June 2008 has 24 entries

  • Linking to IdentitiesJune 30, 2008Thom has a note about linking to Worldcat Identities. The current API has various aspects ..... here is a list with examples for the two simpler approaches. See Thom's post for fuller detail. 1. Direct linking using an LCCN. Here is the link for Van Morrison: http://worldcat.org/identities/lccn-n85-148183. 2. OpenURL See...read full entry...
  • Two from Elsevier: Article 2.0 and interdisciplinaryJune 30, 2008Two unrelated notes about Elsevier initiatives. The first about a competition in which they are making available an article-based data set for recombination in external environments or applications. The second about a study of Science Direct usage which shows different patterns of interdisciplinary behavior across disciplines. Although, one could push...read full entry...
  • Encore at GlasgowJune 29, 2008I was interested to come across the Encore implementation at the University of Glasgow. This is still in development, but here is a description of current features ... Encore is a new way of searching the Library catalogue offering: single search box relevance ranked results location & availability details links...read full entry...
  • IPRJune 28, 2008Not surprising really, but I was interested to realize recently how much more real IPR issues are for my children than they were for me. A couple of indicators .... Brand. They are very aware of brands - for clothes, accessories, and so on. More particularly, they have a sense...read full entry...
  • Calais - entity identification in the cloudJune 26, 2008Calais is a web service provided by Thomson Reuters, currently at no charge. Calais enhances your content with rich semantic metadata. Using your content as a starting point you can utilize Calais to automatically add metadata such as entities (people, places, organizations, etc.), facts (John Doe works for Acme Corporation...read full entry...
  • The institutional web presence againJune 25, 2008I pointed to Brian Kelly's note about the evolution of the University of Bath's web presence the other day. Brian works at UKOLN, which is at the University of Bath. He uses the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine to chart how the University's web presence changed over the years, and makes...read full entry...
  • xISSN and Title History ToolJune 23, 2008xISBN is now well established. xOCLCNUM was introduced a while ago, as an aspect of the xISBN service. xISBN is now being joined by xISSN, a new Web service. With this service you can supply an ISSN, and find out about any predecessor, successor, and alternate ISSNs and titles, and...read full entry...
  • CiteMeAppJune 22, 2008A new Worldcat Facebook application is now available: CiteMe. Get formatted citations in APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, or Turabian style. Start by searching for an item in WorldCat, the world's largest network of library content and services. Find your title in the results, click the Get citations links, and you're...read full entry...
  • The Bath University recordJune 20, 2008As more of the "institutional record" gets pushed to the institutional website ('brochureware', prospectuses, course catalogs, annual reports, newsletters, etc) it raises interesting questions about who manages that institutional memory and about how it is managed. I worked at the University of Bath for many years. My former colleague Brian...read full entry...
  • Harvesting metadata for electronic theses and dissertationsJune 18, 2008Thom has a nice note on ETD 2008, held at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. (ETD - Electronic Theses and Dissertations.) He notes our ongoing involvement in NDLTD: As part of OCLC's support to NDLTD we harvest metadata about ETDs, and make a union catalog (which includes metadata from...read full entry...
  • Network level image collectionsJune 18, 2008And speaking of network level access, the Flickr Commons initiative seems to be getting real traction. The Smithsonian has just joined the Library of Congress, the Brooklyn Museum and The Powerhouse Museum in making a selection of images available on Flickr. I had not looked closely at the text on...read full entry...
  • MetalogueJune 18, 2008I am pleased to be able to report that my colleague Karen Calhoun has launched a blog: I'm Karen Calhoun, Vice President of WorldCat and Metadata Services at OCLC. Some OCLC colleagues and I have joined together to launch Metalogue, a new blog devoted to cataloguing and metadata topics around...read full entry...
  • Flickr switchJune 16, 2008I just came across a new document published by TASI, Using Flickr to Organise a Collection of Images. The advice is timely in light of the general discussion about using network-level services to manage or expose resources. Whether you have a small number of photographs you would like to share...read full entry...
  • Pictures from reusable pixel objectsJune 16, 2008I like the FooBar picture from EbOY and have used it in presentations as a hook on which to hang a discussion of network trends. EbOY is three artists based in Berlin. What do they do? We create re-usable pixel objects and take them to build complex and extensible artwork....read full entry...
  • Academic library and organizationJune 15, 2008Being in the UK for a few days has reminded me of how common the 'merged service' is in UK universities. This is where IT services, library, possibly management information services, and various other services may be combined in one unit. Of course, organizational boundaries and labels vary from institution...read full entry...
  • Beyond actually existing Institutional Repositories ...June 10, 2008Repositories and Web 2.0 discusses the relative merits of existing institutional repositories and putative network level shared repositories which provide more incentives for depositers. It continues an argument in favor of network level shared repositories that Andy Powell has been making for a while. Andy has made the presentation available...read full entry...
  • Academic EvergreenJune 09, 2008From a news item on the library website at Prince Edward Island University announcing the introduction of the Evergreen library system .... The only permanent change arising from this transition will be a positive one: a brand-new Library catalogue! We’ll be making lots of improvements to the catalogue search and...read full entry...
  • Comparing social networking in the 19th and 21st centuriesJune 08, 2008I am at the SCONUL conference in Edinburgh this week and have been getting ready. I was looking at the National Library of Scotland's website earlier today and was interested to see this notice: PhD candidates are eligible for the research post, which is being funded through the Arts and...read full entry...
  • MlabsJune 07, 2008Check out the labs page at the University of Michigan Library: MLibrary Labs is where the University of Michigan Library shows off some tools that are not quite ready for prime time. [UM Library: MLibrary Labs] There is some nice stuff here. I found this via [BLT] the Blog for...read full entry...
  • Institutional discovery systemsJune 06, 2008The University of Wisconsin - Madison has made available its report about institutional discovery services [pdf]. Compare Google searching to the many steps and decisions one must make in order to locate a scholarly article on the UW-Madison Libraries Web site and you get a sense of the problem. [Resource...read full entry...
  • QOTD: All the news that is fit to print ....June 06, 2008All the news that is fit to print is not enough any more .... From the Yahoo! developer network blog. Lately there's been quite a few changes in "old school" media, with radio stations and TV channels starting developer programs. The newest wave seems to be newspapers embracing the new...read full entry...
  • Google and virtual bookshelfJune 05, 2008SEO by the Sea wonders about Google's plans for what it calls a 'virtual bookshelf site'. It presents a list of 13 such sites, from GoodReads to BookJetty. It then reviews a pretty interesting patent application from Google. A patent application for a virtual bookshelf program from Google was published...read full entry...
  • Long Room HubJune 04, 2008The picture selected to accompany Robert Darnton's article about research libraries in the New York Review of Books was of the Long Room in Trinity College Dublin. Robin Adams mentioned this at the RLG Programs Digitization and the Humanities: Impact on Libraries and Special Collections Symposium earlier today. He also...read full entry...
  • GooglingJune 01, 2008Often when people talk about Google it is as if it is something stable. But things are always moving on. There is an interesting, if somewhat high-level, overview of search quality by Udi Manber on the Google Blog which talks some of the ways in which Google decides how to...read full entry...