April 2005 has 26 entries

  • Making OpenURLs work hardApril 29, 2005Check out Opening up OpenURLs with autodiscovery in the latest Ariadne. Because of this, we believe a new type of information resource optimisation is now needed to help fix the problem of insufficient integration. It is no longer sufficient to work only to improve human interfaces for usability and wayfinding,...read full entry...
  • DDC summariesApril 29, 2005We made the Dewey Decimal Classification system summaries available for open use a while ago on the ResearchWorks website (the top three levels). I am not sure how widely noticed this was.The Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system uses simple decimal notation to divide recorded knowledge into 10 main classes, 100...read full entry...
  • Linking libraries and learning managementApril 28, 2005Here is a nice example of integration between library and learning environments.The University of Michigan Library provides course reserves information to the Sakai-driven campus course management system through RSS. We will discuss the system's framework, describe technical challenges, and suggest collaborative strategies for implementing a similar service. Usage statistics, user...read full entry...
  • Landscape and brandscapeApril 28, 2005Information landscape was a term used in various conversations some time ago to refer to the idea of a set of resources organized around user interests rather than around the characteristics of supply. For example, an information landscape might be a personalized selection of information resources delivered within a metasearch...read full entry...
  • The University of Sunderland's web presenceApril 27, 2005The home page of the University of Sunderland made an immediate impact on me. Part of the text says that it is a 'dynamic modern university'. The immediate web impact is in line with that message. If that is what they wanted to convey, they succeeded - with this reader...read full entry...
  • Sending out r�sum�s in PDFApril 26, 2005The Daring Fireball post "Translation From PR-Speak to English of Selected Portions of Adobe's `FAQ' Regarding Their Acquisition of Macromedia" has been widely noticed. But that does not mean that it cannot be noted here. My favorite line "Please also note that PDF is an excellent format for sending out...read full entry...
  • Hwaet!April 25, 2005My colleague Thom Hickey has a short article in the current OCLC Newsletter expanding on our experiments with the Beowulf Cluster to speed up processing. We obtained the machine to investigate parallel text searching. At OCLC we have always searched our databases in parallel, but in as few pieces as...read full entry...
  • Desert Island DiscsApril 25, 2005Desert Island Discs is a longrunning popular programme on BBC Radio 4. A guest shares details of the eight records they would take with them to a desert island. They also tell the audience about the book they would take with them, and a luxury. When Emmylou Harris was on...read full entry...
  • Reeling and writhingApril 24, 2005There was some comment on the post I did about library journals a while ago. My concern was about impact: we go on about how much library skills and experience have to contribute but we ensure that the documentary record of those skills and that experience is buried in niche,...read full entry...
  • Network-external and network-internalApril 24, 2005I have just written the following for other purposes: The library community is engaged in a difficult transition: from a network-external organization to a network-internal organization. In the former case, the library makes some services available on the network, but the network remains external to how it organizes itself; in...read full entry...
  • Which environment?April 24, 2005We are used to thinking about the user in the library environment. This will continue to be important. A major part of our challenge moving forward is thinking about the library in the user environment. The user is increasingly a network person, who may move through several environments....read full entry...
  • Repositories ain't what they used to be ...April 22, 2005Repository is one of those words which needs to be accompanied by a qualification: just what do you mean in this context by repository? We are moving away from thinking about a repository as a 'bucket' into which we pour content. And towards a sense of repository as a set...read full entry...
  • SOA Reference ModelApril 21, 2005This may be of interest in the context of general discussion of Service Oriented Architectures:In February 2005 OASIS formed the SOA-RM TC (Service Oriented Architecture Reference Model Technical Committee) and assigned it the responsibility of developing an SOA Reference Model. The reference model will not be tied to any particular...read full entry...
  • eBrandApril 21, 2005The BBC reports a study which shows that eBay is the most popular brand on the web, followed by Google, Yahoo, Sony, and HP. The least popular brands, according to the study, are McDonalds and Coca Cola. The news report does not make it clear what population was surveyed: it...read full entry...
  • Learn, click, buyApril 18, 2005I was interested to see the following on the Amazon Web Services blog:Concord USA has developed and released, free-of-charge, an Amazon course item module for colleges and schools that use the learning management system from Blackboard Inc. This module allows course developers to include books and other items from amazon.com...read full entry...
  • Thinking about the G5April 16, 2005Here are some random thoughts abot the Google library digitization discussions ....If large amounts of the G5 library collections are digitized, indexed and searchable then we have an index to books in all library collections. This initiative potentially improves access to all library collections, provided we have good ways of...read full entry...
  • Services for intermediate consumersApril 13, 2005Google, Yahoo!, Amazon .... For many these services are the first and last resort of research. They exercise a major gravitational pull on users [*]. We are rightly preoccupied with their impact on library services. A major reason for this is because we recognize that increasingly these are the windows...read full entry...
  • On Google Scholar and library instructionApril 13, 2005On Google Scholar is one of my more consulted RSS feeds. I like the mix of useful pointers and light but firm editorializing. A post on the recent ACRL conference steps out from this mode a little with a longish commentary. In the light of my comments here about library...read full entry...
  • Off-web and on-webApril 12, 2005Andy Powell writes [pdf] about potential points of contact between the range of information resources managed by JISC in the UK and the major search engines on the open web. Interestingly, much has happened between the end of last year when this was made available and now. Google Scholar is...read full entry...
  • Library collections viewed systemicallyApril 11, 2005OCLC Research has been doing quite a bit of work on collection analysis in the last couple of years: mining Worldcat for management intelligence about the characteristics of libary collections. One strand of this work was reported at the recent CNI meeting under the title 'A System-Wide View of Library...read full entry...
  • Aura again: habent sua fata libelliApril 10, 2005This post continues the discussion of aura, digitization and 'mechanical reproduction' initiated below, and relates it to remarks of Fintan O'Toole reported in another post. JD is right to suggest that aura is about more than uniqueness. It is about the 'historic testimony' of the object, the traces it bears...read full entry...
  • The Annotated TimesApril 10, 2005Blogrunner has an interesting service where they integrate blog commentary with the New York Times: The Annotated New York Times. Paul Krugman appears to be the most commented upon author at the moment. Spotted in John Naughton's Memex 1.1....read full entry...
  • Quotes about order and disorderApril 10, 2005Order seems very much a part of the public perception of the library, often counterposed to the potential disorder of the materials themselves. I was struck by this looking at recent entries. I mention aura below. I plan to come back to Benjamin's discussion of aura in a future post,...read full entry...
  • Public libraries in DublinApril 07, 2005Fintan O'Toole has a wonderful essay on the public library in The university of the people: celebrating Irish public libraries. He calls it: "Reading, writing and rebelling: growing up with public libraries". Unfortunately, it does not appear to be on the web. The whole eight pages is almost worth quoting!...read full entry...
  • Aura and digitizationApril 06, 2005Writing here about the digitization initiatives in the "Google 5" libraries a while ago I referred to aura:Walter 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...read full entry...
  • Systems in the network worldApril 06, 2005The last year has really made it clear that library systems sit in a broader network environment. The emerging integration challenge is integration with the systems environment of the user. This makes it more important to think about the broader network systems environment. As I look at that broader environment,...read full entry...