October 2004 has 38 entries

  • Externalizing the BlogOctober 31, 2004I have maintained this Blog for a year now, writing for colleagues internally at OCLC. We have decided to externalize it. I wonder will the dynamic change very much ... The focus is on libraries and network services, and on libraries more broadly. It is quite general, although readers will...read full entry...
  • Learning object metadataOctober 31, 2004A couple of recent studies have provided some rich data about the use of IEEE-LOM metadata. Jean Godby analyses the choice of elements in Application Profiles in a recent article, pulling together data from 35 projects. The focus here is on the choices made by designers of Application Profiles, based...read full entry...
  • AriadneOctober 31, 2004A particularly rich issue of Ariadne has just appeared, with a strong international flavor. It includes significant articles on a theses plugin for Dspace, the Dutch institutional repository initiative, Dare, portal frameworks, recent developments at the National Library of Australia, ISBN-13, and learning object metadata. And there is a strong...read full entry...
  • Adobe, Yahoo and service recombinationOctober 31, 2004There is a growing desire to provide service at the point of need, or "at the point of inspiration" as Tim Cadogan of Yahoo says. Yahoo and Adobe have announced a collaboration around the Yahoo toolbar which will put Adobe and Yahoo functionality together on the desktop. This is another...read full entry...
  • Edinburgh and Harry PotterOctober 31, 2004Edinburgh has been named UNESCO's first City Of Literature. JK Rowling supported the bid. The dossier presented to more than 180 UNESCO delegates contained a foreword by JK Rowling, among others. She underlined that the books in the Harry Potter series have been largely created in the city. [University of...read full entry...
  • Collection and service description updateOctober 30, 2004Juha Hakala and Pete Johnston give a useful update of Collection and Service description within the NISO Metasearch initiative at the DCMI meeting in Shanghai. Despite several years of activity, it seems to me that the issues discussed in this presentation have yet to come into real community focus. Maybe...read full entry...
  • Bookmarklets, xISBN and Find in a LibraryOctober 29, 2004Corey Murata notes some nice lookup features for OpenWorldCat on Web4Lib today. This prompts me to note the OpenWorldCat xISBN bookmarklet. We make a range of bookmarklets available, originally inspired by Jon Udell's library lookup. The innovation we have added is that we incorporate xISBN functionality, which allows the search...read full entry...
  • Recombinant potential displayedOctober 28, 2004A short video has been produced as part of the JISC X4L program to show interoperability in action. I like to think of interoperability as recombinant potential and this video shows this very well. It looks at assembling a learning object from other objects in a learning object repository and...read full entry...
  • Embalmed geniusOctober 28, 2004I was familiar with Newman's characterization of the library as 'the embalming of dead genius'. Now, I can see it in context in the online collection at the National Institute of Newman Studies....read full entry...
  • Westerville webOctober 27, 2004I like Westerville Library's web presence. It thinks about itself in terms of user interests, rather than library offerings. It incorporates news headlines. It gives you access to the catalog directly from a search box on the home page (all libraries should do this), has some materials from the interesting...read full entry...
  • Social creationsOctober 26, 2004Multi-user games, wikipedia, e-bay, Amazon, Internet Movie Database. They all involve -- in different ways -- the co-creation of value between a platform provider and a social network enabled by that platform. Which raises issues of trust and authority. From a Guardian article on Wikipedia:To its fans, it is a...read full entry...
  • MLA survey on museum attendanceOctober 24, 2004From the UK, another survey of use.The most comprehensive survey in five years of museum satisfaction rates and visitor numbers, published today by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), shows that more people visit museums each year than go to live sports events, theme parks or the theatre. [MLA...read full entry...
  • Foreign Policy Magazine on GlobalizationOctober 24, 2004Foreign Policy Magazine has run a 'globalization index' for the last few years. It is based on several measures: economic integration, technological connectivity, personal contact, and political engagement. For the third year in a row, Ireland ranks as the most global nation in our survey, due to the country's deep...read full entry...
  • Google desktop and library collectionsOctober 22, 2004Art Rhyno has an interesting discussion of using Google Desktop to integrate search of library collections into Google. This is the biggest part of the appeal of the Google Desktop to me, it brings attention to local content, and in this case, local content can include the library catalogue. The...read full entry...
  • ECDL 2004 reportOctober 21, 2004There is a report on ECDL 2004 by Jonas Holmstr´┐Żm in the current D-lib Magazine. Lorcan Dempsey from OCLC (Online Library Computer Center) spoke [ppt] about the rapidly changing library landscape and introduced some interesting new terminology. One of the most apparent changes libraries face is the change in expectations...read full entry...
  • Common information environmentOctober 21, 2004The Common information environment is a multi-agancy initiative in the UK to help coordinate development activities towards more 'well-seamed' information services from public sector organizations. The initiative's web presence includes a blog by its director Paul Miller....read full entry...
  • Seattle public libraryOctober 19, 2004Check out Liz Lawley's photographs of the new Seattle Public Library....read full entry...
  • One, two, three: the trajectory of searchOctober 19, 2004In my current Update column, I suggest that we can think of three stages of library search in the web era: monolithic search system, metasearch, and data exposure. These put together data, search engine and user interface in different ways.Hardly a day goes by without another arrangement between an information...read full entry...
  • Google and clusteringOctober 17, 2004Several brief accounts have appeared of Peter Norvig's presentation at the Web 2.0 conference where he spoke about Google's work with clustering approaches. This is pretty interesting, given the mythic status that the page rank approach has achieved. One account:"[We're] trying to go just beyond keywords and the linking structure...read full entry...
  • Outsourcing and web servicesOctober 17, 2004An entry on the Zapthink website discusses the relationship between outsourcing and service oriented architecture (SOA). The combination of the SOA and outsourcing trends reflects the maturation of the IT industry. Before the industrial age, companies built products and tools on a one-off, customized basis, but with the emergence of...read full entry...
  • Discussion extractorOctober 17, 2004The Learningtools site from Faculty of Arts Instructional Support at the University of British Columbia has some interesting looking tools. In particular, I noticed:This tool addresses the problem of re-usability of student interactions in WebCT Discussions, and allows an instructor or a student to export a fully threaded discussion object...read full entry...
  • What is a library?October 17, 2004I talk about The Librarian below. I quoted from it alongside quotes from Ross Atkinson and Bob Martin in a presentation to the European Conference on Digital Libraries recently. [ppt] From The Librarian:'So why have I written this? I can't show it if it's going to contradict or undermine my...read full entry...
  • The librarianOctober 17, 2004I read The Librarian, a novel from Larry Beinhart, a few weeks ago. I have used it in external presentations [ppt] and also used the concept of 'fog facts' (see below) in internal presentations. I have been surprised not to have seen much mention of it more widely. Well, it...read full entry...
  • Archiving email at the British LibraryOctober 15, 2004The British Library has begun to collect email of authors and scientists. It has already acquired emails written by Hughes, and has created a list of important people whose computer files it would like to collect, including J.K. Rowling, A.S. Byatt, Alastair Campbell and Stephen Hawking. Jeremy John, who has...read full entry...
  • Infrastructure and intrastructureOctober 13, 2004Many services are provided as infrastructure. I have been using the word 'intrastructure' to talk about the apparatus of peer to peer interaction. I was curious to see if anybody else had thought of using this 'word' in this way. A search on Google is interesting: a lot of people...read full entry...
  • Manber on GoogleOctober 10, 2004Bag and baggage quotes Udi Manber of A9 on Google: The search panel covered tons of ground, but talked a good deal about doing creative things with the UI. Udi Manber had this great spiel that sounded like it had tripped off his tongue one or two times before, concerning...read full entry...
  • Web futuresOctober 10, 2004BBC report on The Web 2.0 Conference has some interesting snippets. Experts at the event said the next generation of the web will come out of the creative and programming communities starting to tinker with the vast pool of data the net has become. Speaking about what this future will...read full entry...
  • Charging for web services?October 10, 2004Loosely Coupled discusses whether Amazon will be able to successfully charge for web services as they announce the launch of a for-pay web services platform. Will it be possible to extend the micro-payments model for content to services?No one has yet established a successful model of charging for on-demand services....read full entry...
  • Chronicle alerting service without an RSS feedOctober 10, 2004The Arts and Letters Daily service from the Chronicle is very useful. It cries out for an RSS feed though....read full entry...
  • Eric Wainwright on future of academic librariesOctober 10, 2004Eric Wainwright writes reflectively and interestingly about the future of the academic library. [PDF]...read full entry...
  • Watch that pageOctober 10, 2004A colleague recommended this service. I have not used it. WatchThatPage is a service that enables you to automatically collect new information from your favorite pages on the Internet. You select which pages to monitor, and WatchThatPage will find which pages have changed, and collect all the new content for...read full entry...
  • Collecting booksOctober 10, 2004I have just had occasion to reread Walter Benjamin's essay Unpacking my library. It is full of memorable lines (from the Zohn translation in the accessible Illuminations collection):"The only exact knowledge there is," says Anatole France, "is the knowledge of the date of publication and the format of books." And...read full entry...
  • Information destructionOctober 03, 2004An industry is growing up which is looking at the issues of responsible 'information destruction'. A growing debate about the security of data has grown to include the computer recycling industry, which is now being asked to verifiably destroy data along with physical components. Merely donating old computers to schools,...read full entry...
  • Rehak's papersOctober 03, 2004Dan Rehak is very active in the development of specifications in the learning technology arena. He is based at the Learning Systems Architecture Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon. Two recent papers intersect with our interests. Good&plenty, Googlezon, your grandmother and Nike: challenges for ubiquitous learning & learning technology [PDF]. This caught...read full entry...
  • Identifying lawyersOctober 03, 2004Identifiers are becoming more important in our work. In another context, I was interested to come across the ISLN:Designated the International Standard Lawyer Number or ISLN, it's a new mechanism that helps us track the identity of each practicing attorney and lends another level of quality control to the Martindale-Hubbell...read full entry...
  • David Byrne creates powerpointOctober 02, 2004Byrne's 20-minute PowerPoint display treats visitors to psychedelic graphics, satirical charts, and morphing photographs. Byrne, who was trained as a fine artist, has developed an animated presentation unlike any seen at a corporate sales conference. PowerPoint's slick graphics and pre-designed templates can make even the blandest lecture look good, but...read full entry...
  • Amazon and e-bay: programmable websitesOctober 02, 2004I had not seen the phrase 'programmable websites' before coming across this article. Amazon and eBay Inc. have cemented themselves as hubs of commerce when it comes to consumer online shopping. Now they're emerging as hubs of software-development activity, where openness breeds innovation and innovation generates sales. "We think Web...read full entry...
  • Metadata qualityOctober 01, 2004Another article establishes the importance of metadata quality or consistency for retrieval. This is an issue we are facing more as metadata is aggregated from different metadata regimes.The OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting has deservedly been hailed as an important tool in the development of digital libraries from multiple, dispersed...read full entry...