March 2008 has 24 entries

  • Copyright investigation practicesMarch 31, 2008My Programs colleagues have released an interesting review [pdf] of copyright investigation practices across several RLG Partners. In this project, staff from eight partner institutions participated in copyright investigation interviews between August and September 2007 to share the ways in which their institutions currently obtain copyright permission to provide users...read full entry...
  • TagsMarch 29, 2008Stanford researchers collected data from del.icio.us and come to some pretty interesting conclusions about tagging. Of course, they are talking about tagging of web pages where the text of the tagged item is available for indexing. Social bookmarking is a recent phenomenon which has the potential to give us a...read full entry...
  • ILSMarch 25, 2008I did a search on ILS in Google earlier. The top result was for a website called ILSMart.com where the ILS stands for Inventory Locator Service. It is a supply chain company for the aviation and allied businesses. Inventory Locator Service is not a bad name for what we call...read full entry...
  • SSEO for librariesMarch 24, 2008Well, another very fine issue of the Code4Lib Journal has appeared. Jody L DeRidder has an interesting piece describing how they used browsable link pages (by subject, name, ..) and sitemaps to improve the visibility of a particular resource to search engines. The discussion gets into some of the issues...read full entry...
  • Research Outputs Repository Platform from MicrosoftMarch 24, 2008Savas Parastatidis announces the announcement of a platform from Microsoft to support 'research output repositories'. At the Open Repositories 2008 conference, we will formally unveil our work in advance of its official release and initiate interactions/exchanges with the DSpace, EPrints, Fedora, and other players in the repository community. This is...read full entry...
  • Columbus - tech cityMarch 24, 2008A little off topic .. but I was interested to see Columbus, Ohio, listed as number one in a Forbes.com report of a list of Top 10 Up-and-Coming Tech Cities. This is the result of work done by Philip Auerswald, professor of public policy at George Mason University. The brief...read full entry...
  • Full disclosure?March 23, 2008An interesting announcement from CLIR about a $4.27M competitive program to describe hidden collections has just appeared. The existence of such collections must be more fully disclosed if they are to release more of their value in research and learning: With generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the...read full entry...
  • Search University research outputs here?March 21, 2008I mentioned iSoton a few weeks ago, an exploratory twopointification of a University of Southampton web presence (and see the follow-up conversation on Brian Kelly's blog). As many readers will know, Southampton is the home of major R&D, advocacy and support activities for open access (see the eprints.org page). I...read full entry...
  • An unadorned home pageMarch 20, 2008 I was quite taken with the very plain University of Oxford home page. It is like a sign hung beside the front gate....read full entry...
  • Library labsMarch 20, 2008The National Library of Australia has set up Library Labs: The aim of this wiki space, which we are calling Library Labs, is to let our friends and colleagues know what we are doing, to invite comments, questions and feedback and to provide a space for discussion and collaboration.We are...read full entry...
  • Book bag blog, book bag blog, book bag blogMarch 20, 2008And talking about University College Dublin, check out the Book Bag Blog if you want to see pictures of the library book bag in far flung places - and why wouldn't you ....? Here is an entry on their reader services blog describing it: What have Antarctica, Paris, Munich, Prague...read full entry...
  • An effective web presence?March 18, 2008The Library at University College Dublin (UCD) invited expressions of interest in a "website and online environment consultancy" a while ago. I thought that the document they prepared as background was nicely done, and that although specific in many ways to UCD it represented a general statement of common issues...read full entry...
  • MicroformatsMarch 17, 2008 I recently installed the Operator extension in my browser. Operator leverages microformats and other semantic data that are already available on many web pages to provide new ways to interact with web services. [Operator :: Firefox Add-ons] Interesting to see it in action on the JISC National eBooks Observatory...read full entry...
  • You're so vain ... you probably want to look at your h-indexMarch 16, 2008And speaking of Elsevier, several colleagues and I received an email invitation from "the Scopus team" to look at our h-index [Wikipedia entry] on our very own Scopus profile page. Here is some of the text from the invitation: The h-index * can help you evaluate and benchmark your research...read full entry...
  • Free and not freeMarch 16, 2008Chris Anderson introduces the themes of his new book, Free, in the current issue of Wired. You know this freaky land of free as the Web. A decade and a half into the great online experiment, the last debates over free versus pay online are ending. In 2007 The New...read full entry...
  • The times they are a changin'March 16, 2008I had to smile at these couple of reports from SXSW in the NYT ArtsBeat blog about technology and what it calls 'rock elders' Sometimes you can mark a generation gap with gizmos. At any SXSW event, a significant part of the audience is texting, taking digital pictures, or talking...read full entry...
  • Audience levelMarch 13, 2008We have updated the audience level experimental service pages. In this initiative we are using the pattern of holdings across different types of libraries (school, research, etc) to give a 'hint' about the level of interest of an item (juvenile, research/specialist, ...). You can read more about how we calculate...read full entry...
  • MashupsMarch 13, 2008Raymond Yee is the originator of the useful triple "gather, create, share", and is known for his work on the Scholar's Box. He lectures at the UC Berkeley School of Information. I have just got a copy of his book: Yee, Raymond. Pro Web 2.0 Mashups: Remixing Data and Web...read full entry...
  • Small notes on variably sized conferencesMarch 13, 2008I withdrew from a commitment to the BCLA conference a couple of months ago. This is not something I did lightly or do often and I apologize to Penny Swanson who nominated me and to the organizers. A clash with some other events emerged. I am pleased that my colleague...read full entry...
  • Blog rollMarch 12, 2008Here are some blogs of potential interest, two from OCLC and one from JISC. From OCLC: The Developers' Network blog This provide updates about services which allow applications integrate OCLC services and data. And Andrew Pace reappears in a new location: Hectic Pace JISC now has a blog from the...read full entry...
  • Churnalism: link baiting list of 50 most influential blogsMarch 10, 2008Today's Observer has a list of the world's 50 most powerful blogs. There is no indication of how it was put together. I wasn't familiar with all of the 50. No great surprises in the top few (Huffington, Boing Boing, Techcrunch, Kottke). I was surprised to see Crooked Timber on...read full entry...
  • Engaging academic users in a library serviceMarch 09, 2008OCUL (Ontario Council of University Libraries) has released a nice white paper which discusses issues in providing an end-user access environment for its shared resources, and more interestingly, how that environment engages with the behaviors and expectations of its academic users. This document (pdf) was created to highlight opportunities and...read full entry...
  • Book search and glanceabilityMarch 04, 2008Somebody I was talking to recently mentioned that they liked they way Microsoft implemented book search. In particular they mentioned the visual presentation of where in a book matched search terms occurred. I had a look. Here is a screen capture of the first result in a search done this...read full entry...
  • The two ways of Web 2.0March 02, 2008I find Web 2.0 increasingly confusing as a label; no surprise there. This is not just because of its essential vagueness, but because I think it tends to be used in a couple of very different ways. Where this happens there is bound to be some confusion. Schematically, I will...read full entry...