December 2006 has 20 entries

  • Emergent knowledge and intentional dataDecember 31, 2006I have written about 'intentional' data on and off, data recording user preferences or choices. Such data has a variety of uses in our domain: we are all familiar with Amazon's 'people who bought this also bought this' feature. One of the major lessons of Google is to show how...read full entry...
  • Library historyDecember 31, 2006If you have $495 to spend, or £261.25, you can acquire The Cambridge history of libraries in Britain and Ireland. The publisher claims that this is "The most comprehensive history of libraries from their beginnings to the digital age". Three volumes, 2072 pages, 4.99 lbs. I would be interested in...read full entry...
  • London displayedDecember 29, 2006The British Library has an exhibition on London and its maps. There is a 'curator's blog'. And there I read:Just a quick note to let you know about a fantastic new Google Earth layer based on London: A Life in Maps that a colleague in our web team has put...read full entry...
  • The power of the Google flowDecember 29, 2006I mentioned the other day that of the three blog search engines - Technorati, Google Blogsearch, Ask/Bloglines - that I tended to use, Technorati had slipped to number three because of its slower response times. When it is part of the flow of what you are doing, you do not...read full entry...
  • Circulation and the collective collection againDecember 27, 2006I stumbled upon the pages at Swarthmore College Library devoted to WH Auden's spell as a teacher there earlier today. There are a few nice pages pointing to his use of the library.Auden was a great poet and a provocative professor, but he was not always the ideal library patron....read full entry...
  • Knights and copyrightDecember 23, 2006The Gowers Review of Intellectual Property [report home page] was released recently in the UK, and was welcomed by those opposed to the extension of the existing copyright term. More of that later ... I recently watched Out of Ireland: from a whisper to a scream again, a video documentary...read full entry...
  • Holiday greetingsDecember 20, 2006Check out our holiday card. Make sure to click on something ........read full entry...
  • Comparing single search environmentsDecember 20, 2006Over time I reckon that 'single search' will replace 'metasearch' for general article access. This is not to say that there will not be target markets where niche databases do not continue to exist, rather that alternative solutions for general article searching seem inevitable given the difficulties of metasearch. Now,...read full entry...
  • Google is the environmentDecember 20, 2006The Guardian summarizes:Rich Skrenta, co-founder and CEO of Topix.net, is fed up with hearing low numbers for Google's market share when he reckons the real number is around 70%. Let's start by agreeing that Rich is measuring something different: search referrals, rather than searches. However, referrals is actually a more...read full entry...
  • Library systems marketDecember 18, 2006Prompted by Andrew Pace's comments on the ILS a while ago, I noted that there was less discussion in the library community about the industry that supports it than one might expect. Given the various announcements since then, this is of even more interest (Coutts/Ingrams, Endeavor/Ex Libris, Blackwells/Wiley). Anyway, in...read full entry...
  • Mass digitizationDecember 17, 2006In preparation for my trip to France recently, I read, in English, Jean-Noël Jeanneney's critique of the Google digitization of library books, Google and the myth of universal knowledge : a view from Europe ('available' here, on, er, Google Book Search). Whatever one's response to his argument, it is a...read full entry...
  • Finding fictionDecember 16, 2006FictionFinder has been available for quite a while. Check out the new version. This is a prototype which has several motivations. It takes fiction records from Worldcat and shows how the data can be made 'work harder' to create useful and interesting experience. It offers a 'frbresque' view of the...read full entry...
  • Research ReserveDecember 13, 2006I mentioned below that I attended a meeting which discussed the UK Research Reserve (UKRR) last week (see UK Research Reserve Update [pdf], a presentation by Clare Jenkins, Imperial College, for details of this initiative). I was in London for other purposes and thought it would be interesting to attend...read full entry...
  • WikipediaDecember 13, 2006A little while ago, a former colleague pointed me at the Wikipedia page for Lorcan Dempsey. I had several reactions, one of which was to want to edit the page. It is mostly based on the limited amount of information in my public OCLC bio and on the web more...read full entry...
  • Future of bibliographic controlDecember 11, 2006I am a member of the Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control convened by Deanna Marcum of the Library of Congress. Advances in search-engine technology, the popularity of the Internet and the influx of electronic information resources have greatly changed the way libraries do their work. To address...read full entry...
  • QOTD: hiding things on the library websiteDecember 10, 2006Libraries struggle with how to present multiple digital materials on their websites. Here is The Oldie magazine on the rewards and frustrations of using public library websites.First, get to know the catalogue; the entire regional catalogue is available for you to look at from home. You can search for a...read full entry...
  • Two buildingsDecember 09, 2006I spoke last Friday at Numérique et bibliothèques : le deuxième choc a conference at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, at Le site François-Mitterrand. Earlier in the week I attended a meeting about the proposed UK Research Reserve at the British Library, at St Pancras. The UKRR is a collaborative...read full entry...
  • QOTD: the opportunity cost of storing print journalsDecember 08, 2006More on library space:Low-use journals taking up shelf space have become one of the top three concerns for CURL members. “You have to ask yourself, does it make sense to clog shelves in some of the most expensive real-estate in London?” Jenkins asked. The medical faculty of Imperial College ,...read full entry...
  • The book as platformDecember 04, 2006I was reading Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities on a flight home the other day. A major part of his argument is that publishing - of books, newspapers, and so on - played an important role in creating a shared identity across geographically distributed communities, which in turn was important in...read full entry...
  • Knowledge and healthDecember 03, 2006The UK magazine Update recently carried a story on how health information provision is being coordinated in the UK National Health Service. It contains a striking quote about the value of information - the 'application of what we know' - from Dr Muir Grey who has been very involved in...read full entry...