August 2004 has 28 entries

  • OntologiesAugust 29, 2004JISC announces the publication of Latest TechWatch report: role of ontologies in teaching and learning by Ruth Wilson. And so the two communities - LIS and computer science - find themselves in similar places, working on ontologies for sharing data between a variety of knowledge organisation systems to make better...read full entry...
  • Universities are more like country clubs than health clubsAugust 29, 2004From the column of Howard Davies, Director of the London School of Economics, in Management Today:There was even concern that major US universities might begin to colonise the continent with satellite campuses. So we were reassured to hear from Larry Summers, president of Harvard, that he saw little scope for...read full entry...
  • Olympic iconsAugust 28, 2004Like many others, I have been intermittently watching the Olympics. The Munich Olympics were the first I really registered. I find that the 'event icons' used there are very closely bound up with my experience of the games: many were so eonomically suggestive of the sport they represented that they...read full entry...
  • UKOLN focus and POIsAugust 27, 2004A very nice roundup of news and progress reports in the inaugural issue of UKOLN focus. There is much of potential interest here. Given our involvement, I especially note the report on the use of POIs.The work centres on the use of the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting to exchange...read full entry...
  • More on RSSAugust 26, 2004Wired magazine on the growth and diversifying appeal of RSS. "RSS is at the edge of a huge acceleration in adoption," he said. "The early users have been bloggers, which have clearly exploded geometrically.... The next adopters are online content publishers. Corporations are starting to use the technology. This is...read full entry...
  • Galway BayAugust 25, 2004Driving through an area in Dublin (Ohio) with streets named after Irish places the other day, I passed a street called 'Gullway Bay'. There are no gulls in Dublin, Ohio, although there are many in Galway, Ireland. 'Gullway' had the sound of an Old English kenning about it. It prompted...read full entry...
  • Harvard hot libraryAugust 24, 2004According to the Newsweek Kaplan College Guide, Harvard has the "hottest" library among US universities:Harvard's library system ranks with the best of any kind in the country, even the Library of Congress. "It contains the largest collection of every kind of book and bit of information anyone would ever want,"...read full entry...
  • Reading RSSAugust 24, 2004Steve Gillmor makes an interesting observation about the uptake of RSS. I wonder what proportion of readers of popular blogs consume them via RSS and how many actually visit the website. This phenomenon coupled with the emergence of the search engine as the user's preferred entry point further distances people...read full entry...
  • Google as a platform againAugust 24, 2004Steve Gillmor extends the notion of Google as a platform. Some extracts:One way to handicap Google is to deconstruct the notion that Google's intellectual property is bound solely to search. In fact, it's bound to the emerging platform known as software-as-a-service. Fellow IPO salesforce.com offers a hosted software service, which...read full entry...
  • Demonstrating valueAugust 24, 2004The title of the 2003-2004 British Library annual report is an interesting indication of the emphasis on demonstrating value: Making a measurable difference....read full entry...
  • A SOAP operaAugust 22, 2004A SOAP Opera is an "An e-business novel about Web Services & Service Oriented Architectures". Unfortunately, it does not seem to have developed yet beyond Section 3. He knew he was kidding himself. Sure, part of him wanted to go straight home, to go on a ten mile walk and...read full entry...
  • TrendwatchingAugust 21, 2004Via Neil Beagrie I came across TRENDWATCHING.COM: global source for hot consumer trends and related new business ideas in 2004. There is some arresting phrase-making amid the neologistic and rhetorical excess. A few interesting trends for libraries to note:Generation C: "The GENERATION C phenomenon captures the tsunami of consumer generated...read full entry...
  • FRBR and other cataloging issuesAugust 20, 2004Powerpoints from the UK Cataloguing and indexing group annual meeting are available. They include an overview [ppt] of FRBR by Patrick Le Boeuf with implementation examples, including FictionFinder. Other presentations cover collection level description and the UK E-government metadata schema [ppt] and the Government category list [ppt]. Ariadne carries a...read full entry...
  • Search and visitAugust 19, 2004Jakob Neilsen:Increasingly, the Internet user experience is becoming one of dipping a toe into websites rather than truly "visiting" them. Using search engines as their Web interface, people simply grab query-related nuggets from sites, but don't engage with the sites themselves. [When Search Engines Become Answer Engines (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)]The...read full entry...
  • Hal Abelson on copyright and intellectual commonsAugust 19, 2004The journal Transformations: liberal arts in a digital age has an interview with Hal Abelson of MIT on copyright and scholarship.HA: A University is a complicated place, and there are lots of different kinds of interests there. So, you can't apply one single uniform policy for everyone's research production. Also,...read full entry...
  • What's the catalog forAugust 18, 2004David Weinberger noted Tim Bray's nice post about the Bodleain library a while ago. He discussed the catalog and went on to say:So, for fifteen years a catalog was useful for browsing for books you did not know existed. After that, the catalog reverted to being a tool for inventorying...read full entry...
  • Sun blogsAugust 10, 2004ZDNet on the Schwartz phenomenon. The COO and President of Sun is using his blog to go straight to a wider audience with strong views.:In the bigger picture, as a regular blogger, Schwartz is using the Web technology as a direct channel to customers, prospects, stockholders, partners, and employees. Except...read full entry...
  • Portal landscapeAugust 09, 2004PEPC 2004: The Conference provides a good snapshot of institutional portal developments. Increasingly, the library and other service organizations have to relate to a wider integration agenda as universities and other organizations aim to build congenial network environments for students and faculty. The library sits alongside access to student records,...read full entry...
  • Adam Bosworth on keeping it simpleAugust 08, 2004Adam Bosworth discusses how the user focus changes in moving from BEA to Google, and how this influences thinking about how to build services. it is interesting to me how this focus around simplicity in the services world could carry through even to the plumbing people use. For example take...read full entry...
  • Food for thoughtAugust 08, 2004"Food is polysaturated with culture" says Steven Shapin in a review of several books on the Atkins diet. This is a reflective piece from the London Review of Books, noted here as many OCLC conversations seem to be like those observed by the author among his colleagues:Even asking the question...read full entry...
  • Google and the Ferrari factorAugust 06, 2004Apparently, there is some concern that if Google staff become suddenly wealthy they may loose some of their incentive to work. Karen Goodfriend, a US financial adviser who specialises in assisting "suddenly wealthy" individuals, says the Google staff should brace themselves for deep and unpredictable psychological changes. [BBC NEWS |...read full entry...
  • WiglafAugust 06, 2004Beowulf celebrates 10 years of computing activity.In late 1993, Becker and Thomas Sterling, both working at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, began thinking about the possibilities of cluster computing. In the summer of 1994, Wiglaf -- the first Beowulf cluster, sporting 16 66-Mhz 486 DX4 processors connected by channel-bonded ethernet...read full entry...
  • Vocabularies in library and information scienceAugust 06, 2004A 1999 article by Michael Buckland on vocabulary as a central concept in library and information science. Vocabulary problems are central to the economics of digital libraries because unfamiliar vocabulary reduces search effectiveness. Issues of identity are central to Library and Information Science because of the indexical role of vocabulary....read full entry...
  • Local YahooAugust 05, 2004We are definitely in a race ... Yahoo now has a Local Yahoo service, which aims to find businesses and services near you....read full entry...
  • The phone as centreAugust 02, 2004Jonathan Schwartz, COO and president of Sun, has become very visible as a blogger. Here he is on technology (on ITConversations). It reminds me of the comment attributed to Alan Kay that technology is what has happened since you were born.And right, my point, there's money there and as evidence...read full entry...
  • MSN sandboxAugust 02, 2004Along the lines of Google Labs, and even, dare I say, our own ResearchWorks, is the MSN Sandbox.This is the place to play with new MSN technologies, look at prototypes, and peek behind the scenes at some of our new ideas. Let us know what you think about how we...read full entry...
  • Organization of workAugust 01, 2004A suggestive panel discussion on Technology and the modern corporation: how different will it become is covered in Robert Patterson's weblog. Leaders from several industries discuss changing organizational patterns. Malone: I have a slogan for that. We need to change our thinking from "command and control" to "coordinate and cultivate."...read full entry...
  • Library spacesAugust 01, 2004An article in today's New York Times (free registration) talks about how academic libraries are developing as group learning environments. Education > Education Life > Spaces for Social Study">If digital access pushed libraries to reinvent themselves, it was developments in educational theory that helped turn them into academic town squares....read full entry...