June 2005 has 33 entries

  • Libraries, maps and platformsJune 27, 2005Thom previews Mike Teets' library mapping demo on the evolving Product works page. This page will be enhanced in coming weeks to showcase various of the ongoing initiatives which will find their way into OCLC services. Google Maps seems to have sparked a growing interest in location-based services, partly because...read full entry...
  • Subscribe is the new searchJune 27, 2005Well maybe a bit of an exxaggeration ... ... but it is interesting reading the Microsoft discussion about how subscribe has joined browse and search as modes of interaction. This seems to be resonating, for reasons which will be clear to anybody who has set up watchlists in Technorati or...read full entry...
  • Keeping the noise downJune 25, 2005A silent disco at Glastonbury Festival!There was no music coming from the speakers - but the clubbers were all equipped with cordless headphones to let them tune into the music, able to choose between two DJs and control their own volume. [BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Glastonbury keeps the noise...read full entry...
  • Library system consolidationJune 25, 2005Some discussion about the SirsiDynyix merger from a UK and a French perspective. Each notes the commentary in Peter Evans' useful resource Biblio Tech Review....read full entry...
  • In the flowJune 24, 2005Workflow is important. We often think of the network as multiple individual opportunities: a mass of websites. However, just as we increasingly work, learn, research, and play in a network environment, so will services evolve to reduce effort and improve effectiveness. These services will support flow construction and resource integration...read full entry...
  • Side by side searching for LorcanJune 23, 2005I may have to switch to Yahoo! Search as my default search engine. Searching in Twingine for lorcan puts me as the number one Lorcan in Yahoo! and the number two in Google ;-) Twingine allows you to search Google and Yahoo! Search at the same time. It brings each...read full entry...
  • Really writingJune 23, 2005And while talking about writing, here's Dervala again:And that's why engineers are reliable teachers of business writing. They're not paid to make up words. They're not afraid to commit to the end of a sentence. They care about efficiency and elegance, and see them as related. They get excited about...read full entry...
  • OCLC BlogsJune 23, 2005I usually don't talk about library blogs and blogging. However, it would be strange not to note Jenny Levine's reflective, pointed and kind comments about blogs by OCLC staff. I often think that it is a pity that the Cluetrain Manifesto is presented in such a way as to appeal...read full entry...
  • Rewarding experiencesJune 22, 2005It is nice to note a couple of recent awards. Thom describes the results of our first software contest. First, because we intend to run it again next year.Dazhi (David) Jiao of Bloomington Indiana won for his OPAC (sorry if that link isn't working, David is moving it to a...read full entry...
  • Yes, an Irish [high]school education ....June 22, 2005.... was very much like this. [Note: non-Irish readers will have to read the above post to fully understand the rest of this one.] The "perceived prestige of high points requirements" that is described was very real. With a decisiveness that has marked my subsequent career ;-), I switched successively...read full entry...
  • University websitesJune 20, 2005There is an interesting short piece in The Guardian about [high] school student responses to university websites. Too many clicks and you've lost them. Nowhere is the culture clash between today's sixth formers and the universities trying to recruit them greater than in academic websites....... Students were given exactly a...read full entry...
  • To integrate, disintegrateJune 20, 2005I liked this characterization of Eric Lease Morgan's Top Tech Trend number five on BiblioAcid:Pour vous int�grer, d�sint�grez votre site web [BiblioAcid: Pour vous int�grer, d�sint�grez votre site web]Eric's list is a nice one. I was also drawn to his trend number five as it is another example of what...read full entry...
  • The one-stop-shop that isn'tJune 20, 2005When talking about a well-defined, discrete problem, maybe one-stop-shop expresses a useful notion. Or when the entry point is so wide as to seem comprehensive .. as with Amazon or Google. However, we are more often dealing with situations which fall between these poles. And there, one-stop-shop more often seems...read full entry...
  • The recordJune 20, 2005I was interested to see a link to a story about Stanford on the Sun website: Building a digital library: digitizing 8 million volumes. The story is available as video in the Sun Feedroom. The Stanford story is the Sun News item for 06/03 (I couldn't immediately see how to...read full entry...
  • A Friday afternoon message ...June 20, 2005Yes, I know it's Monday ... From the website of web-hosting company TextDrive:We have no photographs of our CEO strutting past server racks, or of women in telephone headsets ready to take your call, but we hope you'll consider joining us all the same. [TextDrive]Now, I am not in the...read full entry...
  • The participation ageJune 20, 2005One of the interesting things about the major current web platforms - eBay, Amazon, Google, Yahoo! - is that they involve, in different ways, some element of co-creation by their users. We are also seeing an explosion in tools and services for social networking, information sharing and disclosure, and commentary....read full entry...
  • Book sales - making data workJune 20, 2005Tim O'Reilly uses aggregate tech book sales data as a trend indicator. He is looking at the relative 'popularity' of programming languages. Last year at OScon, I gave a presentation entitled What Book Sales Tell Us About the State of the Tech Industry. One of the conclusions I drew was...read full entry...
  • Greasemonkey, Silkworm and xISBNJune 19, 2005xISBN is another web service we provide. It takes an ISBN of an item as input and returns ISBNs for other items in the same work-set. So, it is a way of finding ISBNs for multiple editions, translations or other versions of the same work. It has proven to be...read full entry...
  • Bibliographic web servicesJune 18, 2005We have been experimenting for some time with web services in a research mode to deliver 'loosely coupled' bibliographic services. The idea is to be able to embed relevant services in a variety of different environments. Thom discusses our work with the LC name authority file. The aim here was...read full entry...
  • Who took that picture?June 18, 2005An interesting news story about how photo labs are refusing to print certain jobs for fear of infringing copyright. They are worried that some materials presented may be scanned or otherwise acquired in unauthorized ways from professional work.Copyright law requires photo labs to be on the lookout for portraits and...read full entry...
  • Standardising library processesJune 18, 2005A colleague pointed me to Thomas Davenport's article in the current Harvard Business Review (June 2005. pp 101-108): The coming commoditization of business processes. He suggests:Firms seek to standardize processes for several important reasons. Within a company, standardization can facilitate communications about how the business operates, enable smooth handoffs across...read full entry...
  • Selling booksJune 18, 2005I was talking to a rare books seller recently about the changing nature of his business. The larger part of his sales are now made on the web, through such services as ABEBooks, Alibris, and for some things, eBay. This raises an interesting inventory issue. In his walkin-in store, books...read full entry...
  • Digital DelftJune 14, 2005From the 2003 Annual Report of the TU Delft Library:At the TU Delft Library, we have made a decisive choice for digitalisation. This means that wherever possible we will offer E-only services. Only if digital resources are not possible, will we also offer physical services. [pdf] Heading out in the...read full entry...
  • New beta TechnoratiJune 12, 2005The new Technorati, now in Beta, is a major step forward for blog search services. It pulls in data from flickr, furl, delicious. It ranks books, movies, blogs, and news stories by number of blog mentions. It highlights searches by tag (still thinking about tags). Again, what impresses about the...read full entry...
  • Balancing actJune 12, 2005Anne Wolpert characterizes the current situation of research libraries:In describing the state of the MIT Libraries in the 21 st century, we sometimes humorously characterize our situation as having "one foot on the dock, and one foot in the dinghy." Considerable amounts of time, energy, and resources are dedicated to...read full entry...
  • Reading meets social softwareJune 12, 2005In an excerpt below, Nick Hornby argues that a person's bookshelves reveal much about them, in fact, he claims, they are the 'fullest expression of self'. Somebody else is thinking along the same lines ... ConnectViaBooks is a social networking service based on reading affinities.In our experience, the books we...read full entry...
  • Repositories again June 09, 2005The presentations from the CNI/JISC/SURF meeting on Institutional Repositories have been collected here. I have mentioned a couple of these, or versions of them, before. However, taken together this is a focused overview of developments in the institutional repository space, straddling technical and policy issues. Unusually for a workshop, each...read full entry...
  • Of portals and portletsJune 09, 2005General purpose portal frameworks are becoming widely deployed. uPortal and Oracle Portal are examples. This is turn has driven interest in portlets, and in the portlet technologies WSRP and JSR 168. A portlet is a 'pluggable' user interface to a remote service. Portlets are a means by which several 'channels'...read full entry...
  • 93 people want to start using the library ..June 08, 2005This is one of the things that is among these people's 43 things to do. Some nice comments too, if you look at what people say about this particular goal....read full entry...
  • University hosted blogsJune 06, 2005Jeremy Smith at Case reviews some university-managed blog hosting services.I spent some time this evening hunting around for other Universities that offer blog hosting services. I just wanted to check out the other digs and see how Blog@Case, in its current form, stacks up. Obviously, I can't log on to...read full entry...
  • Reputation managementJune 05, 2005I notice that The University of Birmingham has a prominent link to information about brand developments on its website. In order to maintain our competitive position against other UK and international universities we needed to communicate the University's key values more clearly, values that refer to our tradition as well...read full entry...
  • Doing web thingsJune 02, 2005I like this text from an abstract of one of the presentations at the Institutional Web Management Workshop 2005.Within any institution there are numerous individuals with a desire to publish on the Web, and have often been free to do so, free from such concerns as accessibility, usability, standards or...read full entry...
  • Firefox search extensionsJune 01, 2005I have not seen mention of the FireFox extensions for OpenWorldCat search elsewhere, so here is a note. There are extensions for Yahoo! and Google. These were developed by Mike Teets, who credits Ron Buckley with initiating the idea with related work. And yes, before somebody asks ;-), they have...read full entry...