December 2005 has 31 entries

  • Top infotech storiesDecember 30, 2005More light holiday posting ... Technology Review has published its list of top 'infotech' stories for 2005. They note:Municipal Wi-Fi. "Now there are more than 300 U.S. cities considering municipal Wi-Fi, which would provide inexpensive wireless Internet access anywhere, for anyone: in a park, library, home, or car."Silicon photonicsSocial machines....read full entry...
  • Everything is dataDecember 30, 2005An interesting perspective on Wikipedia is provided by Dan Cohen who notes that the current discussion about authority does not engage with the full potential significance of Wikipedia. He describes how a large, openly available knowledge base like Wikipedia is a valuable resource for emerging data mining and search technologies....read full entry...
  • Top postsDecember 27, 2005I don't normally pay too close attention to the detail of my blog logs, concentrating on general trends. However, given that it is a time of year for retrospection, I have just spent a little time looking at actual December traffic and was interested to see the following list of...read full entry...
  • The loss of innocence and Web 3.0December 27, 2005I spent a little while looking at the Norad and Google Earth Santa tracking features with my seven year old son on Christmas Eve. To my suprise his main question to each in turn was "How does this site make money". I did not know whether I should laugh or...read full entry...
  • A catalog with serviceDecember 23, 2005Dave Pattern left a comment below noting that the 'people who borrowed this also borrowed ...' feature on the University of Huddersfield catalogue is now live. I had mentioned it in the context of greater use of 'intentional' data in our services, that is data which records choices or intentions....read full entry...
  • Systemwide discovery and deliveryDecember 22, 2005Judith Pearce of the National Library of Australia has written a really good paper on the emerging shape of resource discovery and delivery, with some contribution from my OCLC Pica colleague Janifer Gatenby. It takes a systemwide perspective: so the focus is on what we somtimes call resource sharing. I...read full entry...
  • QOTD: stuck inside the boxDecember 22, 2005From Babsonknowledge.org, the blog by Tom Davenport, Larry Prusak, and Don Cohen:But maybe my least favorite phrase is "think outside the box." It bothers me partly because I've heard it used 11,580 times in the past 10 years. (I'm exaggerating, but I've heard it a lot.) Also because people who...read full entry...
  • Public libraries and gamingDecember 21, 2005Andrew Lewis of the Library and Information Services at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead sent me a note about a couple of reports exploring library responses to games and gaming. The first is an account of experiences in a particular project in the library. The second is a...read full entry...
  • Structured blogging and coinsDecember 20, 2005When I saw the discussion about structured blogging I thought of Coins among other things. And, hey, now I read this....read full entry...
  • International collaborationsDecember 19, 2005There are several international research University alliances. Universitas 21 and WUN are probably the most visible. WUN has an elearning section on its website. Universitas 21 refers to university museums, an initiative to pilot the creation of e-books, and also has an information services group. Library collaboration does not appear...read full entry...
  • It was ever thus ...December 19, 2005From W.B. Yeats, writing in the reading room of the National Library of Ireland in 1892:The glacial weight of scholasticism is over the room and over all the would-be intellectual life of Dublin. Nobody in this great library is doing any disinterested reading, nobody is poring over any book for...read full entry...
  • In perpetuityDecember 19, 2005I mentioned Cathy Marshall's interesting talk about the persistence of our digital belongings. So much more of our experience now leaves digital traces: will these traces be available to rekindle those experiences in the future? Help is at hand! I now notice that Flickr offers "Permanent archiving of high-resolution original...read full entry...
  • On cataloging, the semantic web and hairstylesDecember 18, 2005Cathy Marshall spoke at OCLC the other day. Her topic was the long term fate of our personal digital belongings, digital belongings that are increasingly important to us as traces of a life. She spoke about the pleasures of 're-encounter', the pleasure of remembering experience as recorded in photographs, letters...read full entry...
  • On demand services ..December 18, 2005I wonder will we see on-demand library systems emerge. I am thinking of services like salesforce.com (the poster child of the on-demand software phenomenon, it provides Customer Relationship Management services) or webex.com (a conferencing and online meeting provider). The idea here is that rather than installing local instances of an...read full entry...
  • QOTDDecember 18, 2005I have just reread Paul Graham's piece on Web 2.0 which has some nice things in it, including:But there is a common thread. Web 2.0 means using the web the way it's meant to be used. The "trends" we're seeing now are simply the inherent nature of the web emerging...read full entry...
  • Repository frameworksDecember 16, 2005Herbert Van de Sompel and colleagues at LANL have been writing about the aDORe architecture for a while (see [pdf] for example). They have now released software to implement an aDORe archive.The aDORe Archive is a write-once/read-many storage approach for Digital Objects and their constituent datastreams. The approach combines two...read full entry...
  • Games and digital librariesDecember 15, 2005The relationship between gaming and education, and more specifically, between gaming and libraries, is of growing interest. John Kirriemuir has a background working with digital library initiatives and is currently researching gaming environments and behavior in an educational context. He has an article in the current D-Lib magazine talking about...read full entry...
  • University IPDecember 13, 2005I had not come across ip2ipo before. This is a UK company which partners with universities to exploit their IP in new ventures. It has a prestigious list of partners.UK universities are originators of some of the best novel intellectual property ("IP") in the world. IP2IPO's business is to generate...read full entry...
  • On demand book searchDecember 13, 2005Thinking about book content indexing again .... John Battelle announced the Alexa Web Search Platform on his blog earlier today. In short, Alexa, an Amazon-owned search company started by Bruce Gilliat and Brewster Kahle (and the spider that fuels the Internet Archive), is going to offer its index up to...read full entry...
  • Stanford and Google Book SearchDecember 13, 2005Stanford has posted a document outlining the scope and rationale of its participation in the Google Book Search initiative. Google began scanning works from Stanford in approximately March of 2005. Stanford has selected its federal government collection as the first set of works to be scanned under the project; these...read full entry...
  • The buzz world December 12, 2005I recently came across Creating Passionate Users, which among other things has been commenting entertainingly and passionately on the Web 2.0 buzz-world. Today, there is an entry which discusses the difference between buzzwords and specialized domain-specific lexicons.But there's a world of difference between a specialized lexicon of domain-specific terms and...read full entry...
  • Podcasting and librariesDecember 11, 2005It is interesting to see the growth in podcasting, and in our space there are a couple of interesting venues:Matt Pasiewicz of Educause has been interviewing people with an interest in technology in education, including several librarians. Check out his interviews with Jim Michalko and Barbara Taranto, for example. Paul...read full entry...
  • Institutional repositories and research assessmentDecember 11, 2005Australia and the UK have frameworks in place for the evaluation of research and the selective allocation of funding based on that evaluation. This has potential implications for institutional repositories as one factor of the evaluation exercises is the need to better record, and potentially manage, research outputs. The UK...read full entry...
  • Cool searchDecember 10, 2005Thom has a note about some really nice search systems on his blog. Check there for the details of how these work. The search systems are based on an index of phrases, and suggest results as you type. These, combined with speed of response, give a very good serach experience....read full entry...
  • IdentifiersDecember 07, 2005A couple of things come together ... I was going to do a short post on the renaissance of interest in identifiers based on the approval by the IESG of the Info-URI, and on the growing awareness that we need to consistently identify the entities in our environment (institutions for...read full entry...
  • Link-addressible artifactsDecember 07, 2005I mentioned the other day that a part of the value of Flickr was that it made images citable, or, in the term suggested by Jon Udell in a nice post about media, 'link-addressible'. Jon's last sentence below (my emphasis) is a nice statement of the importance of 'citability'.In my...read full entry...
  • Blog searching againDecember 04, 2005I posted a little while ago about blog searching options. As others do, I have several 'ego feeds' set up to track posts. No service is miles ahead of the others, although Technorati and Google's Blogsearch are what I tend to watch. That said, others will occasionally have something that...read full entry...
  • Service modelsDecember 02, 2005I mentioned the work of the DLF Framework a while ago. This has been looking at ways of developing service and process models for libraries as they evolve to support research and learning in new environments. The absence of common models undermines our ability to develop and design systems efficiently,...read full entry...
  • QA briefingsDecember 01, 2005The QA Focus was an activity provided by UKOLN and the AHDS to JISC projects. Now finished, it continues to make available eighty briefing documents on various aspects of information service development and management, which seem like a useful resource. Each is a short, pragmatic introduction to a topic. A...read full entry...
  • QOTDDecember 01, 2005From Timo Hannay, of Nature Publishing Group ...So while Google has to mature, it is publishers and politicians who still have the most to do. They must adapt their businesses and laws to work in a new, unfamiliar land edging into view on the horizon, a place that our children...read full entry...
  • Flickr valueDecember 01, 2005I sometimes find it helpful to state the obvious .... One of the major values of Flickr is that it is a low-entry mechanism for making photos 'citable'. You can give them a URI, a handle, that can be copied and exchanged, and which makes it that much easier for...read full entry...