August 2005 has 44 entries

  • Repository services for non-affiliated researchersAugust 29, 2005The British Library and the National Library of Australia are each involved in national Institutional Repository initiatives. These are Sherpa and Arrow, respectively. In each case, their role includes, among other things, providing a home for materials from independent researchers, those who will not have an institutional home for their...read full entry...
  • Metasearch: a boundary caseAugust 29, 2005A couple of metasearch reports have been recently released. One, carried out as part of an NSDL project at the California Digital Library, proposes 'approaches, principles and practices' which might be applied by anybody evaluating integrated search options [pdf]. The second, the RLG Metasearch Survey Report, discusses member experiences and...read full entry...
  • Weaving commentary into NewsweekAugust 29, 2005I was interested to see Newsweek integrate blog commentary in a partnership with Technorati. Dave Sifry describes the relationship in a post:I'm proud to announce that Technorati and Newsweek are working together, including a deep integration of posts and links from bloggers (here's an example) into Newsweek's site. This includes...read full entry...
  • National Library of Australia - staff papersAugust 28, 2005The National Library of Australia provides search and browse (by year of publication) access to papers by its staff. It reaches back as far as 1995. This is really a nice resource, consolidating a useful range of papers, both as a current resource (NLA has been an innovator in several...read full entry...
  • AJAX August 28, 2005Ajax buzz continues to be high. And Thom continues to write about implementation experience, in this case looking at how one might work with standard protocol exchanges with SRU. The initial impetus for changing to AJAX for Web applications is to improve the user experience by avoiding screen refreshes and...read full entry...
  • BL LabsAugust 28, 2005I note that the British Library ('the world's knowledge') has a labs page at labs.bl.uk to report on pilot activities. There is some information here about in-progress work with SRU/W, selective disclosure to search engines, research repository services, and others. Welcome to British Library eIS Architecture Pilot Services. This site...read full entry...
  • From web page to web platformAugust 25, 2005A brief Cnet article broadly reviews some current developments as companies develop more platform services: making data and services available through programmatic interfaces so that they can be recombined within other applications. eBay, for example, already gets more than 20 percent of its listings via programs created by outsiders to...read full entry...
  • Simpler spellingAugust 25, 2005Whenever I write something in Word, it will still usually suggest several spelling changes where I have used centre or some other version with which the US spell-checker is unfamiliar. I notice from that invaluable resource that Melvil Dewey - spelling reformer as well as library innovator - is responsible...read full entry...
  • Simpler searchAugust 25, 2005One of the observations over time wrt library standards -- I am thinking mainly of protocols -- has been that we have overdesigned, ending up with solutions that are complex enough to cater for every last case, but are not simple enough to be widely adopted. For this reason, they...read full entry...
  • Desktops againAugust 22, 2005I write about intrastructure below, to refer to emerging ways of tying together data and applications in simple ways. RSS is an example, and we have seen a growth in the use of FireFox extensions, toolbars, and so on. I wrote:There is a danger that the desktop will become too...read full entry...
  • Never mind the quality, feel the widthAugust 22, 2005What should an excellent research library look like in 2015? Indeed, what would it mean to be a 'top 20' research library. The answer is not straightforward, but it is something that one library has been asked to think about. The University of Manchester is a new creation, built from...read full entry...
  • UIUC blogsAugust 21, 2005My favorite course in library school was children's literature, taught by Pat Donlon, the former National Librarian of Ireland. Having said that, I did not come across our (current) favorite children's author, Mairi Hederwick, until several years later when I was looking in the bookstore in Edinburgh Airport for something...read full entry...
  • Vernaculars of learningAugust 18, 2005New learning environments for the 21st Century, a presentation by John Seely Brown, is worth a look [pdf]. There are lots of suggestive moments. He looks at the learning and the learning environments of network people. "Today's digitally experienced students learn differently and have new vernaculars." These include the languages...read full entry...
  • What's the catalog forAugust 18, 2005David Weinberger noted Tim Bray's nice post about the Bodleian a while ago. He discussed the catalog and went on to say:So, for fifteen years a catalog was useful for browsing for books you did not know existed. After that, the catalog reverted to being a tool for inventorying stock...read full entry...
  • iPods, platforms and ecosystemsAugust 18, 2005There is an interesting article in Forbes suggesting that the closed approach that Apple is taking with iTunes and the iPod will lead to their decline. In an ecosystem, all the players share some key components. Devices that can read the Windows version of digital music (WMA) all share the...read full entry...
  • Digital Curation CentreAugust 18, 2005The Digital Curation Center, still in early days, looks as if it will be a valuable repository of materials. See for example the instalments planned (one has been completed!) for the Curation Manual. There is an overview of the DCC approach to digital curation, which is defined thus:Digital curation, broadly...read full entry...
  • I can't get no ...August 17, 2005Satisficing is a term associated with Herbert Simon, which refers to activity which aims to achieve a good enough end, not necessarily the best end. There do not seem to be corresponding nouns. Here are two suggestions, which can be used depending on perspective ;-) satisfiction satisvictory...read full entry...
  • RecombinanceAugust 16, 2005Dan Farber writes:Martin refers to what I'm calling the recombinant Web (I'm probably not the first to utter the phrase) as Web mash-ups in his story. It's not exactly the same as the music-related definition of mashing together a few pre-existing songs into something new, but it has the same...read full entry...
  • GLAM peopleAugust 16, 2005Some years ago, I worked with a group assembled by the relevant part of the European Commission to work on ideas about overlap between libraries, museums and archives. As the poet said, 'the words of things entangle and confuse'. We spent a long time discussing words and what was meant...read full entry...
  • The British LibraryAugust 15, 2005Colin St John Wilson, the architect of the British Library building wrote that he hoped that the library and its court yard would become a social assembly place and rendezvous point, particularly as the King's Cross area is opened up by the arrival of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. We...read full entry...
  • TecheologyAugust 14, 2005I coined techeology a while ago to talk about a particular phenomenon that is quite strong in our space. It is formed from a conflation of technology and ideology. And I use it where it seems that ideology, rather than engineering or identified requirements, is driving a technical discussion. Conversations...read full entry...
  • Austen, globalization and FRBRAugust 13, 2005We just saw Bride and Prejudice, Pride and Prejudice recast in contemporary Amritsar, London and Los Angeles. Bollywood meets Hollywood was the tagline. The most interesting and telling shift for me was that Elizabeth Bennett's suitor, the fussy clergyman Mr Collins, who represented financial and social security, was updated here...read full entry...
  • Standing and brandingAugust 13, 2005In an article in the current Wilson Quarterly the author refers to London's University College. This formulation is perhaps a symptom of the branding problem that University College London faces and is trying to overcome. The topic is discussed by John Sutherland in the Guardian. And it is interesting to...read full entry...
  • Tim O'Reilly on Google Print for LibrariesAugust 13, 2005There is a long posting on the O'Reilly Radar site bringing together some of Tim O'Reilly's thoughts on Google and the publishers. It is interesting to remember that Tim O'Reilly is a publisher while reading it. Google Library vs. Publishers">Publishers have been stalling for years in getting their content online....read full entry...
  • PauseAugust 12, 2005I note that the Google Print Library program is being paused. It will be interesting to see what happens next: play, rewind, fast forward ...? Adam Smith writes in the Google Blog:We think most publishers and authors will choose to participate in the publisher program in order introduce their work...read full entry...
  • A billion holdingsAugust 11, 2005The OCLC website is now carrying details of the billionth holding in WorldCat. It was entered by Worthington Libraries for The Monkees: the day-by-day story of the '60s TV pop sensation There are more details on the WorldCat page, including a list of libraries who contributed holdings on either side...read full entry...
  • GenderAugust 11, 2005A couple of things of late about gender differences on the web. Researchers at the University of Glamorgan have been looking at the relative appeal of websites to men and women:"We started off by looking at the personal websites created by 60 university students, 30 male and 30 female, to...read full entry...
  • RSS, Mozilla and mortalsAugust 11, 2005Dan Farber interviews Chris Hoffman, Director of Engineering at the Mozilla Foundation. The headline says that Mozilla wants to make RSS usable by 'mere mortals'.He said that he doesn't have plans for blogging or wiki projects, but that the Mozilla Foundation is looking at developing a next generation of communications...read full entry...
  • Open sourcingAugust 10, 2005Spotted a while ago on a vendor t-shirt at a conference: 'we help make open source affordable' ;-) Whatever about using other people's code, we have not found it as straightforward as we had expected making our own code available to others. Which license to chose? How to reduce the...read full entry...
  • Texting mapsAugust 10, 2005A nifty feature on Google Maps allows you to add your own text to the 'address balloon'. Put the text you want between brackets after the location details you enter in the search box. For example: 6565 frantz rd, Dublin OH 43017-3395 (Here is OCLC) Via CIE Thoughts....read full entry...
  • Ranking and interestingnessAugust 09, 2005One of the notable things about Google Scholar is the citation-based ranking. There was some discussion recently about how Google was looking at new ways of ranking news articles, in part based on reputational characteristics of the source of the news. Now Flickr has announced its work on interestingness:The other...read full entry...
  • Weibel linesAugust 08, 2005My colleague Stu Weibel contributed a nice retrospective on metadata to the recent ten year anniversary issue of D-Lib Magazine. Apt, as the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative with which Stu has been so strongly associated also celebrated its tenth birthday earlier this year. Readers might also be interested to know...read full entry...
  • Sound metadataAugust 08, 2005The introduction of Yahoo! Audio Search has alerted us to the benefits of putting metadata in the audio files we make available. (Most of these are talks in our Distinguished Seminar Series.) Something to do moving forward. See the Catalogablog post on MP3 and metadata here....read full entry...
  • A pedestrian search serviceAugust 08, 2005According to a Wired story A9's street-level picturing exercise seems to be creating value for users.They also offer context. Caro-Brice thinks users will end up using A9.com for apartment hunting, for example, and for locating desirable neighborhoods and green spaces. Also, users would never again fret over booking their elderly...read full entry...
  • Library logistics (again)August 07, 2005I have suggested in these pages that logistics is a central part of what we do. Logistics is about moving information, materials and services through a network cost-effectively. Resource sharing is supported by a library logistics apparatus. The emerging e-resource discovery to delivery chain, tied together with resolution services, is...read full entry...
  • New lookAugust 07, 2005Check out the new look interface to Find in a library. See, for example, the (current) page for Information rules. I like the way it highlights subjects and other editions. IMHO one of the major features of OpenWorldCat is the way it is beginning to release the value of the...read full entry...
  • Libraries and the public sphereAugust 07, 2005For Habermas, the public sphere is the arena in which public opinion is formed, independent of economic or government influence. The public sphere depends on the flow of information and the ability to debate rationally. And so it may be variably realized depending on the governing regime: Habermas advances a...read full entry...
  • Paul Graham - what business can learn from open sourceAugust 05, 2005Typically readable recent essay:So these, I think, are the three big lessons open source and blogging have to teach business: (1) that people work harder on stuff they like, (2) that the standard office environment is very unproductive, and (3) that bottom-up often works better than top-down. [What Business Can...read full entry...
  • Managing assets at IntelAugust 05, 2005Intel wants its developers to spend their time creating value, not to waste it looking for things they need to get their work done. After a false start six years ago, the chip maker now estimates that for every $1 it spends on metadata management, it saves $6. [Sidebar: Intel...read full entry...
  • From sucks to rocks: FlickrAugust 04, 2005The Flickr Blog apologies for recent hiccups, and earns plaudits from users for so doing:We'd like to apologize. The last few weeks have been pretty brutal for the Flickr team. Switching hardware platforms on a live site with hundreds of moving parts that's serving thousands of requests each second (literally)...read full entry...
  • The collective collectionAugust 04, 2005There is an interesting piece in the current Update about Chemistry collections in the UK in the light of some recent high profile closures - of both chemistry departments and libraries. It is a practical discussion of some aspects of the growing interest in the 'collective collection'. No doubt we...read full entry...
  • Book handles againAugust 04, 2005Herbert left a comment on my note below about the Open WorldCat URL syntax, and there were a couple of comments along similar lines on Karen's FreeRangeLibrarian post. The gist was why not use the OpenURL syntax for these links. Sure .. we see OpenURL as very important moving forward...read full entry...
  • QOTDAugust 02, 2005Kierkegaard:Take away the paradox from a thinker and you have a professor. [Jonathan R�e on Kierkegaard. LRB 4 August 2005]...read full entry...
  • Book handlesAugust 02, 2005Look at the URLs in these sentences:I have spoken about the The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman several times recently. It is available in several libraries near where I live. They conform to a URL syntax that OCLC has just published (details here) that will be supported consistently. This...read full entry...