September 2006 has 24 entries

  • BloggingSeptember 29, 2006Hey ... I noticed that the software competition entry was my 1000th! That's a lot of text ;-)...read full entry...
  • Book BurroSeptember 29, 2006Book Burro by Jesse Andrews was runner up in our software competition. I had seen mention of it before but had not tried it. I have just installed it and is is indeed very nice, as Liz Lawley, one of the judges, discusses. It is a FireFox extension which overlays...read full entry...
  • Ross Singer wins software contestSeptember 28, 2006Probably appropriate to do this as a haiku ;-) To: rsinger@gatech From: OCLC The check’s in the mail. I am pleased to announce that Ross wins our second software contest with Umlaut. Congratulations Ross ...! And Jesse Andrews was a very strong runner up with BookBurro. Thanks to judges Thom...read full entry...
  • CURL strategic planSeptember 27, 2006I was interested to come across the CURL Strategic Themes 2006-2008. CURL, for non-UK readers, is the consortium of research libraries in the UK and Ireland. Four themes are suggested: To contribute to the development of a national framework for research support To facilitate new approaches to support for research...read full entry...
  • SourcingSeptember 27, 2006We have gotten used to talking about 'sourcing', as in outsourcing or insourcing. I have just come across the expression 'crowdsourcing':What is crowdsourcing? According to Wikipedia Crowdsourcing is a term coined by Wired magazine writer Jeff Howe and editor Mark Robinson. Crowdsourcing relies upon unpaid or low-paid amateurs who use...read full entry...
  • Collaborative Sourcing? Open sourcing?September 23, 2006Paul Courant and Rebecca Griffiths published a paper on open source software recently. It was called Software and collaboration in higher education: a study of open source software and was funded by several institutions, including the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. The final report is available [pdf] and there is a...read full entry...
  • The word that will be on everybody's lips this fall ...September 21, 2006... is Zotero. So says Dan Cohen. I'll write much more in this space about Zotero over the coming year (and beyond), since I conceive it not just as a free EndNote replacement (actually, it's already much better than EndNote in only its 1.0 release), but as a platform for...read full entry...
  • What do writers and readers expect of the library?September 20, 2006Birte Christensen-Dalsgaard visited OCLC earlier this year, and gave an interesting presentation Developing Denmark's Next Generation Digital Library: Work Underway at Statsbiblioteket and DEFF [ppt]. One of the most interesting things she talked about was a study being carried out under the auspices of a DEFF project, User expectations and...read full entry...
  • D2D in OhioSeptember 20, 2006Our close neighbor, Peter Murray, of Ohiolink, has been posting about Service Oriented Architectures. He has just been elaborating with some examples of how one might organize an integrated discovery to delivery experience across a set of independently managed services. In his example, WorldCat, OhioLink, and local library systems are...read full entry...
  • eFoundationsSeptember 18, 2006If they can keep up the momentum ;-), eFoundations, a new blog by Andy Powell and Pete Johnston of Eduserv, will be worth tracking. Here is Andy beginning a discussion of repository interfaces:Anyway, I digress... to get back to the main point, my answer at the time can be summed...read full entry...
  • A note on Google Book Search and librariesSeptember 17, 2006Recent developments with Google Book Search and links to library catalogs have been noted in several places, and I thought I would just note some stuff here. Several related features: individual results are now carrying a 'find this book in a library' link [an example]in the advanced search option you...read full entry...
  • KwicSeptember 17, 2006Interesting .... the University of Bristol has a Kwic-style listing under its website A-Z index. It seems to work quite well....read full entry...
  • By the seaSeptember 16, 2006 Swansea University is by the sea. I like the way they use the sea in the current website design....read full entry...
  • The Times we live in: a Friday evening postingSeptember 15, 2006I wanted to look up something in the (London) Times and typed in www.times.com, only to discover that the (New York) Times has that URL. Now, unlike my children, I still occasionally type in a URL rather than going straight to the search box in the corner, and, ancient that...read full entry...
  • Audience level in the service layerSeptember 15, 2006I notice that John Blyberg has implemented access to our Audience Level Web Service in PatRest:I’ve updated AADL’s PatREST interface to reflect an addition I’ve made to the PatREST specification (now 1.3). This addition takes advantage of OCLC’s Audience Level indicator. OCLC makes this information available via an XML web...read full entry...
  • Open DataSeptember 14, 2006Peter Murray Rust writes about Open Data on his recently inaugurated blog. His work in chemical informatics is well known and may be of interest to some readers. However, I am drawn to write this entry by another small point. Having discussed the origins and uses of 'open data' as...read full entry...
  • Sphere ...September 09, 2006I know some folks who have some elaborate arrangements set up for tracking stuff across a variety of blog search engines. And catch lots of interesting things. Most folks I know probably never use any of them. As Steve Lawson points out various folks have ego-feeds to allow them track...read full entry...
  • What is the catalog?September 07, 2006I agreed with the comment Larry Campbell left about the catalog below:... I was particularly interested in your final paragraph above. I think your difficulty with the word "catalogue" reflects only a portion of the difficulty that our users are having with it. The apparently naive question, "what is 'the...read full entry...
  • Library waySeptember 05, 2006E41ST uses Flex 2, Amazon web services, and 'your public library' to connect an Amazon browsing experience with a look up in a local public library. E41ST is an attempt at making a corner of the web look the way I like to see it! Named after New York's East...read full entry...
  • Fingering volumesSeptember 04, 2006In December 2004 I wrote:Walter Benjamin famously asserted that "that which withers in the age of mechanical reproduction is the aura of the work of art". In his terms, the aura is that which is original or authentic about a work. Aura depends on the position of a work within...read full entry...
  • Search is more than searchSeptember 04, 2006Bjørn Olstad, CTO of FAST, presented at Ticer on search [pdf]. A couple of things caught my eye. It would have been nice to hear the presentation - I have only the .ppt to go on. He talks about a move from content management to consumption management. And taking the...read full entry...
  • Gaming and librariesSeptember 04, 2006John Kirriemuir sent me a link to his presentation on gaming and on gaming and libraries, given at the Ticer summer school: Digital libraries a la Carte: new choices for the future. John spends more time on this stuff more than most, so his presentation is a nice overview [ppt]....read full entry...
  • Some e-science resourcesSeptember 03, 2006One of the primary characteristics of current change is that the network is 'coming inside': it is becoming a part of routine activities and they are being reconfigured in the process. This is happening everywhere, and in science it goes under the name of 'e-science' or 'cyberinfrastructure'. The UK Research...read full entry...
  • The power of demand aggregationSeptember 02, 2006There are a couple of interesting recent posts on Hitwise. First, they note that Flickr is the UK's number one photo site. When they last looked at this in the Spring Flickr was still behind Photobucket. They attribute its improvement to good search engine optimization and searches for what they...read full entry...