July 2006 has 16 entries

  • The long tail: aggregating supply and demand at the network levelJuly 30, 2006The Long Tail book has arrived and has achieved airport display levels of prominence. Not unsurprisingly, there has been some renewed discussion about the long tail argument, and a notable critique appeared in the Wall Street Journal. In his commentary, Nicholas Carr links to this and to the response by...read full entry...
  • Where do you get your ideas from?July 30, 2006If you have an idle moment check out Dave Pattern's The Library 2.0 Idea Generator. Endless minutes of distraction .... ;-) It is nicely done. Occasionally, something modest is thrown up. I generated 'invent your library', for example, which might bring you back to the thoughts of that youthful curmudgeon,...read full entry...
  • QOTD: fadsJuly 30, 2006James Surowiecki - of Wisdom of the crowds fame - has a nice little piece on Boeing and Airbus in the New Yorker using recent reports of their relative fortunes as an example of premature rush to judgement. Because we underestimate how much variation can be caused simply by luck,...read full entry...
  • Balcony TVJuly 30, 2006A little off-topic, but Balcony TV is too nice not to share .... ... songs are recorded on a balcony in Dame Street, Dublin. The archive is on YouTube. Will it make it big :-? Update: cf the role of the web in the careers of Sandi Thom and the...read full entry...
  • JISC/CNI presentationsJuly 29, 2006As I have remarked a couple of times in these pages, conference agendas are often an interesting manifestation of current thinking. Presentations from the JISC/CNI conference are now appearing. Topics of interest in this case include a mix of policy, practice and research: changing patterns of information use in research...read full entry...
  • The library in the airportJuly 28, 2006I spoke at the congenial WilsWorld conference yesterday. On my way in, I did not notice a very distinctive feature. When I remarked on the fineness of the airport I was told about:On Wings of Art, the inaugural exhibition in the Art Court at the newly renovated Dane County Regional...read full entry...
  • Intute: a retrospective noteJuly 25, 2006Intute is the 'new face' of the UK-based Resource Discovery Network. Recently launched, it brings together the various component services of the RDN into a more coherent web presence, from both branding and service points of view. Here is a description from the website blurb:Intute is a free online service...read full entry...
  • WikiD and OpenURLJuly 24, 2006And while speaking of OpenURL .... ... my colleagues, Jeff Young and Thom Hickey, have an article in the current D-Lib Magazine about the WikiD repository framework which is an OpenURL 1.0 application. Here is the summary:WikiD demonstrates that OpenURL has potential far beyond its roots in citation linking. It...read full entry...
  • Resolution and transaction costsJuly 24, 2006Andrew Pace has a note emphasising the importance of OpenURL and resolution, placing it in the context of overall management of the supply chain that connects libraries and their partners. This is the right emphasis. A major challenge for libraries is removing transaction costs (the effort required to perform the...read full entry...
  • Some more public library reportsJuly 24, 2006I have been looking at Public libraries of New Zealand - a strategic framework 2006 - 2016 [pdf]. Interesting to see somebody brave enough to talk about ten years out, and it takes a suitably general and aspirational perspective. I discovered this in a press release which notes several new...read full entry...
  • Yeats and the webJuly 23, 2006I spent several hours at the Yeats exhibition at the National Library of Ireland earlier this week. It was very nicely done and I will come back to some more specific thoughts it prompted about evidence and exhibition, and shared interests between libraries, archives and museums. Motivations for the exhibition...read full entry...
  • SW CompJuly 23, 2006While I was away, Thom announced the Second OCLC Research Software Contest. Details here....read full entry...
  • Summer slowingJuly 10, 2006 I have been travelling in the UK and Ireland the last week or so, and have had intermittent access. I have not managed to post this week for that reason. I am heading into a couple of weeks of vacation (aka holiday) so there will be little posting for...read full entry...
  • Retrospect: You can run but you can't hideJuly 10, 2006The video [wvx] of my presentation at the University of Edinburgh is now available. I have received several kind comments and enquiries - surely it wasn't two and a half hours long ;-) I still cannot get used to the fact that many presentations are often not 'private' to you...read full entry...
  • RLG ProgramsJuly 10, 2006On July 1st we were excited to welcome our RLG colleagues to OCLC. We now look forward to building on the joint work of RLG's programmatic staff and OCLC Research, and working with partners, to create a significant capacity for change within the library, archives and museum communities. Check out...read full entry...
  • Small pieces ....July 10, 2006We have been interested in the great interest expressed in xISBN. It receives heavy traffic and seems to show how useful an easily recombinable web service can be. Thom compares the newer thingISBN service on LibraryThing with xISBN. Richard Wallis shows xISBN and thingISBN working with a couple more web...read full entry...