November 2009 has 9 entries

  • Counting books ...November 29, 2009I have been careful in recent posts about numbers to note that the term 'book' has no precise referent. One person's book is another person's pamphlet, or ... Brian Lavoie and I have an article in the current issue of DLib Magazine which uses Worldcat to estimate the number of...read full entry...
  • Network as a service ...November 29, 2009We have entered the era of Everything-as-a-service, where lowering transaction costs mean that a growing range of capacities can be sourced from the cloud. It has become common to talk about a threefold model: Software or applications as a service. A particular application may be used in the cloud (for...read full entry...
  • Social tools and scienceNovember 15, 2009In her report on Open science at webscale, I was interested to see Liz Lyon give the following list of tools used to share their work by researchers. Currently, researchers are using open science tools such as: Connotea for reference management Mendeley (which applies LastFM principles associated with music selections...read full entry...
  • Libraries and e-scienceNovember 13, 2009Emerging data-intensive e-science presents many support challenges for institutions, disciplines and national bodies to work through. The role of the academic library in this multiscale world is also an open question. Two recent reports discuss e-science (or 'cyberinfrastructure' or 'e-research') in general terms and repay reading. Liz Lyon, the Director...read full entry...
  • Reputation enhancement reduxNovember 12, 2009I wrote recently about the growing interesting in reputation management on the web. Reputation management on the web - individual and institutional - has become a more conscious activity for many, as ranking, assessment and other reputational measures are increasingly influenced by network visibility. In particular, it raises for academic...read full entry...
  • QOTD: protocol-based time travel for the webNovember 07, 2009We are pleased that Herbert Van de Sompel will be talking about Memento, a joint project of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Old Dominion University, at OCLC later this month. We will make a webcast available; see the details here. If you are in Central Ohio, come by .... Here...read full entry...
  • Libraries and the long tail: introNovember 02, 2009Discussing grades of availability in my last post, I mention an article I wrote a few years ago on libraries and the long tail. Here is how it starts: Discussions of the long tail that I have seen or heard in the library community strike me as somewhat partial. Much...read full entry...
  • On the discriminations of availability ... November 02, 2009Seamus Heaney famously - and in poetry - complained about being included in an anthology of 'British' poetry. In the course of his poem he invokes Miroslav Holub's 'On the necessity of truth' where a man creates a disturbance in a cinema when he sees a beaver mistakenly called a...read full entry...
  • Community bibliographyNovember 01, 2009I prefer 'crowdsourced' to 'user contributed' but neither works very well for me. In particular 'user contributed' does not seem a good term at all for a variety of reasons. Anyway, I was looking at the new catalogue at Ottawa Public Library powered by Bibliocommons earlier (following a mention by...read full entry...