January 2006 has 25 entries

  • URLs and the 'p' wordsJanuary 31, 2006Identifiers are a topic of ongoing investigation in a variety of contexts, and as more of our activities are driven by network workflows, supply chains and other data flows, they become more important. There are multiple active identifier discussions underway in our community as we speak. It is this topic...read full entry...
  • Quotes of the day: Reading lists and bookstoresJanuary 28, 2006The Times Higher Education Supplement (the UK equivalent of the Chronicle) has a piece about reading lists which had a couple of interesting paragraphs (unfortunately behind a paywall). About reading lists:But it was the digital revolution that really threw the relationship into disarray. Students no longer put up with faint...read full entry...
  • NetworkflowsJanuary 28, 2006One way of characterising recent developments is to look at our locus of engagement with the network. We can see a trend from database, to website to workflow. And this is not really surprising. As more of our working, learning and playing lives moves onto the network we need better...read full entry...
  • xISBN and compositionJanuary 27, 2006We have been pleasantly surprised at the uses people have made of xISBN. This is a web service which on input of an ISBN returns ISBNs in the same work set. It is an outgrowth of our work on FRBR. A partial list of people who have looked at it...read full entry...
  • Frameworks and reference modelsJanuary 27, 2006There has been a lot of discussion in various quarters of late about Frameworks or Reference Models for the library and related communities. Of immediate relevence, DLF, JISC/DEST and NISO have been looking at various ways of modelling the information environment in terms of processes, services (services in a technical...read full entry...
  • Live labsJanuary 27, 2006I notice that Microsoft has set up Live Labs, a rapid development and prototyping group which will work on new ideas and directions and engage outside collaborators. From the manifesto by Gary Flake:This pattern is not merely about new applications. It's about a revolution in how we create, share, and...read full entry...
  • Liquid mediaJanuary 24, 2006In my last entry on Starbucks I suggested that it provides, in addition to coffee, on-demand place. People use it for meetings, network rendezvous, downtime, ... I also suggested that we would see Starbucks selling music by the track. And, hey, where did I end up while briefly in San...read full entry...
  • Loan dataJanuary 20, 2006I notice that the test catalogue at the University of Huddersfield is showing loan history. Quite nice. Does it tell you everything about the book? No. Is it interesting? Yes. Does it enhance the user experience? Well, it did mine. I even played with it for a while looking to...read full entry...
  • A palindromic ILS service layerJanuary 20, 2006Maybe we need an ILSSLI. That's ILS Service Layer Interfaces, or maybe ILS Service Layer Initiative. Lots of things have come over my horizon recently where interesting interfaces are talking to the integrated library system in the background. Here are some: There is the much lauded NCSU catalog which needs...read full entry...
  • Reeling and writhing - againJanuary 19, 2006I write slowly. In that regard I have found doing the blog quite liberating. I find that I can write much more quickly here because it almost has a throwaway quality. However, this has meant that I have not 'published' as much over the past year or two as I...read full entry...
  • Linking to OpenWorldCatJanuary 19, 2006I get asked about linking to entries in OpenWorldCat from time to time. Here is an update based on information from my colleague Mike Teets, who has overall responsibility for application development at OCLC. There is now a link at the top right of each OWC page that allows direct...read full entry...
  • Distance from the default: Web browser extensionsJanuary 19, 2006There is a nice page of web browser extensions on Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. This includes things like bookmarklets, toolbars, greasemonkey scripts, and so on. For a nice discussion which puts some of these in context see Ross Singer's Access 2005 presentation. He talks there about the 'sloppy...read full entry...
  • Quotes of the day: what business is Google in?January 17, 2006Here is Bubblegeneration talking about Google's interesting acquisition of dMarc, which helps bring advertisers and radio stations together:You shouldn't see Goog as the world's information organizer. It's more accurate to say that it's the world's ad allocator. [Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab]Here is Phil Wainewright saying something similar about Google in the...read full entry...
  • AriadneJanuary 16, 2006I am reminded by John Kirriemuir that Ariadne first appeared ten years ago today. Ariadne is a web-based magazine which has reported on UK and wider digital library developments. It is still going strong. Ariadne was established by John MacColl (now at the University of Edinburgh) and myself as a...read full entry...
  • Self-aggrandRSSmentJanuary 15, 2006Geoff Harder has made a very nice presentation about RSS available [pdf]. He refers to NADD (Nerd Attention Deficiency Disorder) and RII (Repetitive Information Injury) ;-) The slides are well done: it is a pity that they are only available in PDF. RSS is everywhere, and is consumed both by...read full entry...
  • Thinking about the catalogJanuary 12, 2006I said a few entries ago that I was working on an entry on the catalog. I need to hurry up! Some big catalogish things came along this week. First the University of California released a significant report on its bibliographic infrastructure, on how catalogs should be built, presented and...read full entry...
  • A service-able catalogueJanuary 11, 2006Dave Pattern continues to do interesting things with the catalog(ue) at the University of Huddersfield. Check out the two screenshots from Amazon.co.uk. They show a seminal report which is now of great historical interest ;-) Notice that a Greasemonkey script has inserted a line above the title in each. The...read full entry...
  • Code4lib and programmersJanuary 10, 2006A schedule has been posted for Code4lib 2006. I am pleased that several of my colleagues (Devon Smith, Jeff Young and Thom Hickey) are presenting. This promises to be a different sort of library conference, one where participants talk about their experiences actually building systems and services. There has been...read full entry...
  • Flickr and the library picturesJanuary 10, 2006More interesting work from the National Library of Australia.Now FlickR and the National Library of Australia are embarking on an exciting initiative to offer individuals the opportunity to include their images of contemporary Australia in the PictureAustralia service through FlickR. By adding images to this group, individuals are able to,...read full entry...
  • Leadership and libraries?January 09, 2006From Good to great and the social sectors: why business thinking is not the answer.There is an irony in all this. Social sector organizations increasingly look to business for leadership models and talent, yet I suspect we will find more true leadership in the social sectors than the business sector....read full entry...
  • Social bookmarking in the library: a new bibliographic tissue?January 08, 2006PennTags looks like a very interesting experiment.PennTags lets you organize and share your bookmarks. You can use the UPennToolbar or the PennTags Bookmarklet to post websites into your tagspace. PennTags can also be used to tag Franklin and VCaT records. [PennTags /]Functionally, it looks very like del.icio.us. Graphically, it looks...read full entry...
  • A book on institutional repositories, no less ...January 07, 2006I notice with interest that the Institutional Repository is a sufficiently mature topic for a publisher to publish a book on it and for authors (Richard Jones, Theo Andrew and John MacColl) to write one. Incidentally, this was the first time that I noticed that Amazon.co.uk includes sponsored links. Speaking...read full entry...
  • Further FRBR applicationsJanuary 04, 2006University of Chicago law professor Randy Picker recounts some experiences with Google Book Search. He talks about looking for The Wealth of Nations. Of course, the publication of Smith's work was the second great event of 1776 (or was it the first?), so it would be surprising if the work...read full entry...
  • Keeping the public in publishing?January 03, 2006We are used to buying books. To sharing them. To giving and receiving them as gifts. To quietly marking them. Even sometimes to proclaiming ownership in a bookplate. We are used to copying parts of them for study, to quoting from them. Books circulate - through libraries, private collections, bookstores...read full entry...
  • Changing expecations (again)January 02, 2006Over the break I was looking at a couple of directory-type sites. I was interested in how my response to them was different than it would have been a couple of years ago. First, somebody was showing me the Irish Playography site, an impressive accounting of Irish plays and the...read full entry...