May 2005 has 29 entries

  • All that is solid melts into flows ....May 31, 2005Like most people ;-), I tend to think about metadata as 'schematized statements about resources': schematized because machine understandable; statements because they involve a claim about the resource by a particular agent; resource because any identifiable object may have metadata associated with it. Metadata is useful because it relieves a...read full entry...
  • Cover storyMay 31, 2005Penguin book covers are iconic. There is a nice article by Peter Campbell on the design of Penguin books in the London Review of Books. This is on the occasion of a forthcoming exhibition at the V&A [V&A press release in Word]. Market forces made the covers both livelier and...read full entry...
  • Wikis and WorldCatMay 29, 2005Thom introduces our plans to pilot a mechanism to capture user input alongside bibliographic records. This will be first introduced in Open WorldCat later this Summer.The idea is to have a Wiki that complements WorldCat. People could add reviews, cover art, comments, etc. and relate these to bibliographic records (maybe...read full entry...
  • Dewey and trivial pursuitMay 29, 2005I read Nick Hornby's The Polysyllabic Spree on a plane trip recently. It is built on a nice conceit: a month-by-month accounting of books bought and books read. My eye was caught by the following on page 128, as he wrote about some new acquisitions:But as I was finding a...read full entry...
  • TaggingMay 27, 2005For those puzzling over tags and tagging there is a useful entry on The Search Guy's WebLog:Here's an interesting fact upon which I'll base the rest of my argument: people are horribly inconsistent when assigning keywords to documents. If you give two people the same document and ask them to...read full entry...
  • StandardsMay 25, 2005NISO commissioned a Blue Ribbon Panel, chaired by Cliff Lynch, to advise on its strategic planning process. [Full disclosure: I was a member of the panel.] The report of the Panel [pdf] is now available and makes compelling reading for anybody interested in how standards work is organized - or...read full entry...
  • Preservation eventsMay 24, 2005 The PREMIS Working Group has published the Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata: Final Report of the PREMIS Working Group. Find the report and its components on the PREMIS project web page. This group was chaired by Priscilla Caplan and Rebecca Guenther and supported by Brian Lavoie and Robin Dale....read full entry...
  • A roundup of repositoriesMay 22, 2005UKOLN have made the presentations from the DELOS Digital Repositories: Interoperability and Common Services workshop available. This provides a useful roundup of repository initiatives. Depending on your perspective you might admire the interesting range of work underway, the convergence on particular technologies, and the welcome reuse of software and tools,...read full entry...
  • The challenge of research dataMay 22, 2005The curation of research data poses an interesting question for those contemplating the future of research libraries. It is another of these areas where a local response will co-evolve with developing systemwide responses, where the 'system' in qestion may be the parent institution, a disciplinary focus, a national research infrastructure,...read full entry...
  • Who is the catalog for?May 18, 2005The current discussion about the catalog and its centrality or otherwise prompt me to repeat a passage from my favorite example of the library in literature. This is from Robert Musil's The man without qualities. Chapter 100 of this novel is General Stumm invades the State Library and learns about...read full entry...
  • The user interface that isn'tMay 15, 2005Increasingly we need to think about library services in the context of the full web of user experience. This is easy to say, but it is rather more difficult to tease out what it means. One way to think about it is to think about some of the characteristics of...read full entry...
  • The prisoner and the catalogMay 15, 2005From an interview with Edward Tufte:Probably the only generalization about the Internet is that there is none, which is to say that users can have nearly any experience they desire. Internet users are not prisoners - they are responsible for their experience since they can generate nearly any experience they...read full entry...
  • Games some people play/makeMay 12, 2005An interesting story about the University of Derby has been picked up in various places. The University runs a course for games programmers. It had 108 applicants - all men! They are now trying to find ways of recruiting more women applicants. In the US efforts had been made to...read full entry...
  • BackstageMay 11, 2005Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!: they are all massive data presences on the web. In various ways, they open up access to that data through RSS and Web Services so that others can build out on top of their data, recombining it in new services. Now the BBC has taken a...read full entry...
  • Rich browsingMay 11, 2005 Eric Hellman has an interesting post in the current discussion on Web4lib about relative approaches to search by libraries and Amazoogle. He suggests that libraries should focus on browse, and leave search to those that specialize in it: I think that libraries should consider returning to their historic roots...read full entry...
  • Remixing and RSSMay 09, 2005I talk about remixing and RSS below. And along comes a nice example from Yahoo! and Apple. Powered by an RSS feed, Jeremy Zawodny's comment is "remix away"!Dashboard is a framework for building lightweight "widgets" which pull in data from a variety of sources and display them in interesting ways...read full entry...
  • Mental models of searchMay 09, 2005The usually interesting Jackob Nielsen's current alertbox is about mental models of search:Search is such a prominent part of the Web user experience that users have developed a firm mental model for how it's supposed to work. Users expect search to have three components: A box where they can type...read full entry...
  • Archiving the webMay 09, 2005The UK Web Archiving Consortium is a group of national bodies collaborating to selectively archive websites of interest. Not the complete web. They have established a test-bed activity, and a website has just been announced.Using PANDAS software, developed by the National Library of Australia, consortium members will archive sites (once...read full entry...
  • Amazon: making data workMay 07, 2005I spent a little while just now looking at Amazon's Statistically Improbable Phrases (distinctive patterns of words in a book). And at their other data mining features. I tried some books with which I am familiar. First The Rise of the Network Society by Manuel Castells. Here is the Amazon...read full entry...
  • Recombinance all the way up ... remixing all the way downMay 06, 2005I have been using recombinance quite a lot in the last year or two to talk about how network flow affects structures. You can tell that I am generationally challenged: I should be saying remixing, which is cropping up in places in the same sense. This is happening to structures...read full entry...
  • AACR3, The CODE, antelopes and documentsMay 05, 2005Barbara Tillett gave an interesting presentation [ppt] at the FRBR Workshop just finished here about FRBR and AACR3. Or should I say RDA (Resource Description and Access) which is apparently the working title for the new code. She did say that they were still open to suggestion for a new...read full entry...
  • Just how simple?May 05, 2005So, thinking about some recent posts .... In the Bosworth presentation [ppt] mentioned below, the following desirable attributes of a 'web of data' are proposed: simple, standard, sloppy, and scalable. This is based on his view of what has made the web successful. Constrain choices and keep it simple. As...read full entry...
  • Yet more RSSMay 05, 2005Our colleagues in OCLC's Marketing area have assembled links to the range of OCLC RSS feeds on a single page. This is still a work in progress and more will appear. It is very nice to see. I suppose that somebody will now suggest having a feed for this page...read full entry...
  • RSS againMay 03, 2005Peter Scott sent me a note about his useful RSS Compendium. Looks as if Peter will be active in his 'retirement' ;-)...read full entry...
  • RSS: really something significantMay 03, 2005RSS has captured the headlines ;-) There have been a couple of major ripples in recent months:A9 introduced OpenSearch, a method for exchanging searches and results between applications. RSS is the format used for results. Adam Bosworth, the influential developer currently working in a senior role at Google, delivered a...read full entry...
  • FRBR fervorMay 02, 2005FRBR in 21st Century Catalogs, a workshop on the development and application of FRBR, is underway here at OCLC as I write. Various speaker presentations are already available on the website, and others will appear in due course....read full entry...
  • Search and memoryMay 01, 2005An interesting post on Ida takes tea talks about the use of bookmarking tools - such as Furl - as a sort of memory. And further:These (perhaps unanticipated) social and cognitive attributes of web service tools tend to support John S. Rhodes' related claim that search engines such as Google...read full entry...
  • Laura BushMay 01, 2005Spotted via Scripting News:Laura Bush added that she and her husband obviously were destined to be together as a couple because "I was the librarian who spent 12 hours a day in the library and yet somehow I met George."[USATODAY.com - First lady steals show at journalists' gala]...read full entry...
  • DisorganizationMay 01, 2005From UK ThinkTank, Demos:Based on new data from polling of employees and business decision makers, Disorganisation argues that to stay organised in the deep sense of engaging their employees in a shared project, organisations may have to disorganise to allow people more freedom to express their personal values and individual...read full entry...