May 2009 has 15 entries

  • SearchingMay 31, 2009I got a note from Debbie Campbell, Director, Collaborative Services, at the National Library of Australia the other week about their new prototype discovery service. The service is available at http://sbdsproto.nla.gov.au/ and provides integrated access to over 42 million metadata and text resources from a range of the National Library's...read full entry...
  • A single business system environment reduxMay 30, 2009The new prototype discovery service from the National Library of Australia caused a ripple of interest the other week when it was released. One reason for the interest is that it brings together access to a range of NLA resources (Picture Australia, Libraries Australia, and Pandora, among others) as well...read full entry...
  • Weekend readingMay 29, 2009I am pleased to note two recently released RLG Partnership reports. Schaffner, Jennifer. The Metadata is the Interface: Better Description for Better Discovery of Archives and Special Collections (.pdf: 190K/17 pp.)Smith-Yoshimura, Karen. Networking Names (.pdf: 135K/25 pp.)...read full entry...
  • Scientific data setsMay 27, 2009As attention to research data management and re-use grows I was interested to see the Gateway to Scientific Data provided by CISTI at the National Research Council Canada. Access to data from scientific research is increasingly important to collaborative research. This section aims to improve access to scientific research data...read full entry...
  • Three sentencesMay 22, 2009I just spent a very congenial couple of days in Champaign, Illinois, at the Summer Institute for Humanities Data Curation. Here are some memorable sentences ... Karen Wickett shared a very nice Rule in discussion: "I like to do favors for my future self". I used this sentence of Geoff...read full entry...
  • QOTD: libraries and museumsMay 22, 2009CILIP is the UK professional organization for library (and other information) workers. I was interested to read the passage below in a recent submission it made to a parliamentary group looking at public libraries in England. It is referring to MLA, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, a government sponsored...read full entry...
  • Reputation enhancementMay 20, 2009I was interested to see the combination of services presented on the Research and Enterprise pages of the London School of Economics. These include: The LSE experts directoryLSE Research Online (the institutional repository)Links to corporate relations, commercialization activites, and to podcasts, videos and other public outputs. I was especially interested...read full entry...
  • Web 2.0 and air freshenerMay 17, 2009Web 2.0 is often talked about in terms reminiscent of an advert for air freshener: spray it on and there will be a major improvement in the quality of life, or at least of your service. Add tags or an RSS feed and you will be future-ready. You will smell...read full entry...
  • The library of the future ...May 17, 2009A recurrent theme of this blog has been that networking changes the way we think about organizational boundaries. That said, there is generally not very much discussion of this issue in libraries, where the focus tends to be on individual services or applications, or on changing user behaviors. For this...read full entry...
  • Dura-sellMay 12, 2009The organizational coalescence of Dspace and Fedora, announced yesterday, is welcome and not too surprising. This arrangement concentrates the resources of two organizations with similar missions and should strengthen their joint ability to secure future resources and to improve their products and services. The new organization is to be called...read full entry...
  • QOTD: studio workMay 09, 2009The NYT describes James Patterson's work practice ... ... an author who so towers over the best-seller lists that a couple of years ago he estimated that he earned royalties on one out of every 15 hardcover books published in this country. In fact, Mr. Patterson now publishes so many...read full entry...
  • Earth worksMay 09, 2009One of the most interesting things we have seen while in the US is the Serpent Mound in southern Ohio, reputedly the largest effigy earthworks in the world. Atop a plateau overlooking the Brush Creek Valley, Serpent Mound is the largest and finest serpent effigy in the United States. Nearly...read full entry...
  • QOTD: measuring web audiencesMay 04, 2009From an article in the MIT Technology Review ... .... confusion about the size of web audiences is universal.No one really knows how many people visit websites. No established third-party supplier of audience measurement data is trusted. Internal Web logs exaggerate audiences. This matters to more people than investors, like...read full entry...
  • BloggingMay 03, 2009I seem to spend less time looking at blogs, library or otherwise. I don't know if this is just me or if it is a general experience. The demands of work, life and Twitter perhaps. No doubt Walt will inform us in due course whether the volume of library blogging,...read full entry...
  • Entrepreneurial skills are not given out with grant lettersMay 03, 2009Ithaka produced a report last year - Sustainability and revenue models for online academic resources PDF - for the Strategic Content Alliance (SCA), a UK collaboration of cultural and educational organizations. They followed up with a series of case studies (scroll down the list of SCA publications to the sustainability...read full entry...