August 2008 has 19 entries

  • Metadata and HeraclitusAugust 31, 2008I was very struck a couple of years ago by a comment made by my colleague Eric Hellman. He talked about metadata in terms of rivers and lakes. In the library cataloging model we have had lakes - accumulating stores of data that do not change frequently over time and...read full entry...
  • Article history and Enid BlytonAugust 31, 2008It is nice seeing the Guardian record article history on the web version of articles - when was it originally published, what are the details of print publication, revisions. This shows that they are serious about what they publish as part of an ongoing part of the historical record. Incidentally,...read full entry...
  • Amplifying the meaning of the amplified conferenceAugust 28, 2008I have found the phrase 'amplified conference' useful as a way of talking about the surrounding communications techniques which accompany many recent conferences. These allow conference content to be communicated more widely, conversations about the conference to take place, and even the conference to reflexively adapt based on network input....read full entry...
  • QOTD: responsibly open and openly responsibleAugust 27, 2008Marin Weller of the Open University has an interesting paragraph in a blog post about his new role as director of the SocialLearn project. He talks about a desire to be open in communicating the progress of the initiative and soliciting input .... which prompts this thought: ... it's easy...read full entry...
  • Who's on TwitterAugust 25, 2008Interesting story on TIme.com from the Hitwise folks about Twitter demographics. I figured that the service would appeal exclusively to youngsters with nothing better to do. The user data, however, tell me I'm wrong, and reveal a very specific user profile: for example, males make up 63% of Twitterers, specifically...read full entry...
  • Metrics and visibilityAugust 22, 2008I was interested to come across the Service Level Definitions page at the Library at the London School of Economics. Additionally, we have a number of Service Targets which we monitor on a monthly or termly basis. You can see our general service standards and the full results for our...read full entry...
  • Library analyticsAugust 21, 2008The indefatigable Tony Hirst has an interesting post about using Google Analytics to analyse library website traffic. He looks at the Open University Library website. This is in preparation for a fuller paper he is preparing with Hassan Sheikh of the Library for Internet Librarian International 2008. Something to look...read full entry...
  • Data at the network levelAugust 20, 2008The impact of networking on organizational evolution is interesting: how does networking impact how libraries coordinate their resources to get their work done effectively? In the 'network age' there have been several major shifts in how libraries coordinate resources (and by resources, I am thinking about their budgets, staff, and...read full entry...
  • Repository of Repository-related blogsAugust 20, 2008I notice that this blog is included in a useful list of repository-related blogs from the Repositories Support Group. The JISC funded Repositories Support Project has today launched a new service - The RSP Blog Directory (http://rsp.ac.uk/blogs/). It provides a list of recommended and informative blogs regarding the repository scene...read full entry...
  • The collective collection and RanganathanAugust 20, 2008Readers of this blog - or of the RLG Partnership work agenda - will be familiar with the phrase collective collection. We use it to refer to the intensification of systemwide interest in the management of collections, whether the system is at consortial, state, national or some other level. Consortial...read full entry...
  • RLG PartnershipAugust 20, 2008We have just released a highlights report [pdf] about our work over the last year in support of the RLG Partnership. It is a very nice record of achievement and has a range of useful pointers to documents and intiatives....read full entry...
  • The future of media?August 20, 2008As we have been traveling I haven't been watching a lot of TV, I thought I would go and have a look at a few videos of discussed Olympic events. The BBC is usually my first port of call for things like this, but of course, as noted previously, they...read full entry...
  • Worldcat APIAugust 18, 2008The Worldcat API was released beyond the original trial group while I was away.The WorldCat Search API provides access to WorldCat bibliographic records and holdings using the FRBR concepts to pull together various editions of the same work. The API provides access to the WorldCat databases from clients that can...read full entry...
  • HolidayAugust 12, 2008I am on holiday in Ireland so no posting in the last few days, or for the next .......read full entry...
  • Texting shelf informationAugust 04, 2008I have heard of people photographing catalog results with their cell phones and heading off to the shelves. And now I have just come across the Tripod library catalog. You can text yourself the bibliographic details - see the icon on the entry above. Here is what happens when you...read full entry...
  • Stuck in the middle ....August 03, 2008Much of our current model of network information and communication behavior is in the middle ground, it is based on the personal computer (desk- or lap-top) as a consumption target and the organizational website as the delivery target. In other words, the library website is the front door to network...read full entry...
  • Selecting snippetsAugust 02, 2008Her Worldcat Identities page currently appears on the first page of results in a search for Eavan Boland Thom Hickey mentioned steps that his group is taking to make Identities more crawler-friendly in a recent post. Looking through various results with him the other day, the Boland snippet caught our...read full entry...
  • Google was hereAugust 02, 2008We live a hundred yards or so off High Street, the historic North-South thoroughfare in Columbus. In fact, the picture below is taken from High Street and the exit is the entrance to our street. I just noticed this on Google Maps; I don't know how long they have had...read full entry...
  • From GLAM to ColumbusAugust 01, 2008I use GLAM as a category on this blog, standing duty for Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums. We do not have a great collective name for these institutions. Sometimes we may use memory institutions or organizations, but it can sound a little contrived. I was interested to see Tara Brabazon...read full entry...