October 2008 has 17 entries

  • Google Book Search channellingOctober 30, 2008Regular readers will know that I follow the Hitwise blog. I was interested to see their note on Google Book Search the other day, prompted by the settlement which discussed which sites benefited from downstream traffic from that site. In other words, where do people go when they leave Google...read full entry...
  • On the record: two views from the GuardianOctober 29, 2008There is an interesting and reflective commentary about the historical record and 'unpublishing' in the Guardian. I particularly like the comment about tattoos. The consequences of putting information about yourself into the public domain are more far-reaching in a world where things you say are linked to, easily passed around...read full entry...
  • Jazzing up information/scholarly literacyOctober 28, 2008Writing about scholarly method, Paul Courant discusses 'information literacy' and 'scholarly literacy'. Partly in response to these concerns, there has been much talk about the importance of developing "information literacy". I will argue here that our most important audience is already information literate and then some. [3] Our interest should...read full entry...
  • Are you Asking ...October 24, 2008After a recent makeover, search engine Ask has a nice clean interface and some nice features. One that is foregrounded is the 'related searches' feature. I could not immediately see how they were generating this list, but it was often helpful. I was interested in what a search for Lorcan...read full entry...
  • SpinningOctober 23, 2008I have observed that 'concentration' - of data, of connections, of computing capacity - is major feature of Web 2.0. Nick Carr talked about the centripetal web the other day, and this was picked up in an interesting way by Mark Dahl: With the web as the medium, it becomes...read full entry...
  • QOTD: IBM and standardsOctober 23, 2008On the politics and business of standards making ..... Bob Sutor, vice president of open source and standards, tells me that Big Blue has decided to cast a cold eye over the performance of the standards bodies it belongs to - which number “several hundred” - and may drop its...read full entry...
  • User behaviorsOctober 21, 2008My colleague Lynn Connaway has been working on several collaborative projects looking at user behaviors over the last few years. Together, she and colleagues have produced a nice body of work looking at user attitudes and behaviors to library services, and to information work more generally. I thought it would...read full entry...
  • LAM Consolidation and public funding October 19, 2008It looks as if Ireland is to follow Canada in amalgamating its national archives and national library. However, the driver appears to be financial rather than functional, and it is one of several organizational consolidations being pushed through by the Irish Government. The news came in the 2009 budget announcement...read full entry...
  • Blogging and Montaigne: musing and raving, humours and conceitsOctober 19, 2008I returned from my travels last night to find a new edition of the Atlantic waiting for me. It grabbed attention as it has been redesigned, and I liked the redesign. But also, my eye was caught by the title of Andrew Sullivan's essay 'Why I blog'. Sullivan's whole essay...read full entry...
  • A local viewOctober 17, 2008I have had a chance to see more of the Science@Cambridge 'portal' and to hear from Cambridge colleagues how they plan to evolve it. As I noted, I particularly like the way in which access to the literature is surrounded by feed-based contextual services. I wondered about a view of...read full entry...
  • Starbucks and ArcadiaOctober 17, 2008Posting has been light as I am in Cambridge (UK) this week. Some of the time I was talking with folks involved in the Arcadia Programme. This initiative is potentially important in that it provides some space for otherwise busy practitioners to do some thinking .... The Arcadia Programme is...read full entry...
  • Books as HistoryOctober 12, 2008I have just read with enjoyment David Pearson's finely produced Books as history [Oak Knoll Press][Worldcat]. His theme is that the artifactual properties of books have historic, aesthetic or other interest independent of the texts they convey. He opens with some consideration of the place of the book in the...read full entry...
  • djatoka, OpenURL and OOMRef-JOctober 10, 2008djatoka, "A Reuse Friendly, Open Source JPEG 2000 Image Server" developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Research Library, was released recently. An article in D-Lib Magazine by Ryan Chute and Herbert Van de Sompel introduces it. A particular feature of the approach is its use of the OpenURL as enabling...read full entry...
  • Stitching costsOctober 08, 2008We are familiar with switching costs, the costs of changing a supplier. I may decide not to change my phone or email arrangements, for example, because I do not want to incur the effort of notifying all my contacts. Libraries are very familiar with switching costs given the range of...read full entry...
  • Library resources on the webOctober 06, 2008Cambridge University Library has launched an interesting new website science@Cambridge. It provides the increasingly common combination of metasearch, catalog and e-resource search. However, around this it provides a range of contextual services, many of them feed-based and dynamic. What I thought was especially interesting was the focus on providing access...read full entry...
  • Web 2.0 againOctober 05, 2008I have just got around to looking at Programming Collective Intelligence [O'Reilly][Worldcat] by Toby Segaran. This fascinating book demonstrates how you can build web applications to mine the enormous amount of data created by people on the Internet. With the sophisticated algorithms in this book, you can write smart programs...read full entry...
  • Optimal disclosure of published materialsOctober 01, 2008Simon Inger and Tracy Gardner released an interesting report a little while ago on How scholars navigate to scholarly content. This is a followup to a similar study carried out in 2005 [pdf], and one of the interesting strands of this report is an account of changes in that period....read full entry...