January 2007 has 19 entries

  • Metadata complexesJanuary 30, 2007The current Ariadne has an interesting article outlining the work done by Eduserv and UKOLN on an application profile for e-prints. This application profile represents a relatively innovative approach to metadata, taking as it does the FRBR model and applying it to scholarly works. By making use of the benefits...read full entry...
  • Communicating communications researchJanuary 30, 2007While looking at the Open Journal Systems pages I came across a link to the International Journal of Communication. This is probably old news to folks but I thought it quite interesting. It is a publication of the USC Annenberg Center. It is edited by Larry Gross and the distinguished...read full entry...
  • Moving compound objectsJanuary 29, 2007Herbert sent me a pointer to the report [pdf] of the first OAI-ORE Technical Committee meeting. From the website blurb:ORE will develop specifications that allow distributed repositories to exchange information about their constituent digital objects. These specifications will include approaches for representing digital objects and repository services that facilitate access...read full entry...
  • Music libraryJanuary 28, 2007I was listening to the audio for the ALA Top Tech Trends session on the LITA Blog. Cliff Lynch discussed the emergence of personal libraries and used music as an example. This reminded me that I had spent an interesting while (well, an hour or so) looking at the iTunes...read full entry...
  • Tundish, maps and emergent knowledgeJanuary 27, 2007There is a famous passage in A portrait of the artist as a young man where Stephen Dedalus is talking to an English priest and is made uncomfortable about the Irish way in which he speaks English. Stephen uses the word tundish for funnel, a word unfamiliar to the priest....read full entry...
  • AmapediaJanuary 26, 2007Here is something to watch. Amapedia is from Amazon:Amapedia introduces an exciting new way of organizing products we call "collaborative structured tagging". In a nutshell, it makes it easy for you to tag products with what they are and with their most important facts, and for others to search, discover,...read full entry...
  • ERAMSJanuary 23, 2007One of the more interesting discussions I had at ALA was with Martha Whittaker of Serials Solutions. She was talking about their use of the expression ERAMS (Electronic Resource Access and Management Services). Here is some blurb from Serials Solutions leaflet describing ERAMS:Now that the nature of library collections has...read full entry...
  • Standards: libraries, research and learningJanuary 18, 2007I came across the helpful JISC Standards Catalogue while checking something for a presentation. It is in the form of a Wiki maintained by UKOLN and provides descriptive information about standards of interest to the educational community....read full entry...
  • Off the gridJanuary 18, 2007I have been in Seattle since yesterday at some pre-ALA meetings, and will be here for the next few days. I will probably not be posting much, if anything, for a while. I am writing this courtesy of a wireless connection in the Seattle Public Library. This is my first...read full entry...
  • QOTD: second lifeJanuary 15, 2007Given the general interest in Second Life I was interested in this one of Michael Cairns' predictions for 2007. EBay will buy Linden Labs (Second Life). Within six months they will integrate Ebay selling tools into SecondLife enabling virtual store fronts, sales assistance and virtual trading. Will launch program with...read full entry...
  • Standards for D2DJanuary 15, 2007JISC, ALPSP, Crossref, and The Publishers' Association sponsored a conference - Discovery and access - standards and the information chain - in December. The proceedings are now available, as is a summary. This is really an excellent set of presentations from knowledgeable presenters, and they all repay reading. I was...read full entry...
  • Library bloggingJanuary 15, 2007Walt does a nice job describing Michael Sauer's Blogging and RSS: a librarians guide (here and here). I too was pleased to receive a copy over the holiday period. I should not have been so formal in my interview responses ;-) As I say in the book, I tend to...read full entry...
  • Nelsonville catalogJanuary 13, 2007Mentioning Koha the other day reminded me that I have used the Nelsonville Public Library catalog in a couple of recent presentations. It serves Athens County in South East Ohio and uses Koha. See the entry for this title: The art of Richard Diebenkorn. They provide access to Amazon search...read full entry...
  • Airplane reading: smelling the wineJanuary 13, 2007A busy week with a trip at the end meant little posting. Here is a note on travel reading. I received When red is black by Qiu Xiaolong over Christmas and finished it on the way back from New York City yesterday evening. Chen, the detective with literary interests is...read full entry...
  • Open source interconnectionsJanuary 11, 2007I was interested to come across Equinox Systems this morning:Created by the same team who planted the seed of Evergreen and grew it into a full-featured library automation system, Equinox Software is the only choice for the experience and expertise you need from your Evergreen development, support and integration team....read full entry...
  • QOTD: getting in the flowJanuary 07, 2007Niall Kennedy argues that 'search is not a zero switch cost'. Even if a strong competitor emerges for Google they will have to do quite a bit of work given the steps Google has taken to embed itself in various user flows:Google is spending billions to integrate its search products...read full entry...
  • Intentional data, and book salesJanuary 06, 2007I wrote about intentional data the other day. Here is a small example I have just come across. Tim O'Reilly is talking about Asterisk, an open source PBX solution. he wonders why it is not more discussed. It seems a bit like the early days of things like Perl and...read full entry...
  • Web scaleJanuary 05, 2007I like the expression web-scale. It is used heavily by Amazon and others in discussion of their 'platform' services like S3 and EC2. Here is a description of EC2, Amazon's on-demand computing infrastructure:Call it "utility computing" or "Web-scale computing" or "on-demand infrastructure." Whatever the case, Amazon is hoping that its...read full entry...
  • Justifying your place on the shelvesJanuary 01, 2007The Washington Post is carrying a story on collection development at Fairfax County Public Library. Collection development? Well, the hook is more their 'data driven' policy on discards. "We're being very ruthless," said Sam Clay, director of the 21-branch system since 1982. "A book is not forever. If you have...read full entry...