December 2004 has 29 entries

  • Fielded search and citation ranking in Google ScholarDecember 30, 2004The introduction of a limited fielded search in Google Scholar has been noted in several places. I mention below the apparent role of citation in ranking. Together, these are interesting as they are responsive to the particular characteristics of the materials in Scholar and are a departure from the general...read full entry...
  • Preservation bulletinDecember 30, 2004Michael Day and Gerard Clifton do their usual thorough job with Issue Number 9 of the What's new in digital preservation bulletin. This is a very valuable resource, which would be even more so if it were made available as an RSS feed....read full entry...
  • Powerpoint points: access, preservation and identityDecember 29, 2004People have different styles with powerpoint presentations. Mine tend to be developed close to presentation and to be somewhat elliptical: points to keep me on course. Others are more carefully plotted narratives. Nevertheless, I find that quickly looking through a conference or workshop program of presentations can give quite a...read full entry...
  • Looking ahead and rankingDecember 29, 2004John Battelle's predictions for search, rss, blogs and other stuff for 2005 are an interesting read. My eye was caught by number 7:7. Yahoo and Google will both test systems that combine local merchant inventory information with search, so that merchants can use search as a direct sales channel. By...read full entry...
  • RSS and journal TOCsDecember 28, 2004Leigh Dodds reports that Ingenta is delivering TOC data using RSS. The Tony Hammond article linked to has been widely noted. To be precise: in excess of 20,000 new RSS feeds containing the latest table of contents data for the academic journals that are still being actively loaded into our...read full entry...
  • Amazon web servicesDecember 26, 2004A growing number of businesses are building out on top of the Amazon platform. A couple of interesting discussions of this trend are noted here, one which draws comparisons to Google, the other with eBay. An article in MIT Technology Review:While companies such as Google and Microsoft are also experimenting...read full entry...
  • Generation so-not-youDecember 26, 2004Christmas morning ... Lorcan: let's read the instructions first ... Children: gone ......read full entry...
  • U Winnipeg websiteDecember 23, 2004The University of Winnipeg Library and Information Services website is one of the most engaging I have seen for a while. Others might learn from it. The colors, layout and logo are bright and fresh. The central panel displays library news; a flow of news means it is not static.It...read full entry...
  • Services on the networkDecember 22, 2004Several posts ago, I suggested that on the network everything is a service. I have said this at a couple of meetings recently, and registered some blank expressions. A part of this is that the specialised sense of service (an interface to functionality on the network) is not the first...read full entry...
  • Multiple intersections with behavior and lifestyleDecember 20, 2004I ran across several apparently unrelated things recently: The Wall St Journal reports that Ray Charles' Genius loves company was strongly assisted to a No 2 chart spot by sales in Starbuck's (September 9, 2004; Page B3). In fact Starbuck's accounted for 30% of its sales. The story quoted a...read full entry...
  • Desktop frameworksDecember 19, 2004Writing about intrastructure below, I suggested that a large gap in our current environment was for integrating desktop frameworks. Bill Olivier has an overview presentation [ppt] about component-based development in e-learning where he talks about this need. He identifies the following starting points: NetBeans/eclipse/JSR 198, Mozilla, Chandler, and Lionshare....read full entry...
  • Comments and spamDecember 18, 2004We have turned off commenting in the light of heavy spam traffic in the last couple of weeks. Hope to turn it back on when we have a good way of dealing with this irritating issue. No Need to Click Here - I'm just claiming my feed at Feedster...read full entry...
  • Southampton: research supportDecember 15, 2004The University of Southampton Library reports on a survey of its staff about their research support needs.Working through researchers' comments, it was clear that an overwhelming requirement was for more e-Journals, but also clear was that many respondents were not aware of the depth of the Library's existing support for...read full entry...
  • Managing metadata crosswalksDecember 15, 2004My colleagues describe an approach to managing metadata crosswalks in the current issue of D-Lib Magazine. This paper proposes a model for metadata crosswalks that associates three pieces of information: the crosswalk, the source metadata standard, and the target metadata standard, each of which may have a machine-readable encoding and...read full entry...
  • More on intrastructureDecember 14, 2004Brian Nielsen gave a nice presentation about the use of RefWorks at Northwestern at the CNI Taskforce meeting in Portland just passed. He spoke about interaction between Refworks and their learning management system. There was a good discussion afterwards. Some of the focus was on moving data between systems, and...read full entry...
  • Aura, Google Print and digitized library booksDecember 14, 2004Walter Benjamin famously asserted that "that which withers in the age of mechanical reproduction is the aura of the work of art". In his terms, the aura is that which is original or authentic about a work. Aura depends on the position of a work within a tradition and its...read full entry...
  • More on standardsDecember 12, 2004Further to my note on standards below, Jon Udell has some interesting remarks on standards of interest to us in a recent post. I was reminded of the twin themes of this column -- digital identity and the semantic web -- when Sean McGrath pointed to John Sowa's essay The...read full entry...
  • Standards and high acronymic densityDecember 12, 2004As more activity enters a network space, the need for well-understood approaches to data and service interchange increases. This has led to a high, and growing, acronymic density in discussion. It also leads to some confusion for practitioners, as many standards (or specifications) discussions are 'techeological' in nature: technology is...read full entry...
  • Pride and prejudiceDecember 09, 2004Pride and prejudice tops fiction list:Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's salty-tongued commentary on the plight of women in the 19th century, perhaps best known today for providing Colin Firth with the opportunity to pose in a wet shirt in front of many grateful viewers, has won the Women's Watershed Fiction...read full entry...
  • Stitching services into user environments - intrastructureDecember 09, 2004The Google Scholar discussions have underlined the emerging importance of the desktop (or, rather, the browser) as a venue of integration. The discussion of toolbars, FireFox extensions, bookmarklets and RSS feeds highlights the growing availability of desktop tools for interaction and integration. We could call these 'intrastructure'. They tie together...read full entry...
  • Samuel Pepys is bloggingDecember 08, 2004In a delightful conceit, Phil Gyford presents Samuel Pepys diary in the form of a blog. This site is a presentation of the diaries of Samuel Pepys, the renowned 17th century diarist who lived in London, England (read more about him). A new entry written by Pepys will be published...read full entry...
  • CitingDecember 08, 2004Google and Amazon have each made citations more visible in recent weeks. It has been widely noted that Google Scholar will often disappoint users by providing a [citation] entry that does not resolve to an actual document. Less remarked is the very welcome ability to be able to follow a...read full entry...
  • TBL at SouthamptonDecember 05, 2004Tim Berners-Lee is to take up a chair at the University of Southampton in parallel with his MIT appointment. Electronics and Computer Science, where the chair is, has been developing a strong presence in semantic web and related work. 'Tim's appointment is a fantastic boost to our work here in...read full entry...
  • Catalog searchDecember 04, 2004Providing service at the point of need is a growing emphasis for service providers on the network. Why is there not a searchbox for the library catalog available on every library homepage? It would be nice to have it elsewhere also, but surely it should be at least be very...read full entry...
  • Real retrievalDecember 02, 2004A colleague pointed me to an interview with Google's vice-president of engineering, Urs Hölzle. It may not have much new in it but is a good overview. I was struck by the following paragraph:The job is not helped by the nature of the Web. "In academia," said Hölzle, "the information...read full entry...
  • UC Office of scholarly communicationDecember 01, 2004The California Digital Library hosts the UC Office of Scholarly Communication which usefully brings together some materials on its website. UC's California Digital Library establishes an Office of Scholarly Communication in response to: the continuing economic crises in scholarly communication and the growing concern about the impacts; the broadening desire...read full entry...
  • The people's networkDecember 01, 2004An evaluation of the UK People's Network has been published. The People's Network, a €120 million lottery-funded project to connect all 4200 libraries to the internet, represents the biggest single investment in the 150-year history of the public library service and a significant supplement to local authorities' existing annual library...read full entry...
  • The word ...December 01, 2004Merriam-Webster said "blog" headed the list of most looked-up terms on its site during the last twelve months. [BBC NEWS | Technology | Why 2004 was the year of the blog]...read full entry...
  • Digital natives and digital immigrantsDecember 01, 2004An Ecar report contains findings of a survey of students at several universities. It looks at use of technologies in learning, and more generally. They quote a distinction made by Marc Prensky between digital natives (who grew up with the technology) and digital immigrants (who did not). The findings are...read full entry...