February 2006 has 21 entries

  • Word clouds February 28, 2006Hey - a site aimed at 'book-lovers' and 'bloggers'. They have about everyone covered ;-) SnapShirts allows you to order a t-shirt emblazoned with a word-cloud. The word cloud can be generated from a book by your favorite author (they have a limited number available), or from your blog (you...read full entry...
  • A book diversionFebruary 26, 2006Flann O'Brien was a man of many names. He wrote, among other things, The Third Policeman, a dark comic novel.Harper Collins describes the book, which was originally rejected by publishers for being too fantastical, as "the story of a tender, brief, unrequited love affair between a man and his bicycle...read full entry...
  • A catalog or two (cats and splats)February 25, 2006While on the Evergreen site, I had a look at the developer version of their catalog. A demo of Evergreen's online catalog is located at demo.gapines.org. A bleeding edge online catalog, with all of the latest, greatest features we're working on, is located at dev.gapines.org (note the development site may...read full entry...
  • Systemwide activities and the long tailFebruary 25, 2006The Pines Evergreen folks make some interesting comments on my Long Tail post in the context of their own situation. I agree with the drift of their comments. What the entry is talking about (my interpretation) is moving ILS activities to a shared level to achieve systemwide efficiences and increase...read full entry...
  • Ranganathan and the long tailFebruary 24, 2006Ranganathan's five 'laws' have classic status in the library community. I am using 'classic' in the Frank Kermode sense of being 'patient of interpretation' over time: they express something which remains relevant as contexts change. I wrote about The Long Tail in terms of aggregation of supply and aggregation of...read full entry...
  • Libraries AustraliaFebruary 23, 2006The National Library of Australia has made a version of its union catalog openly available on the web (an enhanced version is available to subscribers). Libraries Australia lets you discover what's in Australian libraries. You can find it, borrow it, copy it or buy it. [Libraries Australia - Home]This is...read full entry...
  • Coins in union cataloguesFebruary 17, 2006I noted with interest the announcement about Coins in COPAC, the CURL union catalogue in the UK. The Copac v3 Experimental Interface now has COinS in the full record display. The COinS is an HTML element that contains an OpenURL and is structured in such as way that it is...read full entry...
  • Lightweight service compositionFebruary 16, 2006Science Library Pad helpfully pulls together and comments on several pieces by Jon Udell on the orchestration of lightweight services in the browser. Lightweight service composition is Udell's phrase for the growing ability to easily combine functionality from different machine interfaces within natural user workflows. He is looking at working...read full entry...
  • QOTD: apple and amazonFebruary 16, 2006There is an interesting story in the WSJ about Amazon's plans to take on Apple in the music download business. The story is framed by the context of a move from atoms to bits. That is from CDs, DVDs and books which comprise a large part of Amazon sales to...read full entry...
  • Libraries, logistics and the long tailFebruary 15, 2006[NOTE: this blog post formed the basis of a subsequent article: Libraries and the Long Tail: Some Thoughts about Libraries in a Network Age D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 12, No. 4, April 2006. http://www.dlib.org/dlib/april06/dempsey/04dempsey.html] [Warning: long, long, long] Those discussions of the long tail that I have seen or heard in...read full entry...
  • QOTD: "Break glass and blog"February 14, 2006The Economist has a brief article about blogging and how corporations are taking notice. Steve Rubel, of CooperKatz, a public-relations firm, reckons that companies should also have a ready-made plan for influencing bloggers if a crisis does occur. Mr Rubel runs the firm's Micro Persuasion practice, which helps companies improve...read full entry...
  • Research support: COS and CSAFebruary 13, 2006Community of science provides various research support services, including a matching service between funding opportunities and researchers, and between those looking for and those providing particular expertises. Community of Science (COS) is the leading global resource for hard-to-find information critical to scientific research and other projects across all disciplines. We...read full entry...
  • Citable resourcesFebruary 13, 2006Ross Atkinson argues:The library also has a responsibility at the citation level - ideally ensuring that all information cited in local publicatons remains accessible. This should be the case especially for electronic information: if Web pages, for example, are cited in publications produced at a library's institution, then that library...read full entry...
  • Libraries, networks and servicesFebruary 10, 2006Blogging has been a little light of late, as I have had a lot going on - including the writing of my contribution to the Ariadne 10th anniversary issue. Here is the conclusion to that article, which looks at changes in the network environment in which libraries operate. Given the...read full entry...
  • Four, four, four, fourFebruary 10, 2006Well, teetering beween a liking for lists and a po-faced disinclination to be frivolous I am leaning to lists. In response to the FreeRangeLibrarian ... here is a tentative enumeration of things in fours. 4 novels for re-reading Persuasion - Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion are the favourite...read full entry...
  • The preservation turnFebruary 08, 2006We have become used to thinking about digital preservation as an issue. We don't tend to think of print preservation in quite the same way. Several things have come over the horizon recently which have made me think about this issue a little differently:I have been involved in several discussions...read full entry...
  • Tenth anniversary issue of AriadneFebruary 08, 2006A special decennial issue of Ariadne has just appeared. Here is a list of the articles included: Projects into Services: The UK Experience Peter Brophy reviews the experience of the UK academic sector in turning digital library projects into sustainable services. What Users Want: An Academic `Hybrid' Library Perspective Reg...read full entry...
  • A couple of pubsFebruary 04, 2006Just a note about a couple of publications which have recently appeared which highlight the use of bibliographic data to provide 'business intelligence': Brian Lavoie, Lorcan Dempsey, Lynn Silipigni Connaway Making data work harder. Library Journal, January 15, 2006. This briefly reviews some recent data mining work placing it in...read full entry...
  • EngagementFebruary 02, 2006Every now and again I take a look at the MIT website. It is always interesting. For those that don't know, it changes based on a user contributed idea. The MIT spotlights answer the question, "What interesting and wonderful things are happening at MIT?" The spotlight images and headlines change...read full entry...
  • Smart aggregationFebruary 01, 2006A while ago I was thinking about the development of bibliographic record exchange in terms of the following progression: standardization, commoditization, aggregation, syndication. Standardization is necessary for commoditization and aggregation. Syndication involves creating service over the aggregated resource. And this progression seems to apply to other activities as well. I...read full entry...
  • AttentionFebruary 01, 2006I linked to bubblegeneration.com on the 'economy of attention' a while ago. Simply put, he argues that in the Media 1.0 era production and distribution were more scarce than attention. In other words, given the expense of creation and distribution there were a limited number of materials available through a...read full entry...