November 2005 has 31 entries

  • A handful of presentationsNovember 30, 2005I just noticed how out-and-about my OR colleagues have been in the last few months. Here is a note about presentations since September, pulling in a variety of things in passing. System and service architectures David Bigwood asked recently about the Microsoft Research Pane. We have been using it as...read full entry...
  • Circulating intentional dataNovember 27, 2005I have posted a couple of times recently about intentional data, data that records choices and behaviors. I mentioned holdings data, ILL records, circulation records, and database usage records. One could extend this list to any data which records an interaction or choice. We are used to looking at transaction...read full entry...
  • On Beauty and communityNovember 26, 2005I see that On Beauty is for now on top of the list of 'hot books' at the justly admired Ann Arbor District Library website. It must be because of the Open WorldCat reviews ;-) While I was there, I noticed the Director's Blog, in which there was real exchange...read full entry...
  • Geek novelsNovember 26, 2005Jack Schofield, pioneering technical journalist, and Guardian blogger, has polled his readers for their top 'geek novels'. Check out his results. Here is his top fifteen: 1. The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams 85% (102) 2. Nineteen Eighty-Four -- George Orwell 79% (92) 3. Brave New World...read full entry...
  • Best November 25, 2005I was sad to see the announcement of George Best's death. I am not a great sports fan and would only occasionally watch soccer. But growing up when George Best was playing, and playing at his peak, was to see magic. During those years he brought uplift and pleasure into...read full entry...
  • Premis prizeNovember 23, 2005The Premis Working Group has won the Digital Preservation Coalition's award for the best work in digital preservation this year. The work is for the Premis Data Dictionary. Interestingly, the award is sponsored by Paul McCartney - an appropriate song reference escapes me. Maybe 'the long and winding road'. Congratulations...read full entry...
  • Aggregate intentionsNovember 23, 2005I was interested to see the announcement about Ebsco and web services for bringing together Counter data.The wide acceptance of the Project COUNTER Code of Practice has assisted greatly in the standardization of how usage data is counted and presented. Libraries are now looking to consolidate this normalized data as...read full entry...
  • QOTDNovember 22, 2005Nicholas Carr on Dan Farber on blogging:For all the self-important talk about social networks, couldn't a case be made that the blogosphere, and the internet in general, is basically an anti-social place, a fantasy of community crowded with isolated egos pretending to connect? Sometimes, it seems like we're all climbing...read full entry...
  • Where is the web?November 21, 2005Some commentary on how the experience of the web will move from one where destinations dominate to one where lightweight client-side approaches shape presentation and consumption. This is a world where links matter more: services built on URLs, maybe Coins, .... From Darwinian Web:The explosion I am talking about is...read full entry...
  • QOTDNovember 21, 2005The NYT story on Sid Verba has been noted in several places. This quote caught my eye. James Hilton, the interim university librarian at the University of Michigan, for example, said that he asked his staff a year ago to estimate how long it would take to digitize the library's...read full entry...
  • Do you mesh here often?November 21, 2005Every now and again you read something that shifts your thinking a little. This happened to me just now when I read the following from Ray Ozzie, CTO at Microsoft:As an industry, we have simply not designed our calendaring and directory software and services for this "mesh" model. The websites,...read full entry...
  • Discover, locate, ... vertical and horizontal integrationNovember 20, 2005I was involved in some work years ago which developed the discover-locate-request-deliver string of verbs to talk about integrating library services. One emphasis of the work was that discovery was one part only of a whole chain (discovery2delivery - D2D) through which requirements were met. Requiring the user to complete...read full entry...
  • Storage and logisticsNovember 17, 2005Optimising storage and access in UK research libraries [pdf], a report commissioned by The Consortium of University Research Libraries (CURL), in the UK, and the British Library, has been made available. It is addressing an issue which is arising now across the library community, and is being addressed in various...read full entry...
  • 2b?Ntb?=?November 16, 2005British student phone service dot mobile is providing a service which compresses classics into a text message idiom to help with revision. Here is the summary of Pride and Prejudice:5SistrsWntngHsbnds.NwMenIn Twn-Bingly&Darcy Fit&Loadd. BigSisJaneFals4B,2ndSisLizH8s DCozHesProud.SlimySoljrWikam SysDHsShadyPast.TrnsOutHes ActulyARlyNysGuy&RlyFancysLiz.SheDecydsSheLyksHim.Evry1GtsMaryd. [Guardian Unlimited Books | News | If you don't want to know how Bleak...read full entry...
  • Tag teamsNovember 15, 2005There is an interesting article in Business 2.0 about the 'Flickrization of Yahoo'.Indeed, the Flickr purchase helped ignite a larger strategy. Thanks to a new generation of managers like Butterfield and Fake, Yahoo is starting to see how user-generated content, or "social media," is a key weapon in its war...read full entry...
  • CalendarNovember 15, 2005The University of Edinburgh has published a calendar with images from its special collections ......read full entry...
  • FRBR fervorNovember 14, 2005FRBR is another of those things that we have given a public-unfriendly name to. This is a pity, because the concept is one that makes a lot of sense to people when they understand it. For example, in discussions about how OpenWorldcat data is surfaced in search engines this is...read full entry...
  • QOTDNovember 12, 2005From the Economist:Although search technology is constantly tweaked to provide better performance and more relevant results, studies by Microsoft have shown that around half of all search queries fail to provide the information that users want. "We need to get offline content online. Offline is where trusted content is, and...read full entry...
  • Blogs, media and voiceNovember 12, 2005Ian Buruma, author and Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College writes an interesting piece about the soundtrack of protest, and finishes with some comments about blogging:As the mainstream media, especially in the US, have become part of the same corporate entertainment empires that own...read full entry...
  • Space, cost and valueNovember 11, 2005An interesting short article about the University of Chicago building plans:The poll of 5,700 students' library usage habits on campus reveals the use of electronic resources is not crowding out use of libraries for research using conventional stacks, reference materials and other physical resources, as some have feared. [A new...read full entry...
  • Country collectionsNovember 08, 2005Check out the WorldMap where we have collected and presented a range of data about the country of publication of titles in the aggregate collection represented by WorldCat. We also show how the ARL aggregate collection breaks down by country of publication. Alongside this data, we have also assembled more...read full entry...
  • The default option November 08, 2005There is an article about Google, MSN and Yahoo's competing interests in AOL in the Economist. It ends with this interesting paragraph: Ultimately, it all comes down to the three suitors' estimates of what Mr Varian calls "the power of the default". Default users are "the great unwashed", says Mr...read full entry...
  • That underbelly againNovember 08, 2005I mentioned that Ross Singer's presentation at Access appeared to have quite an impact on the audience. He went through a number of approaches to moving library services into the browser and the user's webflow. Things like bookmarklets, extensions, user scripting and scraping. It is now available on the Access...read full entry...
  • A tagging pointerNovember 07, 2005One of the presentations now available on the Access 2005 website is one on tagging by Gene Smith. This was a very balanced presentation - delivered with tact to a library audience which much appreciated it. Sorting Out Social Classification: Folksonomies and Tagging In Practice - Gene Smith Slides |...read full entry...
  • Presentations from Access 2005November 07, 2005I notice that MP3s and selected slides from Access 2005 presentations are now available....read full entry...
  • Programmable webNovember 07, 2005Programmable Web is a:web-as-platform reference site and blog delivering news, information and resources for developing applications using the Web 2.0 APIs. [ProgrammableWeb: About]It includes a list of APIs, a list of mashups, and other stuff. The list of APIs includes the Library of Congress SRW interface, described as 'information database...read full entry...
  • Blog searchNovember 06, 2005There are lots of blog search services around. It will be interesting to see how they consolidate, and what emerges as preferred functionality. I have ego feeds set up with several and in my experience none does significantly better than others, although I don't watch it closely. Blogpulse, Technorati, PubSub,...read full entry...
  • InfoNovember 05, 2005After much labor, the Info-URI Internet Draft is formally recognized by the IETF. For more about Info-URI check out the web-site, with links to registry and FAQ. From the FAQ: The motivation behind developing the info URI scheme is to allow legacy identification systems to become part of the Web...read full entry...
  • Coins magicNovember 04, 2005I installed LibX a while ago to see what it is like. Every now and again it pops up an icon - what it calls a 'cue' - on a page where it thinks it is appropriate to link to Virginia Tech resources (it can be adapted to link to...read full entry...
  • StripeNovember 04, 2005I have been away for a few days but catching up on various things I came across the random stripe generator. Maybe not very relevant to the topics I normally discuss, but pretty nice ;-) I can try out various Sean Scully inspired patterns ..... Via Make....read full entry...
  • Building on other platformsNovember 04, 2005I have wondered elsewhere in these pages what issues would one face if one tried to build out library services on top only of general web-based tools (bookmarklets, extensions, toolbars, ...) and services (Flickr, Del.icio.us, Google, ...). I proposed it as an interesting thought experiment, in light of the need...read full entry...