June 2006 has 17 entries

  • Photo synthesisJune 26, 2006There was a flurry of conversation last week about Hitwise's blog entry report on use of web-based image management sites. The surprise was they claimed that PhotoBucket.com had about 44% of the photo-site market, ahead of Yahoo! Photos (18%) and Webshots Community (8.34%). Flickr was in sixth place with around...read full entry...
  • Amazon Web Services Solutions CatalogJune 26, 2006I was recently pointed at the Amazon Web Services Solutions Catalog, an interesting list of applications which mobilze Amazon Web Services to generate various service offerings. Welcome to the new Amazon Web Services Solutions Catalog. Developers are constantly innovating with Amazon Web Services to build software that empowers a multitude...read full entry...
  • Libraries, research and learningJune 23, 2006Academic library services will co-evolve with changing learning and research practices in network environments. So much is clear, even if the picture is still a little blurry. We have come through a period - a decade and more - where the main emphasis has been on putting materials on the...read full entry...
  • The library makes a differenceJune 22, 2006The Times (of London) has released its Good University Guide 2007. It has university rankings on its web page. As usual, Oxford and Cambridge tussle for top spot. Why, somebody asks, is Oxford in top place when Cambridge seems to do better in most of the assessment categories. The response:On...read full entry...
  • Recombinant modularityJune 21, 2006I have been using the word recombinant on and off to refer to changing structures in a network environment. What we see at various levels - from organizations to schema - is growing modularization accompanied by flexible reconfiguration of those modules. Remixing and mashups have some of the same sense...read full entry...
  • Talking about the catalogJune 20, 2006Given the growing discussion about the catalog, I was interested to look back over various entries here in the last while. Here is an incomplete list: Some general discussions: Lifting out the catalog discovery experience Thinking about the catalog The Owl of Minerva The catalog and the integrated library system:...read full entry...
  • Yet another public library perceptions reportJune 20, 2006A Research study of 14-35 year olds for the future development of public libraries [pdf]has just been made available. This is work commissioned by several UK bodies in the context of UK public library policy development and was carried out by a group called Define: research and insight. The study...read full entry...
  • A learning experienceJune 17, 2006We have just come back from seeing X-Men: the last stand at the very congenial Studio 35 (where you can have beer and pizza while watching movies). In the opening action sequence, Wolverine seems more casual than his life-threatening situation warrants. However, it turns out that they are participating in...read full entry...
  • Good relations ...June 17, 2006I suggested below that we think about catalog - or other search system - features in terms of rank, relate, and recommend. Things, you notice, tend to come in threes .... In bibliographic systems we have created explicit relationships and we have used controlled data to create relationships - names,...read full entry...
  • Obscure Shakespearean gemsJune 14, 2006For Prospero, his library was dukedom enough. I verified this through a search of The Tempest on Google Book Search just now. Many readers will have seen that Google Book Search has a Shakespeare page:This summer we're working to make Shakespeare even more accessible with our website at www.google.com/shakespeare, where...read full entry...
  • Guardian on the webJune 12, 2006An interesting note on the UK Guardian newspaper:We have come to one of those forks in the road that affect the direction of the entire newspaper industry. From tomorrow, the Guardian will publish stories first to the web, ending the primacy of the printed newspaper. [Guardian Unlimited Technology | Technology...read full entry...
  • Registries, research and jobsJune 09, 2006A colleague drew my attention to an advert for a Bioinformatics Curator at the University of Manchester, which interestingly touched on several different issues that have been on my horizon recently. Here is an excerpt from the ad:We have an opportunity within the highly successful myGrid project for a bioinformatics...read full entry...
  • Does it exist?June 08, 2006abebooks.co.uk has an advert in the current London Review of Books. It suggests that 'if you can't find it here, it doesn't exist' and reports that it has '80 million new, secondhand, rare and out-of-print books'. And here is a note from (both the UK and US) website:With over 80...read full entry...
  • ISBNs: an interesting data pointJune 07, 2006About a third of the print books in WorldCat have ISBNs. Brian Lavoie provided me with this number based on the data extracted from WorldCat to support his joint work with Roger Schonfeld of Ithaka on the systemwide view of library collections. (Their presentation to CNI is available [ppt]; an...read full entry...
  • Blog search and intentional dataJune 04, 2006I have been using the (related) blog search systems from ask.com and bloglines.com the last few days. I had pretty much settled down to using Technorati.com and blogsearch.google.com. I am impressed enough to use the Ask/Bloglines offering for the next while.Well, it's finally time for a tasty collision: introducing Blog...read full entry...
  • Federated search that doesn't very wellJune 01, 2006I have written quite a bit in these pages about metasearch (see list of related entries below). In some recent presentations I have also suggested that metasearch is not a long-term solution to library or user needs. This has sometimes caused query or consternation, as libraries are investing considerably in...read full entry...
  • The owl of MinervaJune 01, 2006The home page of the Rush Rhees library at the University of Rochester displays a picture of a statue of Minerva. I sat through an interesting presentation this morning from Jennifer Bowen and David Lindahl about the Extensible Catalog project at Rochester. Their powerpoint template prominently featured a picture of...read full entry...