May 2006 has 19 entries

  • RLG and OCLCMay 30, 2006Many years ago, my wife Ann worked as a cataloguer on the small team at The British Library creating the Eighteenth Century Short Title Catalogue (ESTC). It was a good project to work on as people knew that they were making something special. It was also interesting in that the...read full entry...
  • What is your issue?May 29, 2006It is always interesting to read how people reflect on practice in the light of acknowledged environmental change. The provocative statements [pdf, transcribed as HTML here] issued by the Taiga Forum received some attention, and focused some medium term environmental factors and possible responses. I have been looking at some...read full entry...
  • Placing namesMay 28, 2006Driving home from The Serpent Mound a few weeks ago, we passed through Belfast, Ohio. We have also been to London, Ohio, and, of course, OCLC is located in Dublin, Ohio. I was in Cardiff, Wales, a little while ago [ppt], and will be in Edinburgh, Scotland at the beginning...read full entry...
  • Collections linkMay 28, 2006I have just come across Collections Link, a UK service. It is ...... the new national advisory service for collections management managed by MDA in partnership with the Institute of Conservation (ICON) and the National Preservation Office (NPO). [Collections Link]It carries a range of materials, and presumably will develop further....read full entry...
  • A Friday evening post: a couple of library mentions in early weekend readingMay 26, 2006The marvellous Philip French on the Da Vinci Code movie:The one truly funny line, however, is spoken by Hanks and, presumably, it is intended to underpin his intellectual credentials. As he and Tautou are being chased through the streets of London, he is suddenly struck by a major thought: 'I've...read full entry...
  • Starbucks and perceptionsMay 26, 2006I finished off my presentation for the Celtic Connections conference last week in a local Starbucks with a wireless connection. This was in the middle of Cardiff. It was buzzing. Stuck for several hours in Newark airport on my way back from Cardiff, I was interested to read the cover...read full entry...
  • QOTD - Bodley's LibrarianMay 26, 2006From the further information posted in relation to the advert for Bodley's Librarian and Director of University Library Services at the University of Oxford. The first holder of the post of Bodley’s Librarian was Thomas James, appointed in 1598. Sir Thomas Bodley enjoined that his Librarian should be ‘one that...read full entry...
  • A great radio voiceMay 25, 2006A nice interview with Thom. Thom Hickey discusses OCLC Research, projects, technology, and licensing with Educause's Matt Pasiewicz In a 23-minute interview, OCLC's chief scientist covers such topics as OCLC's Open Source Software offerings and licenses, FRBR and other projects, grid computing and Ajax. [Research [OCLC]]...read full entry...
  • The Amazon platformMay 22, 2006Jim Gray of Microsoft interviews Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon, in the current issue of ACM Queue. It is a very interesting discussion of the importance of the service-oriented approach at Amazon, and also gives a fascinating glimpse of internal working practices. Vogels suggests that Amazon is primarily a technology...read full entry...
  • No user interfaceMay 19, 2006Amazon recently released its S3 service - a network storage system. Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. [Amazon.com Amazon Web Services Store: Amazon S3 / Amazon Web Services]It...read full entry...
  • FRBResqueMay 19, 2006In recent discussion, an RLG colleague used the word 'FRBResque' to describe its rolling up of results into a work-level view. A very nice expression, I thought. And appropriate too. It is important to remember that wherever its (slow) formal elaboration goes, we do not currently have something called FRBR...read full entry...
  • A note on namesMay 17, 2006Writing about the catalog in these pages, I noted that one issue moving forward is how the controlled approaches that we use in catalog data (e.g. for subjects and personal names) might play with approaches in other areas. An obvious example arises if you want to mix catalog data and...read full entry...
  • A flying paradoxMay 15, 2006I have noticed two things while flying:If I am typing or reading a newspaper, I will often see my neighbor gracelessly glancing at what I am doing. How irritating!If my neighbor is typing or reading a newspaper, it is hard to avoid looking at what they are doing. Yet they...read full entry...
  • Lifting out the catalog discovery experienceMay 14, 2006I have been talking to a variety of groups in recent weeks, and the future of the catalog has risen to the top of the list in discussion and questions. The catalog is a topic of major debate. However, this discussion is really raising a set of broader issues about...read full entry...
  • Top ten IT issuesMay 14, 2006Educause Review publishes its latest top ten IT issues list:The elevation of Security and Identity Management to the number-one spot among the top-ten IT issues caps a steady four-year rise. Whether it retains this ranking will depend on its perceived importance relative to Funding IT and Administrative/ERP/Information Systems, which have...read full entry...
  • After long silence ..May 12, 2006Speech after long silence ... ... I haven't posted for a while. I have been on a trip each week for the last nine weeks or so, a schedule I don't plan to sustain ;-) This travel heavy period prompts a more personal reflection than usual, about trips and talks,...read full entry...
  • RefiningMay 11, 2006I had a tooth implant today and was prescribed Etodolac for pain relief. Having been in some pain for a while now ;-) I was prompted to find out something about Etodolac and turned to Google. A search brought up something interesting: the ability to 'refine' results based on offered...read full entry...
  • A man in an OAI-PMH T-shirtMay 02, 2006Several of my colleagues attended the Code4lib conference at Oregon State University a while ago, and thought it was a very good event. A report of the event appears in the current Ariadne magazine, written by Jeremy Frumkin and Dan Chudnov, two of the organizers. There is a brief overview...read full entry...
  • Sun CEOMay 01, 2006Now that Jonathan Schwartz is CEO of Sun, is he going to keep blogging?Absolutely yes - count on it. (We'll now be the only Fortune 500 company with a CEO that blogs - the first of many firsts to come.) It's just one of many ways we're going to turn...read full entry...