July 2005 has 22 entries

  • BookcrossingJuly 31, 2005I came across Bookcrossing a while ago. It is a nice idea. The Guardian describes it like this:The concept is finders-keepers meets interactive virtual lending library. The rules are simple. First take a book down from your shelf. It should be one you love. (Ideally, if you ruled the world...read full entry...
  • SwikJuly 31, 2005Swik is a database of open source software. It will search for something if it doesn't already know about it. It has wiki-style capabilities for user contributed entries. Swik is a project to create a useful free-content directory for open source software. Swik was inspired by the wiki concept used...read full entry...
  • A Dewey browseJuly 30, 2005I am very pleased to see the DeweyBrowser appear on our ResearchWorks page. Thom trailed its appearance a while ago and had discussed some technical context. There is some more information on a background page. We have brought it up over a collection of eBooks extracted from WorldCat; we will...read full entry...
  • Forgotten your password?July 29, 2005I sometimes find it hard to understand why we don't have better identity management solutions given the pain we and the organizations we work for suffer. Sure, there are some initiatives which may help but none that is going to be widely deployed today or tomorrow. From the Financial Times:Industry...read full entry...
  • TrackbacksJuly 29, 2005Having come back from my travels to hundreds of spam trackbacks we have decided to disable trackback for the moment. We may turn it back on when the tools available to us to control it are better, but life is just too short to cope with the irritation it causes....read full entry...
  • Linking into flowJuly 29, 2005There has been some justifiable buzz about COinS in the last couple of days. Dan Chudnov's work log has a useful piece if you want to find out more. COinS (ContextObjects in Spans) is a simple, ad hoc community specification for publishing OpenURL references in HTML. What does it look...read full entry...
  • Moving up the value chainJuly 28, 2005I have just spent some time at home in Ireland, a country which has changed enormously in the last fifteen years. On one of the several occasions that I was sitting in Dublin airport in recent weeks I read an article in the Sunday Tribune about the challenges facing Ireland...read full entry...
  • Relatively available at the point of needJuly 28, 2005Tony Hey who has been overseeing the development of the UK e-science core program has just been appointed Vice President for technical computing at Microsoft. I have just read his review of John S. Rigden's Einstein 1905: the standard of greatness in the Times Higher, July 1 2005. The review...read full entry...
  • Books and marketsJuly 28, 2005Hal Varian has an interesting piece in today's NYT about Amazon and the impact of used book sales on new book sales. He concludes that "all in all, it looks like the used book market creates a lot more value than it destroys."Moreover, the presence of lower-priced books on the...read full entry...
  • Web services glossaryJuly 28, 2005I look at Loosely Coupled from time to time as a good place to keep up to date with industry discussions about web services and enterprise integration. A useful feature of the site is the glossary. Naturally enough, the entries are written with the interests of the site in mind....read full entry...
  • Search interfacesJuly 27, 2005Another paper from Dan Rehak. A useful comparison of machine interfaces for search. There are several available interface specifications, protocols and APIs for repository search and information retrieval. This document compares key characteristics of these to inform selection or profiling of one or more of these specifications for use within...read full entry...
  • Groningen thoughtsJuly 24, 2005The LIBER 34th Annual Conference in Groningen was a congenial event in an engaging city. LIBER, for those unfamiliar with it, is an organization which brings together European research libraries. I left thinking about three things, based on the presentations I saw and the conversations I had:Managing the collective book...read full entry...
  • Open Source and OpenURL 1.0July 18, 2005OCLC Research publishes a range of open source software, some of it quite widely used. The latest addition to this range provides resolution capability for OpenURL 1.0; see the announcement here and some description of OpenURL support here. OR open source software now includes support for SRU, OAI-PMH and OpenURL...read full entry...
  • Serving network peopleJuly 17, 2005A few months ago I was pleased to give a short presentation [ppt] over dinner at the Agnic Tenth Annual Meeting. I was looking forward to it as I had interacted with Agnic colleagues closer to the beginning of that 10 year span, and generally I like going to events...read full entry...
  • Crawling library resourcesJuly 17, 2005A colleague points me to Tony Boston's discussion of how the National Library of Australia has exposed NLA resources for crawling and indexing by search engines.The National Library of Australia is making digital copies of special collection materials available over the Internet. About 100,000 collection items including pictures, maps, sheet...read full entry...
  • Libraries and academic booksJuly 17, 2005On my travels I have been reading the weighty Books in the digital age by sociologist John B Thompson. He discusses the impact of library budgets on the publication of scholarly monographs in several places. The most important fact in explaining the decline in the sales of scholarly monographs is...read full entry...
  • Value and impactJuly 06, 2005The LASER Foundation commissioned a report [pdf]from PriceWaterhouseCoopers looking at how one might measure public library impact. The report argues that public libraries have demonstrable impact and proposes "practical and consistent approaches to measuring impact". I liked this quote from a member of the public:(My mother) finds the library a...read full entry...
  • That Reading Room againJuly 02, 2005More about the The British Museum Reading Room, which was until recently a part of the British Library - until the latter moved to its new accommodations at St Pancras. Some years ago I was asked to contribute an article to a British Library publication on digital libraries. I wanted...read full entry...
  • The Flattening ManifestoJuly 02, 2005In a couple of recent posts I have used the expression all that is solid melts into flows when talking about the impact of the network. I noted that it adapts a quotation from a well-known long term occupant of the old British Museum Reading Room. As I had been...read full entry...
  • Easing upJuly 01, 2005I am going to be travelling throughout much of July, on a mixture of vacation and presentations. I will be working my way around Ireland, the UK, and the Netherlands. So posting will likely be light. First stop is the LIBER 34th Annual Conference at the University of Groningen next...read full entry...
  • The network and the libraryJuly 01, 2005Libraries have always been nodes in networks. They have managed flows of materials into those nodes from a range of suppliers, and between nodes in resource sharing initiatives. These flows are supported by multiply configured networks - of supply and use. In the print world, library services were concentrated in...read full entry...
  • It's the DDC blogJuly 01, 2005Welcoming Jonathan Furner and 025.431: The Dewey blog. What categories are being used for entries ... let me guess ;-)...read full entry...