March 2005 has 30 entries

  • Taking a breakMarch 29, 2005Posts are scarce at the moment, and will be for a while, as I am on vacation. We are in Toronto visiting family. We look forward to visiting the Lilian H Smith library which has been highly recommended by cousins .......read full entry...
  • Simply search March 29, 2005My colleagues have been talking about OpenSearch from A9. Thom Hickey reports on his new blog. Is there a middle ground here? Something that is compatible with SRU, but closer to A9? Our Metasearch representative, Ralph LeVan thinks so and has offered to develop guidelines to make this happen. The...read full entry...
  • Looking backMarch 23, 2005I have just spent a little time on the very useful-for-the-nostalgic Google Groups seeing if I could find a record of an event in the early nineties (I must be getting old ...). I was unsuccessful. In the process, I did come across a great lost URL ;-) The BUBL...read full entry...
  • A utopian place of criticismMarch 23, 2005I used two quotes in a (long) article written some time ago of which I am reminded from time to time. Technologists understand that they must build more stable and unobtrusive media. They must establish more coherent contexts into which the technology may disappear. Malcolm McCullough. Abstracting craft: the practiced...read full entry...
  • Metasearch, google and the restMarch 20, 2005How quickly things can change! Last year there were discussions about the Google-busting potential of metasearch. How naive. This year there are discussions about the metasearch-busting potential of Google Scholar. Let us wait and see. Clearly there are various issues with metasearch: the variety of data and interfaces that has...read full entry...
  • Yahoo and FlickrMarch 20, 2005There will be a lot of discussion about Yahoo and Flickr over the next few days. There is an interesting post on Jeremy Zawodny's blog where he notes some of the characteristics of Flickr and looks forward to seeing it play a more active role within the Yahoo environment. As...read full entry...
  • MARC up?March 20, 2005Terry Willan, of Talis, has a thoughtful post on the current discussion about the relationship between MARC and XML on the xml4lib mailing list. He reminds people of the three layers in the classical library metadata stack: encoding (ISO 2709 or Z39.2), content designation (as expressed in the various MARC...read full entry...
  • From infrastructure to intrastructureMarch 19, 2005Theo van Veen writes about the National Library of the Netherlands' (KB) plans for 'renewal' of their technical infrastructure in the current issue of Dlib Magazine. This is an important article in as much as it discusses how a major national organization is looking at unifying its D2D (discovery to...read full entry...
  • Jim Gray interviews Tim BrayMarch 19, 2005Tim Bray talks about search, XML, semantic web, RDF and other things in an interview in Queue. The interviewer is Jim Gray of Microsoft Research. I wonder were the rhyming names deliberate ;-)I spent two years sitting on the Web consortium's technical architecture group, on the phone every week and...read full entry...
  • Oregon State UniversityMarch 17, 2005I tend to look at library strategic plans when they are available on the web. They are interesting indicators of where libraries think they most need to create value in coming years. I just came across the 2004 Strategic Plan [pdf] at Oregon State University. In conversations with our key...read full entry...
  • Harvesting and managing metadata collectionsMarch 17, 2005I got a note from Eric Lease Morgan that ties together a couple of recent posts. Peter Murray noted the importance to libraries of managing metadata collections potentially pulled from various sources. And as I noted a couple of days ago, my colleagues have just written about the OCLC Research...read full entry...
  • Invisible computingMarch 15, 2005The current issue of Communications of the ACM features several articles on 'invisible computing'. I have also just come across a short piece in the February 2005 issue of MIT Technology Review, Invisible computing is hard to miss. A quick search does not reveal this on the website. What it...read full entry...
  • TabsMarch 15, 2005A history of the tab by Ed Tenner in the MIT Technology Review. Apparently, it was the idea of James Newton Gunn who worked with Melvil Dewey.The modern tab was an improvement on a momentous 19th-century innovation, the index card. Libraries had previously listed their books in bound ledgers. During...read full entry...
  • Repository infrastructureMarch 15, 2005An article in the current Dlib Magazine describes how we built the OCLC Research Publications Repository. We took a lightweight modular approach which leveraged a variety of capacities to expose the repository content through a variety of routes. It contains materials going back over twenty-five years.Our repository was built using...read full entry...
  • Generation parentMarch 14, 2005Another generational reflection .... Lorcan: What's the URL? Children: Oh, we never do that - just put the name in Google .......read full entry...
  • DecisioneersMarch 13, 2005A post on Loosely Coupled offers a model of web services layers from 'routers' (the messaging layer where we tend to focus at the moment) to 'decisioneers' where business requirements are fed into the architecture. Attention is starting to shift from the lower levels of SOA -- where people argue...read full entry...
  • Reading librariesMarch 11, 2005Karen said:The current thinking in LITA is that ITAL is a member benefit and restricting it to members (and later, journal silos) is important or people won't belong to LITA. This isn't a data-driven conclusion, just how current thinking works. I have often wondered why people join and stay in...read full entry...
  • The DC DecadeMarch 08, 2005This month marks the ten year birthday for Dublin Core, which originated at a meeting in Dublin, Ohio, in March 1995. The community we affectionately described in 1995 as 'geeks, freaks, and people with sensible shoes' has grown from the 52 original workshop participants to an international community of researchers...read full entry...
  • Sharing metadataMarch 05, 2005The lightweight bibliographic apparatus of reading lists and citation managers is an important site of integration, I believe. Refshare is interesting in this context. RefShare provides subscribing institutions and universities the ability to allow users to share their Refworks database or just specific folders from their RefWorks database with other...read full entry...
  • Thinking about metadata collectionsMarch 05, 2005Peter Murray [authority record] left a comment about my The Integrated Library System that isn't piece. From my world view, there is a fifth collection type that is capturing our attention: metadata collections. Into this category goes collections of OAI-PMH harvesters (someone else's "digital collection") and selected resource lists (e.g....read full entry...
  • Guide to creating cultural heritage web servicesMarch 05, 2005From UKOLN:This guidebook provides advice on standards and best practices to organisations involved in the development of cultural heritage Web services. The content of the guidebook is based on the advice provided by the NOF-digitise Technical Advisory Service (and others) to projects funded by the NOF-digitise programme. [Good Practice Guide...read full entry...
  • Library websites againMarch 04, 2005The more I look at library websites, the more they do indeed seem to wrap a thin layer around a jumble of things which have not been designed for the web. Indeed, the individual pieces have not really been designed as a whole. Consider the not uncommon situation where a...read full entry...
  • Comparing frameworksMarch 04, 2005I have just come across a white paper produced by Sakai which compares the Sakai framework with the international ELF work. Many readers will be familiar with Sakai: The Sakai Project is a $6.8M community source software development project founded by the University of Michigan, Indiana University, MIT, Stanford, the...read full entry...
  • Music AustraliaMarch 03, 2005The National Library of Australia has innovated with federations/aggregations such as Picture Australia. Now we have Music Australia, a very nice service which provides access to Australian music resources of various types. A strong feature about the service is that it makes data work - it is possible to traverse...read full entry...
  • Storage reportMarch 03, 2005The latest in the Digital Preservation Coalition's report series is a consideration of storage technologies by the British Library staff responsible for building the British Library's Digital Object Management system. Check out the [pdf]....read full entry...
  • Pumping up the valueMarch 03, 2005As we move through changes value becomes a critical word. The values of libraries are important; the value that libraries create in a changing world must be promoted and demonstrated. If libraries are not valuable to somebody, then talking about their values does not get us very far. Discussions of...read full entry...
  • e-Learning resourceMarch 03, 2005Speaking of CETIS, they provide a set of pages that covers JISC's e-learning initiatives. In addition to programmatic stuff which may be of only local interest, they have a range of useful background and awareness materials. This site supports JISC's e-Learning Programme with news and commentary about programme developments. It...read full entry...
  • Encoding identifiers in Dublin Core and LOMMarch 03, 2005An interesting draft document which is the work of many UKOLN and CETIS hands:This document provides guidelines for encoding a number of commonly used identifiers in Dublin Core (DC) metadata [DCMI] and IEEE Learning Object Metadata (LOM) [LOM] records.[Guidelines for encoding identifiers in Dublin Core and IEEE LOM metadata]...read full entry...
  • LissadellMarch 03, 2005A third entry in a row with an Irish reference ... I recently had cause to look for Lissadell House, featured in the Yeats poem In Memory Of Eva Gore-Booth And Con Markiewicz. I was interested to find a picture (� Sligo County Library, Eccles Collection) of the House in...read full entry...
  • Books as commoditiesMarch 03, 2005We rejoice in living beside one of the branches of Columbus Metropolitan Library. We are there all the time. Walking in this morning I noticed that on the shelves where they sell surplus library books to the public they had several brown bags. Closer inspection revealed these to be bags...read full entry...