March 2006 has 19 entries

  • An addressable knowledge-baseMarch 30, 2006There has been a lot of discussion about Wikipedia of late. Much of this has been about 'authority'. There is another major issue at play here as well, which is really quite interesting for libraries. Let me step back a moment to talk about the URL. The URL is the...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Simplicity March 27, 2006Paul Kedrosky in Business 2.0:The current obsession with simplicity beats making products stupidly complex. But it's built on at least one false premise, that less is more. More is more, and it always has been and always will be. Good products can and should be feature-rich, laden with information and...read full entry...
  • Extending the audienceMarch 26, 2006I have been thinking about Bono recently. One of the pivotal events in U2 and recent media history, IMHO, was during the Live Aid concert many years ago. U2's performance established them as a pre-eminent live group for the first time — something for which they would eventually become superstars....read full entry...
  • Know your audienceMarch 23, 2006We have made an 'audience level' service available as a prototype. This is available as a human interface, a web service, and as greasemonkey scripts which insert an audience level in an Amazon or Open WorldCat page based on interaction with the web service. This service is based on the...read full entry...
  • ServicesMarch 22, 2006In the interests of expanding our vocabulary to cover new aspects of the current environment, here is yet another helpful suggestion ;-) In the Web 2.0 world of lightweight service composition, we want to make functionality available through web services interfaces so that it can be readily recombined with other...read full entry...
  • FRBR presentationsMarch 22, 2006In preparing the first presentation below, I linked to a variety of colleagues' presentations which touch on some aspect of FRBR. Lorcan Dempsey On the discrimination of Huck Finns: a short presentation on FRBR (PPT) Reading 2.0, 16 March 2006, San Francisco, California (USA) Diane Vizine-Goetz FictionFinder: Don Quixote to...read full entry...
  • Conversations and evidenceMarch 21, 2006The Reading 2.0 conference has had some nice coverage. One of the interesting takeaways for me was the variety of requirements or use cases that drive service, and the dangers of substituting either-or discussion for and discussions. I kept thinking of two non-exclusive emphases: conversation and evidence. Major network presences...read full entry...
  • Rank, recommend and relateMarch 20, 2006I talked about search, share and subscribe below, as potential user requirements. I notice a growing tendency to describe services in terms of three verbs. Here is an alliterative line up for the catalog: rank, recommend and relate....read full entry...
  • Sites: a pattern of expectationMarch 19, 2006On recent travels, I have been reading Malcolm McCullough's Digital Ground, an architectural consideration of interaction design in an age of pervasive computing. I was interested to come across this mention of public libraries:... A livable city is made up of types. Some of these, such as the sidewalk cafe,...read full entry...
  • Reading 2.0March 17, 2006I have just returned from the congenial Reading 2.0 conference organized by Peter Brantley. The topic was the emergent contexts of reading and books in a network environment, and a diverse group spoke about issues. I will have some things to say about it anon. In the interim, here are...read full entry...
  • Coins in Open WorldCat, Openly's OpenURL Referrer, and the OCLC Resolver RegistryMarch 16, 2006[Update: click on the picture for an example where a link to a resolver is showing.] I have mentioned Coins from time to time and am pleased now that Open WorldCat supports them:On March 12, 2006 OCLC added COinS to its Open WorldCat web pages. COinS is an acronym that...read full entry...
  • Open Content InitiativeMarch 13, 2006The Open University, supported by the Hewlett Foundation ($4.45M), is going to make learning materials freely available for use and reuse on the web. This continues the OU tradition of open broadcast of its television teaching materials.The Open University will draw on its experience in supported open learning to provide...read full entry...
  • The simple search box and the rich texture of suggestionMarch 12, 2006I have been in a couple of meetings recently where people have been talking about the attraction of the simple, single box search as the ultimate goal. To this, my response is 'yes, and what else?'. In Google's case, pagerank has been the principal 'what else'. Going forward they have...read full entry...
  • Coda: search, share and subscribeMarch 08, 2006I talked about search, share and subscribe the other day as library systems develop more engaging experiences. Here are some additional notes based on some things coming over my desk in the last day or so. Via Alison Pope I read about how custom RSS feeds and Opensearch are included...read full entry...
  • Search, share and subscribeMarch 06, 2006We seem to have turned a corner with library search. For example, one of the strategic priorities for the British Library is to 'transform search and navigation' in support of access to their collections, although there is little detail about what will be attempted. There has been significant recent discussion...read full entry...
  • Quotes Of The Day: moving to the network levelMarch 06, 2006Much of our discussion of Web 2.0 has focused on its social networking aspects. However, this is one aspect only of the flatter Web 2.0 world. We are beginning to see much more general discussion of another aspect, of the way in which organizations and their relationships are being reshaped...read full entry...
  • The Long Tail and the used book marketMarch 03, 2006Work commissioned by the Book Industry Study Group reports that:"The real story is the dramatic growth of used trade books sold through on-line channels", noted Jeff Hayes, Group Director for InfoTrends/CAP Ventures and principal analyst on the study. "Used books are becoming mainstream as the Internet provides transparency into the...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Woe is meMarch 03, 2006Bono interviewed by Oprah:I'm not the happiest person, and I'm certainly not happy-clappy. There's a bit of "woe is me" that comes with melancholy, the Irish thing, and it's draining. [Live your best life: a treasury of wisdom, wit, advice, interviews, and inspiration from O, The Oprah Magazine] mmm......read full entry...
  • HedgehogsMarch 01, 2006Dan Chudnov has an interesting post on the mission of the library. What is the all-consuming mission of the library? His answer is an interesting one, which on reflection works surprisingly well. He argues that his professional mission as a librarian is this:Help people build their own libraries. [Because this...read full entry...