May 2010 has 11 entries

  • A web-siting at Yale: other editions and xISBNMay 31, 2010I was looking at the Vufind implementation of the Yale University Library catalog - yufind - and was interested to see that it implements a link to OCLC's xISBN service to pull together other editions of a displayed result. Here is an example where several versions of Krapp's Last Tape...read full entry...
  • 'Reading at Library-scale'/'distant reading'May 30, 2010Franco Moretti has an interesting short book called Graphs, maps, trees: abstract models for literary history. He proposes a way of reading literary history which involves abstracting patterns across large stretches of a literary field rather than examining "concrete, individual works". In particular, he works with three organizing models: graphs,...read full entry...
  • Return on attention and Current CitesMay 30, 2010I was quite taken with the phrase "return on attention" while reading The Power of Pull a while ago. I was also interested in the deprecation of the term information overload. It's not so much about finding which information is most valuable, as many of those who fret about information...read full entry...
  • GooglingMay 30, 2010Google revamped its home page a while ago, highlighting a little more some additional features such as its wonder wheel, related searches, social (which searches among your 'friends' on various sites), nearby, and so on. I find the ability to limit by the date of pages in results quite useful...read full entry...
  • Reading lists, citation management and bibliographic tissueMay 22, 2010Here is something I wrote a couple of years ago under the title Personal reference collections as digital libraries. A little updating of examples and I think it still holds: We will see much more activity connecting user environments and bibliographic resources. I am thinking of citation managers, reading lists,...read full entry...
  • A note about Tracey ThornMay 21, 2010A little off topic ... I have been listening to Tracey Thorn's new album, Love and its opposite. Here are several things ... It has been available for listening for a while on the label site, and is embedded elsewhere. Videos of live home recordings are available for some songs...read full entry...
  • A spectacleMay 16, 2010I have been wearing glasses for thirty years or so. I ordered a new pair yesterday, and when I got home I had a look at all my previous pairs. Here they are: I am sure it says something about me ........read full entry...
  • AuraMay 16, 2010John Naughton has a nice column in The Observer today. He talks about how as part of welcoming Dan Cohen to Cambridge, the University Library prepared a display around Newton's Principia. John enjoys the experience ... I've owned a beautifully produced facsimile of the Principia for decades, so it wasn't...read full entry...
  • Research analyticsMay 15, 2010Analytics is big business. Organizations are increasingly turning to the analysis of transactional and other data to inform decision-making. Websites are refined based on analysis of traffic. Companies may use analytics to optimize inventory. And so on. I was struck by the parallel with business analytics when reading some brochures...read full entry...
  • QR codes again ...May 02, 2010Andy Walsh of the University of Huddersfield gave a very nice presentation on QR Codes at the recent EMTACL10 conference at NTNU in Trondheim. I particularly liked his introduction in which he provided some motivating context for his work. He noted that as library spaces became places for social activity,...read full entry...
  • People are entry points too ... reduxMay 02, 2010I have been reading The power of pull by John Hagel III, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison. They provide a broad framework for thinking about current changes and how people and firms should position themselves to operate effectively. A major part of this is a shift from managing 'knowledge...read full entry...