April 2006 has 27 entries

  • Share, find and playApril 30, 2006A while ago I wrote about how we needed to design around the network, rather than around individual applications. The BBC is heading that way. They want to support a share, find and play mode of working, where users assemble BBC materials on-demand and have a space for sharing their...read full entry...
  • Creating public valueApril 30, 2006The BBC is a major resource which faces interesting challenges moving forward. It is funded through a license fee, basically a national tax on TV ownership. How applicable is this model in a digital world? The BBC is actively positioning itself for the future. It is a digital pioneer, and...read full entry...
  • Addressable - accessibleApril 30, 2006I suggested a while ago in these pages that one reason for the wide use of Wikipedia was that it was an 'addressable knowledgebase'. Entries enter the web conversation because they are referencable, they are on-web. In this context I was interested to read in Bubblegeneration: In many cases, communities...read full entry...
  • Beam it over ...April 28, 2006Doing homework with my children has been very interesting from a library resource point of view. Nothing unusual there, I am sure. Recently, I was summoned to help Eoghan (8) with a project on Granville T Woods, a pretty interesting character, born in Columbus, Ohio. We went first to library...read full entry...
  • The hybrid libraryApril 28, 2006The hybrid library was a term in common use in UK digital library development. It originated in the UK Electronic Libraries Programme, and, I think, was coined by that programme's director, Chris Rusbridge. It was discussed in different ways. The rationale for the term was to get around either-or discussions,...read full entry...
  • WebCiteApril 26, 2006Alf Eaton sent me a note about WebCite in the context of my discussion of the integrity of citation in a digital environment. WebCite┬« is an archiving system for webreferences (cited webpages and websites), which can be used by authors, editors, and publishers of scholarly papers and books, to ensure...read full entry...
  • Excitations ...April 23, 2006In these pages a while ago I wrote about Wikipedia as an addressible knowledgebase: a part of its great attraction is that one can invoke elements of that knowledgebase with a URL. Jerry MacDonough made the reasonable point that one cannot rely on a URL to have a stable referent...read full entry...
  • Conferring about learningApril 20, 2006It is always interesting seeing how conferences are shaped. Sometimes you will just have a list of speakers strung around various social events. Sometimes you can actually sense the emerging shape of an area or a good overview of its concerns from a well-designed conference program. I am not quite...read full entry...
  • Hotels in the network age: an early Friday afternoon thoughtApril 20, 2006Think about conferences in those big rooms with disco balls or chandaliers, with makeshift screens, projectors on trollies, ugly lines of stuck down cable, shiny curtains, and so on. Or simple things like not having sockets beside desks in the rooms, or taking it up a level, not having worked...read full entry...
  • How much is that book in the window ...April 18, 2006Jack Ammerman has an interesting point in relation to my entry about what 'owning' a book might actually mean (Sharable and licensable). I note that given the restrictions on what one can do with the intellectual content of a book which is still in copyright that the gap between our...read full entry...
  • OpenSearch and SRUApril 17, 2006An interesting post on the OpenSearch developers' blog about a visit by Rob Sanderson, one of the people involved in SRU. We see many opportunities for collaboration going forward. To start, we hope to foster ongoing dialog between the OpenSearch and SRU communities. And on the technical side, there are...read full entry...
  • Comment spamApril 13, 2006An administrative note: we have turned off commenting, temporarily I hope. There has been an upsurge again in comment spam and we will explore some further options to control it. Spam is such a problem that I was sure we would see some high-profile prosecutions last year as various agencies...read full entry...
  • InnovationApril 13, 2006In the continuing discussion about the place of the catalog in the evolving set of library services and the wider network world, a couple of interesting links. First, a talk given a few days ago at OCLC:Birte Christensen-Dalsgaard (State and University Library, Aarhus (Denmark)) Developing Denmark's Next Generation Digital Library:...read full entry...
  • A family affairApril 11, 2006In discussion with some Members' Council folks last year, Lynn Connaway mentioned that one of the interesting things to emerge from the Sense-making the information confluence project was that students often turned to their fathers for advice and guidance when they had an information need. At the Taiga Forum, Susan...read full entry...
  • The network is the sunApril 11, 2006There is an interesting discussion about how to make the catalog visible on the open web on Web4Lib at the moment, specifically on how users might find their way back from Google to library resources. A theme is that it is also important to make library resources visible in the...read full entry...
  • Sharable and licensableApril 10, 2006We have several mass digitization initiatives underway. And there seems to be an expectation that these will continue, that more of our current collective book and journal collection will be digitized. There are a variety of drivers for this, both for libraries and for the other organizations which have stepped...read full entry...
  • The rhinoceros in the roomApril 10, 2006I read a few chapters of Steven Johnson's Everything bad is good for you over the weekend. (I am usually a little behind the curve on these things ;-) I was struck by the following quote:I worry about the experiential gap between people who have immersed themsleves in games, and...read full entry...
  • Border country againApril 06, 2006I mentioned the Taiga Forum the other day, an event discussing how libraries organize themselves to continue to create value as learning and research behaviors change. The presentations are now available....read full entry...
  • The semantic waveApril 06, 2006I was interested to see this picture in a recent presentation on the Semantic Web by Tim Berners-Lee. It is a nice way of showing recent developments and anticipated movement. Of course, not everybody would see the wave moving in the way shown here, but that is another discussion. The...read full entry...
  • Our businessApril 05, 2006The University of Aberdeen is recruiting a University Librarian. The University dates from 1495, and the upbeat recruitment brochure [pdf] tallks about a 'librarian for our sixth century'. I was struck by the positive terms in which the library was presented as a vital part of how the University operated:The...read full entry...
  • The social webApril 05, 2006Very nice presentation on 'The web now: social' [pdf] by Luke Wroblewski, Principal Designer at Yahoo!. See the picture of the Flickr ecology on slide 15. Via Scott's Workblog....read full entry...
  • Link traffic - the top 1000April 05, 2006 I spoke [ppt] about our Top 1000 list at the Reading 2.0 meeting where it was picked up and blogged by Tim O'Reilly. This gave it considerable exposure. See the spike in traffic centred on 3/17. It was picked up in several places, including in a short post on...read full entry...
  • QOTD: day one of book searchApril 03, 2006One of the discussion points surrounding the mass digitization initiatives has been the prospect of services built over the full-text, which go beyond search. Gregory Crane provided some intriguing thoughts from a digital library research and scholarly perspective in a recent D-Lib Magazine article: What do you do with a...read full entry...
  • The NYT and the rich texture of suggestionApril 03, 2006The New York Times discusses its redesigned web presence:We also wanted to give our readers a greater voice and sprinkle a little more serendipity around the site by providing prominent links to a list of most e-mailed and blogged articles, most searched for information and popular movies. A new tab...read full entry...
  • The organizational shuffleApril 02, 2006A while ago I wrote an entry noting the general trend towards decomposition and recomposition of parts at various levels, from metadata schema to organizations: recombinance all the way down, remixing all the way up. As the network moves inside structures, they fragment and recombine. I was reminded of this...read full entry...
  • Border countryApril 02, 2006I spoke at the Taiga Forum early last week in Chicago. Readers may be interested in the provocative statements that were produced for the meeting, their level of provocation depending on your asssessment of the current state of, and prospects for, the research library. These were discussed by attendees, and...read full entry...
  • Science, data and the recordApril 01, 2006Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK, hosted a very interesting event on the future of science: Science 2020. The resulting document, Towards 2020 Science, sets out the challenges and opportunities arising from the increasing synthesis of computing and the sciences. It seeks to identify the requirements necessary to accelerate scientific advances...read full entry...