October 2005 has 31 entries

  • A book is a book is a book ...October 30, 2005I came across the following lines in Derek Mahon's Selected Poems this morning. They are from The Joycentenary Ode, a poem written in a Joycean idiom ...Everybaddy readsYour wooks now inUnlimited eruditions;Now maybe my ears are especially sensitized to such issues (from our FRBR work) but I wondered if we...read full entry...
  • Engaging the viewer/listenerOctober 30, 2005The BBC has been a web innovator, and has a significant international web presence. Tom Coates has a post on a current project looking at user annotation of audio. This was interesting to me for several reasons which touch very closely on current library issues. First, he briefly describes the...read full entry...
  • Gordian cluetrainOctober 30, 2005One of the themes of the Cluetrain Manifesto was that the conversation between customers was more important than managed unilateral communication from a company to customers. It then follows, it argued, that companies should enter the conversation with customers in helpful ways. Markets are conversations, it said. In that context,...read full entry...
  • A suite of library blogs October 29, 2005I just landed serendipitously on the Georgia State University page of library news and blogs. An interesting selection. More generally, I find that I expect to see news as a central part of a website. Websites that are not volatile are not worth stopping by....read full entry...
  • Reviews ... October 28, 2005I have now written two reviews in Open Worldcat.On beauty by Zadie SmithIslandbridge by John BradyIt has spurred me to think of lists of things it would be nice to read again and review. I am currently rereading one of my favorite novels as I am prompted to contribute something...read full entry...
  • Open Content AllianceOctober 26, 2005The Open Content Alliance has been meeting. Some of the discussion has been blogged here and in an earlier entry. I am also grateful to Peter for a link to the following Book presentation of background. This is available on the open library website.Last week, the Internet Archive launched Open...read full entry...
  • COinS againOctober 26, 2005I have mentioned COinS a couple of times. Dan Chudnov has a nice site which provides bookmarklets and Greasemonkey scripts which support linking to institutional resources by acting on COinS embedded in web pages. It leverages the data in OCLC's Resolver Registry:Below is a form for finding bookmarklets and greasemonkey...read full entry...
  • Nature technologyOctober 25, 2005There is an interesting presentation [ppt] by Timo Hannay of Nature Publishing Group on the UC Berkeley Database Group Seminar pages. This shows how a major publisher is thinking about what it means to be a service in a network environment. It discusses how they are looking at structure and...read full entry...
  • Bridging to user environments - 3GOctober 24, 2005Think of services provided to human interfaces as P-services - where p stands for person (or presentation). Think of services provided to machine interfaces as M-services where m stands for machine (or mediated). Our dominant model of delivery is P-service, a web interface oriented for presentation to human users. M-services...read full entry...
  • Stanford and iTunesOctober 23, 2005An interesting announcement from Stanford and Apple about making Stanford materials available on iTunes:Stanford on iTunes will provide alumni--as well as the general public--with a new and versatile way of staying connected to the university through downloads of faculty lectures, campus events, performances, book readings, music recorded by Stanford students...read full entry...
  • A laser like focusOctober 21, 2005Several people at Access 2005 asked me how I found time to do blogging. The answer is simple: a laser like focus and disciplined multitasking ... It was my birthday on Wednesday. The folks at Access kindly presented me with a cake after I spoke! I celebrated on my return....read full entry...
  • Conference, blogs and a bookOctober 20, 2005Access 2005 was a conference with a very individual flavor. The geeky concentration mixed with the more general made it a very fruitful experience. Presentations built on each other. A collegial attention to common solutions ran through the meeting. It made one feel good to be surrounded by so many...read full entry...
  • The discretion of bloggersOctober 20, 2005It is quite difficult to be private: we leave traces everywhere. What we spend, who we speak to on the phone, where we live, our credit history: it all goes into the record. I have just spoken at the very congenial Access 2005 conference, in Edmonton. The conference had active...read full entry...
  • Top 1000 worksOctober 13, 2005I am pleased to note that we have updated the OCLC Top 1000 list. This is a list of the most widely held works in WorldCat, which in turn represents the holdings of many thousands of libraries around the world. A work brings together the various editions, translations and so...read full entry...
  • Nobel prizeOctober 13, 2005I notice that Harold Pinter has won the Nobel Prize for literature. I also saw the other day a suggestion that the jury had delayed their decision amid reports of disagreement over making the award to Turkish author, Orhan Pamuk. One sometimes wonders what non-literary factors weigh in the balance...read full entry...
  • PresentationsOctober 11, 2005I often point to powerpoints or collections of conference presentations. I am going to sneak in an entry here which points to our own website where we list presentation and publications. Check out, for example, Eric Childress' recent presentation [ppt] - Pattern recognition for technical services - looking at technical...read full entry...
  • Pessimism of the intellect; optimism of the willOctober 10, 2005Peter Brantley and Dan Chudnov, as reported by Jeremy Frumkin, are concerned about the capacity of libraries to respond in changing times. See here and here for Peter and Jeremy's posts respectively. 'conversation' is one of the big Web 2.0 words and they must have interesting conversations at the California...read full entry...
  • From metasearch to distributed information environmentsOctober 09, 2005The papers from the recent NISO OpenURL and Metasearch meeting provide a very useful roundup of the state-of-the-art in the declared subject area. But they also touch on other topics facing libraries as they construct distributed information environments. Some things that lodged with me as I skimmed powerpoint:One stop shop...read full entry...
  • Authentication and authorizationOctober 09, 2005The Task Group on access management from the NISO Metasearch Intiative - chaired by my colleague Mike Teets - has made a very useful report [pdf] available. This provides a framework within which to examine existing authentication and authorization methods, and describes those methods. It encapsulates nicely current understanding of...read full entry...
  • The reader and OpenWorldCatOctober 09, 2005Well, it has arrived! Functionality has gone live in OpenWorldCat which allows us to incorporate user views of materials. Check out the details and reviews tab here, for example. We do not know how this will develop: we think it is really important to provide a central presence on the...read full entry...
  • The ping is the thingOctober 08, 2005Stories need hooks, and the Economist has one. Libraries versus conversations. Make that big-assed threaded conversations. Architecture follows metaphor, says David Sifry of Technorati, and he goes on to suggest that the search engines were built on the metaphor of the library. As librarians, Mr Sifry acknowledges, Google and Yahoo!...read full entry...
  • A decimal browseOctober 07, 2005We have added some new collections to the Dewey Browser. These are wcat, 2.2 million of the most widely held records in WorldCat, and a selection from the Abridged Edition 14 of the DDC.The wcat collection has been grouped based on the OCLC FRBR work-set algorithm and includes links to...read full entry...
  • Making data work harder - intentionallyOctober 06, 2005Much of the data that we have, or potentially might have, represents choices. Choices made by users or choices made by a service provider to meet user needs. Holdings data. Circulation data. Database usage data. In its production services, OCLC tends to use holdings data quite a bit to rank...read full entry...
  • Internet trends - and blogsOctober 06, 2005Mary Meeker of Morgan Stanley gave a presentation at Web 2.0 which has been noted in several places. It provides an interesting overview of technology takeup. [pdf] She suggests that we are moving into the two most profound cycles of the computing era: PC Internet (Broadband) and Mobile Internet. There...read full entry...
  • Corporate blogsOctober 04, 2005Chris Andersen of Wired and Long Tail fame on corporate blogs:Simply put, we're starting to trust what executives say less and what employees say more. And if given a choice, as is the case with companies that let their employees blog, we'll take the word of an articulate engineer in...read full entry...
  • Making data work - Web 2.0 and catalogsOctober 04, 2005Tim O'Reilly has just made available a suggestive piece about Web 2.0, which provides many points for the library community to ponder. One of these comes back to a concern I raise regularly in these pages: making data work harder. He is discussing the use of data, and notes how...read full entry...
  • Find nearbyOctober 04, 2005I mentioned the find in a nearby library feature in Santa Monica Public Library below, where OpenWorldCat is used to find a book in libraries within a several mile radius. This has now been extended throughout the catalog: there is a new link on every record that has a localized...read full entry...
  • Linking to OpenWorldCatOctober 03, 2005Three examples of linking to OpenWorldCat have just come over my horizon. Each represents a slightly different use, which is nice. A pilot with the Santa Monica public library catalog. Click on 'check nearby libraries' in the box on the left. An ISBN link with a zip code qualifier shows...read full entry...
  • Closing the doorsOctober 03, 2005A while ago, I reported a discussion with a used bookseller about the conflicting requirements of his online and walk-in stores. I read in the Irish Times (September 24) that Kenny's, a bookselling institution based in Galway, is to close its shop doors and go fully online. They sell Irish...read full entry...
  • BibliomysteriesOctober 03, 2005Bibliomysteries - a guide to "mysteries that have settings, plots, or substantial characters in them related to the world of books, writers, archives and libraries."...read full entry...
  • Web 2.0 againOctober 02, 2005Here are some Web 2.0 definitions. In common seem to be the idea of a platform or platforms which mobilize collective co-creation capacity, and support on-demand availability of recombinable data and services. Tim O'Reilly: Web 2.0: Compact Definition?">Web 2.0 is the network as platform, spanning all connected devices; Web 2.0...read full entry...