December 2009 has 13 entries

  • How to repost?December 29, 2009I 're-posted' my entry on the 'two ways of Web 2.0' the other day. On the site, I now have a page for the original entry and for the 're-post'. I have just 're-posted' another entry, but this time I chose to do it a different way. I changed the...read full entry...
  • Being friends with the librarian in the Bibliothèque NationalDecember 29, 2009[I bring back this entry prompted by the selection of The Arcades Project in the series of canonical works in the Times Higher Education Supplement. It was originally published on July 13 2007.] There is a passage in a letter from Walter Benjamin to Theodor Adorno where he suggests removing...read full entry...
  • Research assessment and the library ...December 27, 2009I am pleased to note the appearance of a new report on research assessment and the role of libraries. This has been prepared as part of our Research Information Management stream of work in support of the RLG Partnership. The study is a comparative review of formal assessment regimes in...read full entry...
  • The information, er, protocol society ...December 27, 2009The 'information society' is a vague term, but seems to convey enough of something useful to stay in currency. Frank Webster reviews the concept as it is used in the social sciences and communications studies here. Reductively, one might point to two emphases in thinking about an Information Society, which...read full entry...
  • Being foreignDecember 27, 2009We have been traveling over the holiday period - to London briefly, and then on to various Irish destinations. One of the consequences of Twitter is that there are fewer incentives for the 'pointer' blog entry, a collection of links to interesting items. However, this is a pointer entry. It...read full entry...
  • The importance of books ..December 20, 2009I read the interesting Communicating knowledge: how and why UK researchers publish and disseminate their findings and its supplementary reports (literature review and bibliometric analysis) on a transatlantic flight the other day. (Incidentally, it must have been the most cramped large-plane seat I have ever been on - I could...read full entry...
  • The two ways of Web 2.0 - retreadDecember 20, 2009[I first published this in March 2008, and still find it useful to think in terms of concentration and diffusion. I was reminded of the entry and prompted to 'recycle' it - despite its age - when I read the following sentence in a recent blog entry by Nicholas Carr...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Spiders and flies and classicsDecember 13, 2009Reading Concerning E.M. Forster by Frank Kermode, I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes, Forster's response to Eliot's criticism of his remarks about D.H. Lawrence ... So they corresponded and respected one another, and after Lawrence died Forster wrote that the regarded him as 'one of the glories...read full entry...
  • Stuff as a service ...December 13, 2009First, a note on a couple of recent media experiences ... We went to The boat that rocked (aka Pirate Radio) recently and were determined to enjoy it. For those that don't know, it is a movie set in 1966 on a 'pirate radio' ship broadcasting music into the UK....read full entry...
  • Your new home pageDecember 11, 2009Tony Hirst has made the interesting observation that an organization's real home page is the first page of its Google results. One of the several announcements made by Google last week was one about the integration of real-time feeds in its search results. First, we're introducing new features that bring...read full entry...
  • Choice is hard work: an anecdatumDecember 06, 2009We got an iMac for family use in the Summer. I never liked the keyboard and the mouse keeps sticking as crumbs and so on get lodged in it. Myself and my son headed off to Micro Center the other evening to explore replacements. They had sold out of the...read full entry...
  • Beyond bibliographic recordsDecember 06, 2009Our cataloging model revolves around the 'manifestation', the particular edition or version of a work that is to be added to the collection. This is also the unit of bibliographic exchange: we ship around MARC records which have data about 'manifestations'. These are the 'inputs' into our catalogs and bibliographic...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Great cultural collisionsDecember 06, 2009There is an interview with Paul McGuinness, manager of U2, in the weekend FT. McGuinness has been an active participant in discussions about the impact of network distribution on the music business (see here for example). Given the recent discussions around Google Book Search and around indexing of newspaper content,...read full entry...