November 2004 has 31 entries

  • Logistics and learningNovember 29, 2004I have mentioned library logistics and also the services of Sentient Learning. I have just come across the Sentient Discover page, with the strap line: 'optimising the learning supply chain'. Maybe, we can begin using logistics after all!...read full entry...
  • Externalizing searchNovember 29, 2004Art Rhyno continues his interesting series on the inadvertent gifts of recent Google developments. He wonders:... if library systems can offload a lot of the indexing work that our current applications sweat so hard to achieve. Both Apple and Microsoft have poured significant resources into making their next generation of...read full entry...
  • Yahoo tipsNovember 28, 2004Website design tips [ppt] for improving findability in Yahoo! Presented at WebmasterWorld's Search Conference #7....read full entry...
  • Learning object repositoriesNovember 28, 2004A review of six learning object repositories from EduTools has been made available. It appears as a Word document and an associated Excel spreadsheet with feature comparisons. Six products are chosen for comparison: HarvestRoad Hive; Intrallect Intralibrary; NorthPlains Telescope Enterprise; Ex Libris Digitool; Concord Masterfile; Dspace. They are compared under...read full entry...
  • The complement of booksNovember 28, 2004We spent several days in Washington DC over the Thanksgiving period. We were intrigued by Rachel Whiteread's Untitled (Library) in the Hirshhorn. Since the late 1980s, Rachel Whiteread has used resin, rubber and, as in Untitled (Library), dental plaster to cast overlooked domestic spaces. Like earlier works by Bruce Nauman...read full entry...
  • 20 top IT mistakes to avoidNovember 28, 2004Chad Dickerson, in InfoWorld, writes about the top 20 IT mistakes to avoid. A couple of quotes:On the one hand, the most conservative IT shops dismiss open source solutions as a matter of policy. That's a big mistake: Taking an indefinite wait-and-see attitude toward open source means passing up proven,...read full entry...
  • University rankingsNovember 22, 2004The Times Higher Education Supplement [subscribers only - guest subscription available] has compiled a list of the 'top' 200 universities worldwide. The list is interesting as a sign of the growing international competitiveness of higher education. It appears that it will be refined in future years. A major contributor to...read full entry...
  • Simple gets usedNovember 21, 2004More of Bosworth. It is worth thinking about MARC and Z39.50 in the context of this entry. MARC will take a long time to change? How soon will SRU replace Z39.50, or will it? Again, worth quoting at length.In the same way, I see two diametrically opposed tendencies in the...read full entry...
  • Library logisticsNovember 21, 2004Logistics is everywhere. During the recent Olympics, DHL and UPS were heavy advertizers. Recently, UPS has been advertizing that its role is to 'synchronize' companies. It seems to me that logistics is a significant part of what libraries do, they synchronize the need for and the supply of research and...read full entry...
  • Mobile devicesNovember 20, 2004A new JISC report on mobile devices.Increasingly, staff and students within higher education institutions own and make use of these devices, particularly, in the case of students, in the main target age group of 18 to 24 years. Currently this use is often personal, informal and ad hoc, but increasingly...read full entry...
  • British Library and wirelessNovember 20, 2004The introduction of wireless networking at the British Library has been noticed in several places. More interesting than the announcement itself, I thought, were some of the findings from their market research. John De Lucy, the Library's Head of Estates and Facilities, commissioned Building Zones, consultants in providing technology that...read full entry...
  • Bibliographic access divisionNovember 20, 2004The Bibliographic Access Division of the Library of Congress has released its Stratgic Plan FY2003-2008 Goals and Initiatives for Fiscal Years 2005-2006 [pdf]. Its vision is The Bibliographic Access Divisions (BA) lead in providing immediate and convenient discovery of the universe of knowledge and creativity.Its mission is To provide effective...read full entry...
  • Institutional incentivesNovember 18, 2004Some nice remarks in Diglet on Paul Conway's recent presentation on institutional repositories at OCLC. I can't think of a better way for a librarian in the year 2004 to spend an hour than to listen to this presentation by Paul Conway, Director, Information Technology Services, Perkins Library, Duke University....read full entry...
  • Dutch archiveNovember 18, 2004An article in Research Information provides some context for the relationship between the National Library of the Netherlands and Elsevier for archiving of the latter's output. Karen Hunter, senior vice-president for strategy at Elsevier and responsible for this digital archiving initiative, explained the relevance of this agreement: 'It is essential...read full entry...
  • ELVishNovember 17, 2004ELF (e-learning framework) is an international initiative which aims to provide a context within which functional components can be identified, and then defined as web services. A goal appears to be a consistent communications and design framework within which to align development. Presentations from a recent conference are now available,...read full entry...
  • The library websiteNovember 17, 2004There is an interesting digest of Libqual results in the current ARL Bimonthly Report. What particularly caught my eye was the discussion of the library website:Yet according to LibQUAL+TM data, many library patrons, particularly undergraduates are not taking full advantage of the information available from library Web sites. While about...read full entry...
  • FirefoxNovember 17, 2004Among the many discussions of Firefox:As useful as the features and usability tweaks are, there is something much more interesting about Firefox and Thunderbird, and that is the sense you are dealing with well-polished end user applications and not collections of components. Firefox and Thunderbird represent a new breed of...read full entry...
  • Service registry and UDDINovember 13, 2004The latest edition of the Collection Description Focus Newsletter has an update on the JISC IE Service Registry. The IESR is currently accessible on the web at http://iesr.ac.uk/registry/ and through Z39.50 (details at http://iesr.ac.uk/registry/docs/iesrZ3950.html). An OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) repository of IESR records is currently under...read full entry...
  • Top booksNovember 13, 2004We have released a list of the top 1000 works in WorldCat. This list is unlike some other lists in that we have consolidated the various manifestations of a work as best we can and factored that into the ranking. To do this we used our FRBR work-set algorithm with...read full entry...
  • Search and searchNovember 11, 2004Walt Crawford explains in the current Cites and Insights [pdf] how Lorcan Dempsey and Walt Crawford have been linked by www.info.com. Do a search on either of our names and you are asked do you want the other. Perhaps it is because our names co-occur on a variety of bibliographies...read full entry...
  • Metadata switch articleNovember 10, 2004Some time ago we began a portfolio project called Metadata Switch. We have recently written up a high level overview of some of this activity in the catchily titled Metadata switch: thinking about some metadata management and knowledge organization in the changing research and learning landscape [pdf]. This was a...read full entry...
  • Software as a serviceNovember 07, 2004Adam Bosworth's latest post argues that software provided as a service will be more flexible and able to evolve to meet user needs than software distributed to desktops or other scattered environments. Well this is where the comment about evolution in action comes in. Things that breed rapidly more quickly...read full entry...
  • Cornell brandNovember 07, 2004There was a snippet in today's NYT about Cornell's new logo. Searching further:"We feel -- and Cornellians have told us -- that this new logo reflects the university's rich history and academic identity, while providing a modern, clear and meaningful identifier for use in today's diverse media," Bruce said. [New...read full entry...
  • DARE and e-print frameworksNovember 06, 2004DARE is described in the current issue of Ariadne. It is one of several nationally funded initiatives looking at infrastructure for depositing, disclosing and discovering e-prints and other research outputs. The DARE programme DARE has brought together all (thirteen) Dutch Universities and three major academic institutions to create a network...read full entry...
  • Unplug and playNovember 06, 2004I find unplug and play a useful phrase in talking about service-oriented development directions. My use of it derives from Phil Wainewright's Loosely Coupled site:The progression is that web services are providing the infrastructure for service-oriented architecture, which enables enterprises to begin to assemble new composite applications by joining together...read full entry...
  • Digital Curation CentreNovember 05, 2004The Digital Curation Centre has been formally launched, having been in operation for a while now. It brings together expertise from several centres to address critical data 'curation' issues moving forward. This is a part of the ongoing discussion about what constitutes the 'record' in a digital environment, and about...read full entry...
  • Web services and library systemsNovember 04, 2004The VIEWS website is now available. VIEWS (Vendor Initiative for Enabling Web Services) is looking to advance the development of web services based approaches by organizations which supply sytems and services to libraries. OCLC is a member. VIEWS is an initiative by vendors and library service organizations launched in June...read full entry...
  • Service oriented architectures in librariesNovember 04, 2004There is a good description of why libraries should be interested in the concept of Service Oriented Architectures in Portals in libraries: library technology and planning for change, an article by Krisellen Maloney in the current ASIST Bulletin. Although the focus of the article is portals, I thought some of...read full entry...
  • Portable reading listsNovember 03, 2004Reading lists are an interesting site for discussion about interoperability between library and learning management systems, and one where one might imagine some progress given the shared interest.These are a place where library and learning management interests intersect. What requirements might one have of a reading list builder? To be...read full entry...
  • MapsNovember 03, 2004One thing that has come out of the election is a variety of interactive maps. Tim Bray drew attention to Andrew Tanenbaum's. I found the BBC's quite useful this morning for catching up on results around the country....read full entry...
  • Educause view of evolving technologies 2004November 01, 2004The new issue of Educause Review [EDUCAUSE REVIEW | November/December 2004, Volume 39, Number 6] has a section which surveys evolving technologies of 2004. They include spam management, legal P2Ps, learning objects, and the convergence of libraries, digital repositories, and web content management. The last topic picks up the theme...read full entry...