not much there yet.Our goal in this blog is to be a good place, direct from the source, for information about IE. What are we working on? How do we make decisions? Why does some part of IE work the way it...read full entry...
  • UK parliamentary report on scholarly communicationJuly 23, 2004The House of Commons - Science and Technology - Tenth Report Scientific publications: free for all has just been published and caused pleasant surprise among advocates of open access. It repays reading, and is surely significant given its recommendations and the standing of the body which produced it. Academic libraries...read full entry...
  • Collections and service registryJuly 23, 2004A nice description of the design and technical choices involved in developing a centralized directory of collection and service description. My belief is that this type of service will become more important as time goes on. Also interesting in that they use POIs.The JISC Information Environment Service Registry (IESR) is...read full entry...
  • iPods for courseworkJuly 22, 2004Duke is providing its incoming freshmen with a free iPod. Students also will be able to use the devices to download course content, recorded lectures, foreign language lessons, audio books and music from a special Duke website modeled after iTunes. The school will supply voice recorders for some classes, enabling...read full entry...
  • 'Societal infrastructure software'July 21, 2004This is a phrase used by Dan Bricklin. Here is what he says about it:I will call this software that forms a basis on which society and individuals build and run their lives "Societal Infrastructure Software". This is the software that keeps our societal records, controls and monitors our physical...read full entry...
  • Free wireless network access on Brighton BeachJuly 19, 2004There are two piers on Brighton Beach. So what would you call a free wireless network service on Brighton Beach? Why piertopier.net of course ..... This is easily the best name I have seen in a while .... Piertopier.net provides free wireless internet access to Brighton beach, using WiFi (IEEE...read full entry...
  • What is a digital library?July 18, 2004There was a discussion on diglib a while ago about what is a digital library. This was more interesting than most, especially when it came to Eric Hellman's question about whether particular services counted as digital libraries or not.A digital library is "Any collection of digital resources managed with the...read full entry...
  • Institutional portalsJuly 18, 2004Several case studies of institutional and library portals are available. The institutional cases are especially interesting as the library increasingly has to be visible in these spaces. To support these aims, the JISC has funded a number of case studies in the assessment and implementation of portal solutions within an...read full entry...
  • Open source VLE at DCUJuly 16, 2004Moodle is an open source course management system (aka learning management system or - in the UK - virtual learning environment). It has been deployed at Dublin City University in preference to the existing WebCT pilot.The field of VLE/MLE systems is still evolving rapidly. However, there is already clear consensus...read full entry...
  • Sage and firefoxJuly 15, 2004Tim Bray on Sage, a FireFox extension which provides an RSS reader integrated in the browser. I have been using this for a while now and find it just fine....read full entry...
  • Swiss army knife memory stickJuly 14, 2004Mmm.... A swiss army knife with a built in USB flash drive: ThinkGeek :: Swiss Memory USB....read full entry...
  • European Conference on Digital LibrariesJuly 14, 2004The program for ECDL 2004 is now available. ECDL 2004 is the 8th in the series of European Digital Library Conferences. ECDL has become the major European forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, organisational and social issues. [ECDL 2004]...read full entry...