August 2006 has 27 entries

  • Discovery and disclosure againAugust 27, 2006I have a short article about the catalog(ue) in the current issue of Ariadne:I think that this shift poses major questions for the future of the catalogue, and this shift is bound up with the difference between discovery (identifying resources of interest) and location (identifying where those resources of interest...read full entry...
  • Libraries and global universitiesAugust 26, 2006The Newsweek ranking of the most 'global' universities has been widely noted. The size of library collection contributes 10% to the overall score. This seems bizarre, but is understandable as it is a readily accessible number. Maybe, Michigan will rise in future rankings if this becomes based on a library's...read full entry...
  • The collective collection againAugust 25, 2006The discussion about mass digitization and the growing number of off-site storage initiatives have heightened interest in what I have called the collective or aggregate collection.Over the coming years we will take a more active role in managing aggregate or collective collections: thinking about the best disposition of collections within...read full entry...
  • Synthesize, specialize, mobilizeAugust 25, 2006I have used the synthesize, specialize, mobilize triple as a way of organizing some recent presentations and have found it very useful. Unfortunately, I cannot claim credit for coining this. This is a formulation of my colleague Robin Murray of Fretwell Downing, now part of OCLC Pica. It is presented...read full entry...
  • The pursuit of usersAugust 24, 2006Scholarly Information Strategies are well known consultants. They make some presentations available on their website. There is some repetition, but that is not, after all, uncommon ;-) They explore changing patterns of scholarly publishing and communication in a network world. The themes will be familiar, but it is interesting seeing...read full entry...
  • Computing at the network levelAugust 24, 2006The blogs are alive with the sound of EC2. EC2 stands for Elastic Compute Cloud, a wonderfully descriptive name. This is the latest instalment of the Amazon as platform story. It provides flexible on-demand computational capacity. Sourcing options are becoming more interesting, and it underlines how over the next few...read full entry...
  • The academic libraryAugust 22, 2006I got an email from a recruiter a while ago wanting to talk about candidates for a director at a UK research library. I was struck by some of the language used. The post was described as one of the "most significant non-academic posts" (my emphasis) in the college, and...read full entry...
  • A little learning ...August 21, 2006A couple of resources about learning, services and the network:Scott Wilson has a nice roundup of thoughts and examples under the heading elearning and web services [pdf].Edufilter is a new blog from Dave Tosh and Ben Werdmuller, the principals in Elgg:Edufilter has been set up as a resource for those...read full entry...
  • Registries: the intelligence in the networkAugust 20, 2006Interaction between systems and services on the network requires intelligence. Intelligence about what is in the environment (search or resolution targets, for example), about how to interact with found entities (addresses or interface specifications, for example), about who is authorized to do what, and so on. Think of two parallels....read full entry...
  • Net Gen?August 18, 2006Norm Friesen critiques what he calls the Net Gen myth....read full entry...
  • Writing on the networkAugust 17, 2006I have just done a longish summary-sort of entry about Microsoft's take on what Ray Ozzie calls the 'services transformation'. I wrote that entry, and am writing this entry, using Window's Live Writer. This is a nice example of the services transformation in action: I am using a local application...read full entry...
  • Moving to the network level: MicrosoftAugust 17, 2006Of the big Internet age companies, Microsoft is in many ways the most interesting. It has to find a way of straddling its desktop legacy and the new world of web services. In this context, the recent presentation by Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's newly elevated Chief Software Architect, at the MSFT...read full entry...
  • Library logistics again: a UK reportAugust 14, 2006MLA in the UK has been working with PriceWaterhousCoopers on a framework for shared purchasing across UK public library authorities. They published a report a while ago, at which time I wrote:I have suggested in these pages that logistics is a central part of what we do. Logistics is about...read full entry...
  • 15 sites that changed the worldAugust 13, 2006Of the making of lists there is no end. The Observer Newspaper lists fifteen websites that changed the world to celebrate the fifteenth birthday of the web. Here is a part of John Naughton's introduction to the fifteen.All this we now take for granted. To get a handle on the...read full entry...
  • Hits and clicksAugust 13, 2006Nicholas Carr summarizes an analysis of the leaked AOL data.An analysis of the recently disclosed AOL search data, by SEO Blackhat, adds a further gloss to this phenomenon. According to the analysis, the #1 ranked search result garners, on average, 42.1% of all clickthroughs. The clickthrough rate falls off precipitously...read full entry...
  • Q6August 11, 2006My colleague Jeff Young has a blog - Q6 - where he is discussing issues around the design and deployment of OpenURL 1.0. it is aimed at those with some familiarity with OpenURL.The first thing to notice is that OpenURL 1.0 blows the doors off of OpenURL 0.1. OpenURL is...read full entry...
  • Discovery and disclosureAugust 08, 2006Science Library Pad has a couple of posts about libraries and the long tail. He makes the following interesting point contrasting 'availability' with 'discoverability':For example, PhotoBucket is in the availability business. You get a bucket of storage, you dump your photos in. It is mostly not in the discoverability business....read full entry...
  • Library geeks 001August 08, 2006The Chudnov media network expands with the addition of Library Geeks 001. If you are a library geek, or just play one on radio, this may be the spot for you. In the first interview, Ross Singer talks about OpenURL and much else. Well worth a listen for those comfortable...read full entry...
  • Up and downAugust 07, 2006I was just looking at the logs for this blog. They show a slight increase in traffic for July over June. But wait a minute! I was away for a large chunk of July and did not post. What is this telling me!...read full entry...
  • Worldcat.org appearsAugust 06, 2006Worldcat.org has gone live. This is a major step: it consolidates access to the collections and services of thousands of libraries on the open web. 1.3 billion items in approximately 18,000 libraries worldwide, and growing. There is a downloadable search box to add to your own page. The syntax for...read full entry...
  • Blogging back at themAugust 05, 2006More from YouTube: two videos to make you smile ... and think. They have been mentioned in various places. Nice to note them together, shortly after noting Balcony.tv, as they are manifestations of what is discussed in the first. My title is a line from the first, which nicely mocuments...read full entry...
  • Flickr Australia and the flowAugust 05, 2006I participated in a question-answer session at WilsWorld last week. I enjoyed it and took away several things to think about. At one stage, I said something along the lines of:Not only can we not expect people to come to the library, but we cannot expect them to come to...read full entry...
  • Repository interoperabilityAugust 04, 2006CNI, Mellon, Microsoft, JISC and DLF sponsored a meeting a while ago to discuss repository interoperability. The report of the meeting has just been published [pdf]. This will be of interest to folks interested in how stuff moves between repositories, and it is likely that there will be followup work...read full entry...
  • What's that name?August 02, 2006We have made the LC Name Authority File available for some time at a human user interface and as a web service. Recently, Ralph LeVan has nicely enhanced the search with a range of fuzzy matching techniques. It works quite well with incorrect or incomplete search strings, often returning what...read full entry...
  • Fred KilgourAugust 02, 2006I met Fred Kilgour only once. This was earlier this year In Chapel Hill when I had lunch with Fred and his wife Eleanor. We talked about the past, but what most occupied Fred and Eleanor was what they were doing then and what they were going to do. There...read full entry...
  • The Google 6? August 02, 2006The University of California is in discussion with Google about participating in the Google Book Search initiative. From the LA Times:Google is keen to have access to UC's 34 million volumes from 100 libraries on 10 campuses, which is described as collectively the largest academic research library in the world....read full entry...
  • Ask, answer, discoverAugust 01, 2006Yahoo! Answers just sort of snuck up on me. You can tell it is a real Web 2.0 service because it presents itself with three verbs: Ask, answer, discover. Here is Danny Sullivan on its rise:In May, Barry Schwartz wrote about Yahoo Answers hitting the 10 million answers posted mark,...read full entry...