June 2007 has 21 entries

  • Call me Ishmael.1June 28, 2007Thom has a post talking about his ranking in Google searches for 'thom' and 'hickey'. And, given the importance of the web to the way that people search for information he suggests that it is probably not helpful to organizations, and their employees, to be poorly findable on the web....read full entry...
  • QOTD: keeping Wittgenstein out June 28, 2007Off-topic, but as it is nearly Friday. Here is Frank Kermode reviewing A.E.Housman's letters in the LRB. I wonder how Wittgenstein felt about this exclusion? The life of a bachelor fellow of Trinity could hardly be described as arduous; the company was distinguished, the wine excellent, the menus subject to...read full entry...
  • The texting recordJune 25, 2007I found David Crystal's remarks about the 'language' of texting in Words, Words, Words refreshing, having been in a couple of conversations recently where folks were complaining about it. "Texting language is totally appropriate for its setting" he says. And goes on to note "New genres add to the expressive...read full entry...
  • QsOTD: Facebook and the social graphJune 24, 2007Facebook opened itself up to non-college students a while ago. And weeks ago it opened itself up to other applications through the Facebook platform. It describes itself as a 'social utility'. Its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, talks about the 'social graph', a vast social interconnectedness which propagates news and views. Indeed,...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Facing and spacingJune 22, 2007Facebook is everywhere. I liked this paragraph from the Guardian business pages: The success of Facebook has not gone unnoticed at News Corp. Asked earlier this month by the Wall Street Journal - which he is looking to buy - why he had not made an offer for another North...read full entry...
  • Data curation againJune 21, 2007I mentioned the forthcoming report on data from Liz Lyon of UKOLN the other day. It has now appeared. Liz Lyon Dealing with Data: Roles, Rights, Responsibilities and Relationships - Consultancy Report [Word] [PDF] (Permalink) [UKOLN - staff - Dr Liz Lyon] Despite its UK focus, this report should make...read full entry...
  • The integrated library systemJune 18, 2007A couple of notes on the Integrated Library System. A discussion document on the ILS, prepared at the University of Windsor, has been made available. [Future of the Integrated Library System] This pulls together some commentary on the current state and preferred directions for the ILS. Thanks to the authors...read full entry...
  • But, what do I really mean to you?June 18, 2007Given the importance of relationships within Facebook, folks would like it to offer a more appropriately expressive set of, er, 'relationship assertions' (you get to pick from a list of tick-boxes). An interesting confluence of opinion: Dave Winer, John Naughton, Stu Weibel, Jon Udell....read full entry...
  • Joyce booksJune 17, 2007So, given that yesterday was Bloomsday, here is a quickly produced list of books about Joyce. It is a selection of a hundred or so titles from a Worldcat search with 'james joyce' in the title. It was created using the new Worldcat lists feature....read full entry...
  • Bloom in DublinJune 16, 2007Today was Bloomsday, the day on which James Joyce's Ulysses is set. This has gone unremarked on the homepage of the National Library of Ireland, an institution which barely appears to have noticed the web. There is a link to a Joyce e-card gallery on the Dublin City Library homepage...read full entry...
  • Digital Curation BlogJune 13, 2007The Digital Curation Centre now has a blog. Well worth following for discussion of policy, service and technical issues surrounding data curation and repositories generally. Here is a snippet:Digital Curation is maintaining and adding value to a trusted body of digital information over the life cycle of scholarly and scientific...read full entry...
  • Developing a 'next generation' systemwide catalogJune 12, 2007Judith Pearce from the National Library of Australia left an interesting comment about the integration, or not, of full-text book indexes and library catalogs. Here is an excerpt:Here at the National Library of Australia, just as we are starting to address the challenge of getting nice fully FRBRised, relevance-ranked and...read full entry...
  • On demand book search again ...June 11, 2007In December 2005 I wrote: Now, one potential advantage of the book mass digitisation initiatives currently underway is that they are potentially creating a 'book content index' in the way that the search engines currently have a 'web content index'. Amazon is opening up a business which makes that 'web...read full entry...
  • Translations ...June 10, 2007Well, it is nice to see translations of recent entries into Danish and French. Many thanks .......read full entry...
  • New spacesJune 10, 2007Manuel Castells' Rise of the Network Society is a loose, baggy monster of a book, to hijack an expression. It is full of memorable phrases. One that has stuck in my mind is his catchy definition of space as 'material support for time-sharing social practices'. This is in the context...read full entry...
  • Data curation: a couple of thingsJune 09, 2007Curating our Digital Scientific Heritage: a Global Collaborative Challenge is the title of the third international Digital Curation Conference. I was interested to see scientific data described in this way as heritage given our sometimes restrictive use of heritage. Although the topic of data curation is now being more widely...read full entry...
  • LCWGFBC IIIJune 07, 2007The background paper for the third open meeting of the Library of Congress Working Group on Bibliographic Control has been released [pdf]....read full entry...
  • Systemic change: CIC and GoogleJune 06, 2007Today Google and CIC announce an agreement to digitize ten million volumes across the CIC libraries. Google has been adding new partners since the first announcement was made about the Google 5. Some folks have wondered what rationale has governed selection of partner opportunities. We do not know, but they...read full entry...
  • The digital creates interest in the physicalJune 06, 2007Carla Montori spoke about the Google digitization initiative at the University of Michigan at the LIBER Think Tank on the future value of the book artefact and the future value of digital documentary heritage [pdf]. She reported an interesting finding: experience of the digital version of an item is creating...read full entry...
  • Eduserv and Second LifeJune 01, 2007And while talking about other lives, those interested in thinking more about Second Life in an educational setting can follow the discussion on the Eduserv Foundation blog (second life on eFoundations) where this is a particular interest. They held a dual-world symposium (rl-sl does not quite have the ring about...read full entry...
  • New lifeJune 01, 2007There are lots of news stories, but little news, about the deal to develop a major virtual venue between the Swedish Entropia Universe and the Cyber Recreation Development Corporation (CRD), the online entertainment division of the Beijing Municipal People's Government. China will soon have its first cash-based virtual world, where...read full entry...