September 2004 has 24 entries

  • Union CatalogsSeptember 30, 2004A list of union catalogs:During the research work on my latest book, Library World Records, I used both Worldcat and several European union catalogs, in my search for specific books, because I travelled to several European libraries, being able to know if particular books I needed, for my book project,...read full entry...
  • ARROW discovery serviceSeptember 26, 2004The Arrow (Australian Research Repositories Online to the World) project has a preview search system up. This discovery service provides access to Australian scholarly materials. It currently indexes metadata from 6 university repositories. [Australian Research Repositories Online to the World]...read full entry...
  • General Stumm invades the librarySeptember 25, 2004The useful Newscan Daily service includes a section Honorary Subscriber where they discuss a person of interest. The current issue [NewsScan Publishing Inc. - NewsScan Daily Archives] discusses Robert Musil, author of, among other things, The man without qualities. Chapter 100 of this novel is General Stumm invades the State...read full entry...
  • Overview of web servicesSeptember 25, 2004A full overview of web services specifications. This white paper provides an introduction to the Web services architecture. It describes the design principles underlying the architecture and foundational technologies for Web services. Features are described and linked to the specifications that formally define them. This paper also serves as a...read full entry...
  • Seven ways?September 25, 2004Nathan Shedroff on seven ways to organize data. The Dewey Decimal Classification is noted as organization by 'number'. The first step in transforming data into information is to explore its organization. This simple yet crucial process can appear futile, but often you can discover something through it that you had...read full entry...
  • Reference for the 'Google generation'September 25, 2004The British Library is advertizing for a Head of Reference and Research. The post will 'reinterpret' reference for a digital world, and provide services for 'new audiences', including the 'google generation'. [Head of Reference and Research, London]...read full entry...
  • My mediaSeptember 25, 2004Adam Bosworth summarises how he would like his various media options to work together. These days, like everybody else, my media is increasingly on my hard disks. It is on PC's, Mac's, iPod's and recorders of TV like Tivo although mine is a Time Warner supplied variant. As such, like...read full entry...
  • Academic bloggingSeptember 25, 2004I had been going to mention UThink, the blogging platform provided the University of Minnesota Libraries. Here it is mentioned in a Guardian article which considers academic blogging more widely, interviewing faculty and others about their use of blogs. Most blogs are individual efforts, but earlier this year, the University...read full entry...
  • Preparedness for digital futuresSeptember 22, 2004CLIR is organizating a 'primer' on 'managing digital assets'. The text below is from the description of the event. I think it overstates the case, but it is an appropriate reminder that we are really in the early stages of constructing viable digital information environments. Aside from the largest research...read full entry...
  • VirtualizationSeptember 21, 2004Virtualization, outsourcing, ASP, ... Jonathan Schwartz signals a Sun announcement about 'computing utility' services. He provides some nice ways of talking about this phenomenon which could be applied to what we have historically known as 'bibliographic utilities', and also to current initiatives which look at providing shared infrastructure in the...read full entry...
  • Festschrift for Wendy LougeeSeptember 21, 2004I recently came across this online Festschrift for Wendy Lougee, marking her departure from Michigan. Digital libraries : a vision for the 21st century : a festschrift in honor of Wendy Lougee on the occasion of her departure from the University of Michigan / [edited by] Patricia Hodges, Maria Bonn,...read full entry...
  • More on library portalsSeptember 21, 2004I have agreed to write regularly for Update Magazine, the publication of CILIP in the UK. The first article to appear is on portals. Stepping back, we can see some trends. A major one is growing awareness that the library portal is only one step towards creating an effective network...read full entry...
  • Creating metadataSeptember 19, 2004Ross Atkinson suggests there are two kinds of metadata, iterative and explicative. In AACR terms, iterative metadata is the 'description'. it is not clear to me from this account whether he sees the 'headings' as iterative or explicative. Iterative metadata repeat and thus privilege language or other signs that occur...read full entry...
  • MG retrieval systemSeptember 19, 2004The MG retrieval system is used by Greenstone. MG is an open-source indexing and retrieval system for text, images, and textual images. MG is covered by a GNU public licence. [About MG]...read full entry...
  • ECDL - European conference on digital librariesSeptember 19, 2004I gave a keynote at this event at the University of Bath last week. Some observations and presentations:There was quite a bit of discussion about 'community' and to what extent the conference participants represented a community of interest and to what extent they represented rather different communities of interest given...read full entry...
  • eLearning clearinghouseSeptember 19, 2004An eLearning resource is part of the Bush re-election platform:If he is re-elected come Nov. 2, President George W. Bush's education proposals for his second term would include plans to build an eLearning Clearinghouse to promote all the online courses available to students and adults from both public and private...read full entry...
  • Mastery and user interfaceSeptember 11, 2004Jakob Nielsen on different user interface experiences. He classifies the experiences as involving mastery, mystery, or misery! The original ideology of hypertext and the World Wide Web, as expressed by Vannevar Bush (1945), Ted Nelson (1960), and Tim Berners-Lee (1991) makes individual users the masters of the content and lets...read full entry...
  • National access to EEBOSeptember 11, 2004JISC has secured long-term access to Early English Books Online for the UK community. They are looking at an interesting approach to further development of the resource by soliciting candidates for digitization from academics. Now JISC, as part of a deal struck earlier this year with ProQuest to make EEBO...read full entry...
  • Microsoft and internationalizationSeptember 11, 2004Operating in an international environment raises many issues. Of course, this is a big factor for OCLC. There is an interesting article in the Guardian about some of the issues that Microsoft has run into through a lack of awareness of particular local political or geographic contexts.In a frank assessment...read full entry...
  • Top screen scientistSeptember 10, 2004The BBC held a Top Screen Scientist Vote and the results are in....read full entry...
  • Cataloging mission statementSeptember 10, 2004I have just come across the MIT Libraries' Cataloging Mission Statement.The cataloging units of the MIT Libraries develop and apply creative solutions to manage and facilitate the use of information resources. We continually build expertise in metadata standards and database structures, as well as knowledge of the resources and their...read full entry...
  • Wikipedia and reputationSeptember 05, 2004Ross Mayfield summarises current discussions about the 'trustworthiness' of Wikipedia.Which brings me to an lingering thought -- that explicitly codifying reputation introduces a cost which can constrain commons-based peer production. Wikipedia was never supposed to work, somehow does because of good club theory and transaction costs, and has gained a...read full entry...
  • Learning and librariesSeptember 05, 2004The recent report released by DLF, Digital Library Content and Course Management Systems: Issues of Interoperation, makes it three: three recent reports on the increasingly important interface between library services and instructional technology applications. The three are: Digital Library Content and Course Management Systems: Issues of Interoperation. Report of a...read full entry...
  • Collection level descriptionSeptember 05, 2004Libraries have historically been interested in trees: their descriptive practices have focused on works and their manifestations. Libraries are becoming more interested in describing woods, the collections of which individual items are a part. This in turn creates an interest in collection level description. 'Collections' tends to be used here...read full entry...