February 2007 has 22 entries

  • Using intentional data becomes routineFebruary 28, 2007I notice that IMDB has had a facelift. We use it a lot to see what folks think of movies - before renting or borrowing DVDs. We have a rule - rarely enforced ;-) - that we only watch movies with a score of 7 or over. A part of...read full entry...
  • Institutional cyberinfrastructureFebruary 26, 2007Thomas J. Hacker and Bradley C. Wheeler describe how changing research practices are creating new support demands and argue for the benefits of centralized cyberinfrastructure on campus. They talk about strategies for managing the conversation with schools who are developing their own infrastructure. This is in an article, Making Research...read full entry...
  • Only five computers?: network level computingFebruary 26, 2007Greg Papadopoulos, Sun's CTO, has a nice blog entry playing on the remark that Thomas J Watson is sometimes reported to have made about the world needing only five computers. He says yes, the world will only need five computers. Let's see, the Google grid is one. Microsoft's live.com is...read full entry...
  • Data curation educationFebruary 25, 2007What is data curation? Here is one view: Data curation is the active and on-going management of data through its lifecycle of interest and usefulness to scholarship, science, and education. Data curation activities enable data discovery and retrieval, maintain its quality, add value, and provide for re-use over time, and...read full entry...
  • The British Library websiteFebruary 23, 2007I notice that the British Library has redesigned its website. It now highlights a search for BL resources: allowing a single search across the website, catalogues, journal articles for delivery, and digitized collections. This is an interesting high profile example of the desire to offer readers more unified access across...read full entry...
  • QOTD: William Gibson on cyberspaceFebruary 21, 2007William Gibson gave us 'cyberspace' as a word. Here is his latest note:The thing that's going to be quaint about "cyberspace" (that already is, really) is the inherent assumption that it's a realm unto itself; that it's in any way elsewhere or other. [William Gibson]...read full entry...
  • Registry interfacesFebruary 20, 2007Ed Summers has a nice note on the Worldcat Registry of institutional profiles. Talking about machine level access through web services. The details are available here (free worldcat.org registration required). Two web services are now available. There are full details on the pages; here is what the headlines say: WorldCat...read full entry...
  • Worldcat RegistriesFebruary 19, 2007I wrote about registries a while ago.But this is exactly the situation we are in with higher level network services where we have no such directory services. Increasingly, library applications need to know about a variety of entities. We are used to thinking about information objects (books, journals, maps, etc)....read full entry...
  • QOTD: A new literacy?February 18, 2007In typically portentous tones, George Steiner notes the declining influence of the humanities and proposes a new literacy based on mathematics, music and architecture:A new literacy, as I imagine it, would have a core syllabus in mathematics, in music, and in architecture. The three domains of the human spirit can,...read full entry...
  • The anxiety of influenceFebruary 18, 2007We are lucky to live a short walk from the Whetstone branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library. I was there a few months ago browsing in the literature section. I was interested to see the strong presence of Harold Bloom. There were both books by him, and collections of critical essays...read full entry...
  • Self disclosureFebruary 18, 2007In several venues recently I have suggested that it would be useful to do some content analysis on various documents to see how institutions are describing themselves, their priorities, their relationships and so on. I am thinking of strategy documents, annual reports, but also things like websites, organizational charts and...read full entry...
  • Worldcat IdentitiesFebruary 13, 2007I have been looking forward to mentioning Worldcat Identities. Thom describes the background here. This is very nice work by Thom and his colleagues. This initiative mines Worldcat for individual identities and creates a page for each. There are a lot of nice features on each page. Here are some...read full entry...
  • Libraries and library buildingsFebruary 12, 2007Germaine Greer talks about her favorite word, library.Every now and then a writer will be asked to nominate a favourite word, and out will come "magenta" or "elfin" or "thrash" or whatever else floats up through the murk. Writers cannot have favourite words because every word in its proper place...read full entry...
  • NFX: Weinberger interviews O'ReillyFebruary 11, 2007David Weinberger has a nice hotel lobby interview with Tim O'Reilly on the FastForward Blog (which is devoted to Enterprise 2.0 discussions).Tim O’Reilly, creator of the Web 2.0 meme, says that organizations have been slow to understand how “network effects” can benefit their business if applied internally as well as...read full entry...
  • It's a small(ish) worldFebruary 11, 2007George Bernard Shaw is famously said to have said that England and America were countries separated by a common language (of course, Shaw was neither English nor American). Here are a couple of very small things that I ran into recently, not about language as such but about little cultural...read full entry...
  • Wikipedia again: an addressable knowledge baseFebruary 08, 2007Sometimes when you write something, related stuff just piles up. So I did a note on Wikipedia the other day. Then I was looking at an announcement on the University of Edinburgh's site about The British Academy Warton Lecture on Poetry, to be given this year on Yeats by his...read full entry...
  • QOTD: WikipediaFebruary 06, 2007John Sutherland writes about the decision of history faculty at Middlebury College to bar students from citing Wikipedia in their work. As it happens, I think the Middlebury decision is wrong. They should, I think, have put together an introductory course on 'scepticism', illustrated by Wikipedia entries good and bad,...read full entry...
  • Groups: Deff reportFebruary 05, 2007The role of the 'group' level in library matters is an interesting one, and one which - it seems to me - is becoming more important in the network environment. The cost and complexity of providing some services locally is pushing attention to the network level, where there may be...read full entry...
  • OCLC ALISE awardsFebruary 03, 2007Each year, in association with ALISE, OCLC makes several grants to faculty at schools of library and information science to assist them with their research. Check out the successful candidates for this year, and see what work has been supported in previous years....read full entry...
  • Libraries, Carnegie and GatesFebruary 02, 2007Vista is here and here are a couple of videos to mark it ..... Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the UK, introduced Bill Gates at the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum Europe 2007 in Edinburgh during the week. He spoke about philanthropy and began by invoking the Scot...read full entry...
  • CrosstechFebruary 01, 2007It looks as if the Crosstech blog will be worth following. Publishers International Linking Association, Inc. (doing business as “CrossRef”), is hosting this CrossRef Publisher Technology Forum (“CrossTech”) for its members and other participants on an invitation only basis, in order to provide a neutral forum where a wide range...read full entry...
  • ScapesFebruary 01, 2007Google announced a while ago that they were 'deprecating' their SOAP Search API in favour of an Ajax based search syndication strategy [as reported by Brady Forrest]. One motivation for this, it was speculated, was that the SOAP API-based syndication of search did not support their ad-based revenue model. Why?...read full entry...