October 2007 has 28 entries

  • QOTD: digital information October 31, 2007Library and Archives Canada has released a digital information strategy for consultation. Those involved with the development of this Strategy believe that if we apply a combination of will, clarity of vision, collaborative effort across sectors and jurisdictions, and investment from both private and public sectors, we can make Canada...read full entry...
  • CISTI labOctober 31, 2007I was in CISTI in Ottawa yesterday and saw an interesting and regrettably brief presentation from Glen Newton about the work of their research group They are doing some nice things to layer useful functionality across large data sets (e.g. clustering, mapping citation patterns, recommendation, ...). Some examples of their...read full entry...
  • xISSNOctober 31, 2007Our Openly colleagues have added a new service, xISSN, alongside xISBN. The xISSN Web service supplies ISSNs and other information associated with serial publications represented in WorldCat. Submit an ISSN to this service, and it returns a list of related ISSNs and selected metadata. The service is based on WorldCat,...read full entry...
  • Whither the academic library ...October 28, 2007A more than usually interesting set of powerpoints is available from the Sustaining the Digital Library : Symposium, 13-14 September 2007, University of Edinburgh. It looks at the future of academic libraries from several perspectives. The presentations from Peter Buneman and John Houghton may make folks think a little differently...read full entry...
  • QOTD: the market of ideasOctober 28, 2007From the introduction to the Becker-Posner blog. Becker is a Nobel prize-winning economist; Posner the prolific judge and legal theorist. Blogging is a major new social, political, and economic phenomenon. It is a fresh and striking exemplification of Friedrich Hayek's thesis that knowledge is widely distributed among people and that...read full entry...
  • Quotes of the day (and other days?): persistent academic discourseOctober 28, 2007Here is Grainne Conole, professor of e-learning at the Open University writing about academic papers, conference papers, and blogging: Coming back to the question of which represents academic discourse – to my mind it’s all three – in different ways writing a paper, giving a presentation and blogging all help...read full entry...
  • OpenURL ReferrerOctober 25, 2007My Openly colleagues have added an IE version of the OpenURL Referrer extension. The Firefox version is already available. OpenURL Referrer is a browser extension that can take certain kinds of citations on the web and convert them to direct links to one of your local library's databases. This can...read full entry...
  • Jon Udell interviews Stu WeibelOctober 23, 2007Jon Udell interviews my colleague Stu Weibel about Dublin Core, Worldcat, and related issues. On this episode of Interviews with Innovators, host Jon Udell invites Stuart Weibel to reflect on his leading role in the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. They also discuss how databases like the Online Computer Library Center's...read full entry...
  • The experiential gap: that Rhino againOctober 23, 2007Stephen Abram gave a lively presentation to OCLC Members' Council on Sunday night. Several times he remarked that somebody has to have tried a service, Second Life or Facebook for example, and 'had the experience' if they are to speak sensibly about it. This reminded me of a favorite image...read full entry...
  • Sharing, privacy and trust in our networked worldOctober 23, 2007The latest OCLC report to the membership, Sharing, privacy and trust in our networked world, is now available. The report is based on a survey (by Harris Interactive on behalf of OCLC) of the general public from six countries—Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States—and of...read full entry...
  • QOTD: I spyOctober 22, 2007From the BBC this morning:A British intelligence agency has targeted a new generation of recruits by advertising in computer games. The Cheltenham-based surveillance service GCHQ hopes to attract the attention of "tech-savvy" gamers.Adverts featuring the GCHQ website are on billboards within Xbox 360 games such as Splinter Cell: Double Agent...read full entry...
  • The special webOctober 21, 2007Quantity has a quality all its own. A focus on quality is one reason that libraries, archives and museums have not moved their collections in large quantities to the web. This reduces their visibility and impact as the web becomes central to research, learning and civic engagement. Scale matters, and...read full entry...
  • Names, names, names, .....October 19, 2007Name authority files are often national in scope and will be created under different policy regimes. This is the rationale for VIAF (the Virtual International Authority File). Thom and colleagues have just made a prototype VIAF system available. Read more about VIAF on the project page: The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, the...read full entry...
  • Processes and repositoriesOctober 16, 2007I find it convenient to think about current library systems activities in terms of support for three materials workflows: bought/print materials, licensed/electronic materials, and digital/digitized materials. This is being pragmatic rather than pure, and is open to challenge on many grounds. I have discussed these at more length here, and...read full entry...
  • FacebookISmOctober 15, 2007The things that are interesting.... ;-) See Andy Powell and Jon Udell on the Facebook/Twitter syntactic schISm....read full entry...
  • Personal collectionsOctober 15, 2007We have become used to managing collections of digital resources: images, music, citations. Zotero is one response to the question of how we will manage collections of scholarly resources. Raymond Yee's suggestive triple does good service describing the motivation: we want to be able to easily gather, create, and share...read full entry...
  • Liberals, againOctober 15, 2007So here is a chart showing the choices made by those of my Facebook 'friends' who chose to disclose political preferences in their profiles. As I suggested the other day one would expect a 'liberal' emphasis in the library community. Although I wonder what the distribution is among those who...read full entry...
  • LiberalsOctober 13, 2007Facebook invites participants to disclose their political views. Different national contexts are shaped by different political forces. The Facebook selection represents a US view of those forces. Take 'liberal' for example. As expected, most folks in the library community self-disclose as 'liberal' or 'very liberal'. However, 'liberal' is a rather...read full entry...
  • Organized, internationallyOctober 13, 2007There was some discussion a while ago in various places about the relative merits of bookstore and public library shelf organization. I was thinking of this as I was looking at music in Borders earlier today. Borders used to have Irish music in a section called World. Now they have...read full entry...
  • Memory: curatedOctober 11, 2007Major 'memory organizations' face significant challenges as the volume and variety of what is within their potential remit to collect grows. The digital turn has presented major challenges in developing routine ways of capturing and curating digital materials in many contexts. An Australian colleague pointed me to a joint statement...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Digital libraries and archivesOctober 10, 2007From Seamus Ross's keynote [PDF] at ECDL: I might humbly suggest that digital libraries must adopt a theoretical stance. As I noted above, library science is devoid of theoretical foundations and of a knowledge-base that is relevant to the budding digital world. Archival science with its principles of uniqueness, provenance,...read full entry...
  • Collections grid and digital conservancyOctober 09, 2007We use the following collections grid from time to time to help focus attention on particular collecting patterns in libraries. The bottom right hand corner represents materials that have not been highly stewarded and which are usually unique to a particular institution. The types of material which go in here...read full entry...
  • Research behaviors and the libraryOctober 09, 2007An interesting report [pdf] from the University of Minnesota Libraries looks at the behaviors of researchers in the sciences. It extends the earlier work done by the Libraries on researchers in the humanities and social sciences. Not unsurprisingly there is a major focus on having resources available online and when...read full entry...
  • Open UniversityOctober 08, 2007The Open University has one of the best logos I know. It does actually communicate something about the institution. And as an institution it is a significant achievement. At one time, TV programs were a major way the OU delivered courses. And for people of my generation, the off-peak OU...read full entry...
  • VellumOctober 08, 2007I don't really have a very good sense of how many readers of this blog drive Aston Martins. Those that do are probably familiar with Newport Pagnell, the English town where the car maker has had a presence since 1955. What they may not know is that Newport Pagnell is...read full entry...
  • Dis-owning collectionsOctober 07, 2007It is now conventional to make a distinction between what libraries own (e.g. books, DVDs, ...) and what they license (e.g. e-journals). However, we can only use 'own' in a circumscribed way. This has been made clearer in the mass digitization projects. Libraries cannot do as they wish with the...read full entry...
  • Identifiers again: namesOctober 04, 2007One area where growing interest in identifiers is very clear is that of people, particularly in their role as authors or creators. In this context, the Names Project in the UK is interesting:The project is going to scope the requirements of UK institutional and subject repositories for a service that...read full entry...
  • Library servicesOctober 04, 2007I am attending events in libraries in the UK this week. I have already been in Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and head to the Open University tomorrow. The former two have collections of world significance. The third is figuring out how to better serve a widely dispersed population over the...read full entry...