ebooks and other e-resources

  • A fragmented reading experience: locally and anecdotally speaking ..March 04, 2013 – In February 2011 I noted ... A while ago I was interested to observe that I had begun to resist buying paperback novels. ... In thinking about it, I realised that I only wanted to buy the experience not the physical item. My bag and our house is already cluttered...read full entry...
  • Books, artifactually and anecdotally speaking ...June 08, 2011 – Anecdotally speaking ....... it seems to me that the artifactual and design elements of print books are coming more to the fore, albeit in different ways. As the use of ebooks grows this is not really surprising, as this change creates niche opportunities for experiences focused specifically on the possibilities...read full entry...
  • The Collections shiftMarch 03, 2011 – A few things about library collection shifts came to my attention this week ... Taken together, they underline several central trends: the move to electronic, the managing down of print collections, and the curation of institutionally-generated learning and research resources. Rick Anderson has a typically pointed post about Cloud-sourcing Research...read full entry...
  • Buying books and/or experiences: a consumer viewFebruary 27, 2011 – A while ago I was interested to observe that I had begun to resist buying paperback novels. Before that, I would often come away with one from a trip to our local Border's (sadly now closing) or sometimes buy a mystery novel in the airport (especially on the return trip...read full entry...
  • We're not going anywhere .... OK, we lied ...June 14, 2010 – Last Friday I attended the RLG Partnership Symposium. The topic - When the books leave the building - reflected the growing discussion around the management of legacy print collections across the academic library system. The balance between local print, offsite print (local or shared), and emerging digitised collections, presents interesting...read full entry...
  • 'Reading at Library-scale'/'distant reading'May 30, 2010 – Franco 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...
  • Interstitial readingApril 11, 2010 – Evan Schnittman of OUP has an interesting post in which he discusses three types of digital reading: extractive, immersive and pedagogic. It is worth a read. Looking at his post, I was reminded of a phrase I used for a while: interstitial reading. We do quite a bit of reading...read full entry...
  • ReconfigurationsJanuary 16, 2010 – Readers will have noted recently that I have been interested in reputation management and impact, and in how libraries may support institutional goals in these areas. In this context I was interested to read the following in a thoughtful reflection on future directions for research libraries by Susan Gibbons: Another...read full entry...
  • Stuff as a service ...December 13, 2009 – First, 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...
  • Waking the unreadSeptember 23, 2009 – While looking at Google Book Search the other day I was intrigued to discover that parts of my early oeuvre, such as it is, have been digitized from the University of Michigan collections. I was particularly struck by the word clouds. Here is a word cloud from a 1991 work...read full entry...
  • Libraries and publishing: a couple of examplesSeptember 04, 2009 – As interaction with the book literature, publishing, the role of large print collections, and research and learning behaviors are all changing in a network environment, academic libraries have been looking at their role in the scholarly communication and publishing process. I came across two examples of library activity which prompt...read full entry...
  • Ebooks and/or digital booksAugust 20, 2009 – I was in a meeting with a group of folks from research libraries the other week. I was interested in a particular terminological issue: 'ebooks' and 'digital books' were each being used in conversation. I asked was there a pattern of consistent use here. 'Not complete consistency' was the answer,...read full entry...
  • Reading books on the move ...June 16, 2009 – I have just read M-Libraries: Information use on the move: a report from the Arcadia Programme [pdf] by Keren Mills. It provides an overview of recent trends in 'mobilized' library services, library services which use mobile communications. It reports the results of a survey of library users about their preferences...read full entry...
  • Libraries and catalogues: systemic attentionJune 05, 2009 – The Research Information Network in the UK has released a timely report: Creating catalogues: bibliographic records in a networked world [Splash page; pdf]. It is concise and has a useful Summary and Key Findings section. I found it an interesting read, in no small part because it rehearses various key...read full entry...
  • QOTD: books: the last frontier for adsApril 25, 2009 – Fintan O'Toole writes about the Google books settlement in the Irish Times. He wonders which ads will be shown to accompany which texts. My favorite is the third, the opening of Ulysses .... PICTURE THIS. You read "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of...read full entry...
  • E-journal impact .... April 21, 2009 – The Research Information Network in the UK has released a report about the impact of e-journals ... 'E-journals: their use, value and impact' takes an in-depth look at how researchers in the UK use electronic journals, the value they bring to universities and research institutions and the contribution they make...read full entry...
  • Google Book Search and LibrariesJanuary 17, 2009 – My colleague Ricky Erway has distilled material relevant to libraries from the proposed Google agreement with the APA and Authors' Guild. Now I'm not a lawyer (and I've had that confirmed by our folks in legal) and not even a little lawyer-like, but I read the settlement agreement, most of...read full entry...
  • QOTD: putting book info in the flowDecember 17, 2008 – Mike Shatzkin writes about the changing environment for publishers in Publishers' Weekly. There are some familiar themes ... Network concentration (Amazon) and diffusion (recommendation and referral from social sites, widgets, ...) ... Print book review media and subscription book clubs are fewer in number and, most critically, bricks-and-mortar retail shelf...read full entry...
  • Sustaining the digital investmentDecember 17, 2008 – The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access was launched last year by the National Science Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in partnership with the Library of Congress, JISC, CLIR, and NARA. It is jointly chaired by Fran Berman of the San Diego Supercomputer Center...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Books on the webSeptember 07, 2008 – An interesting story about an academic imprint from Bloomsbury with a different business model .... The imprint will use Creative Commons licences to allow non-commercial use of all its titles on publication. Pinter described it as "a major commitment to spreading knowledge more easily throughout the world, with a sustainable...read full entry...
  • Article history and Enid BlytonAugust 31, 2008 – It is nice seeing the Guardian record article history on the web version of articles - when was it originally published, what are the details of print publication, revisions. This shows that they are serious about what they publish as part of an ongoing part of the historical record. Incidentally,...read full entry...
  • A 'shop window' to the National Library of Scotland July 01, 2008 – I enjoyed a visit to The National Library of Scotland (NLS) a while ago. The NLS has an area on YouTube, showing videos from the Scottish Screen Archive. Here is a link to an interesting video (embedding is disabled) which is rather more engaging than its description suggests ;-) This...read full entry...
  • Two from Elsevier: Article 2.0 and interdisciplinaryJune 30, 2008 – Two unrelated notes about Elsevier initiatives. The first about a competition in which they are making available an article-based data set for recombination in external environments or applications. The second about a study of Science Direct usage which shows different patterns of interdisciplinary behavior across disciplines. Although, one could push...read full entry...
  • Harvesting metadata for electronic theses and dissertationsJune 18, 2008 – Thom has a nice note on ETD 2008, held at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. (ETD - Electronic Theses and Dissertations.) He notes our ongoing involvement in NDLTD: As part of OCLC's support to NDLTD we harvest metadata about ETDs, and make a union catalog (which includes metadata from...read full entry...
  • Analytics: mind the gapMay 23, 2008 – In a digital environment our actions shed data which can be collected and mined. We leave traces. In this context it is not surprising that 'analytics' has emerged as a central interest. 'Analytics' is often used to refer to how organizations analyse the data they collect to improve decisions or...read full entry...
  • Tagging at the network levelMay 11, 2008 – There is a fascinating entry by Seb Chan of the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney documenting experiences one month into their participation in the Commons on Flickr. The Powerhouse Museum has been alert to various ways of combining professional and audience metadata in its services. It was an early comer to...read full entry...
  • Information also wants to be expensiveApril 18, 2008 – I bought [i] a New York Times yesterday in our local Borders and, over coffee, was interested to open up a large two page spread advertising the newly named Thomson Reuters, A new name and a new logo. I was interested to read the following in the business pages (under...read full entry...
  • Book search and glanceabilityMarch 04, 2008 – Somebody I was talking to recently mentioned that they liked they way Microsoft implemented book search. In particular they mentioned the visual presentation of where in a book matched search terms occurred. I had a look. Here is a screen capture of the first result in a search done this...read full entry...
  • Kindle againDecember 02, 2007 – I got hold of a Kindle at work the other day, only for an evening as I had to pass it on. I didn't have it for long enough to form any realistic impression and I did not read a book on it. However, even based on this limited exposure,...read full entry...
  • KindleNovember 18, 2007 – The whole world seems to have seen that Newsweek is carrying a cover story about Kindle from Amazon ;-) The story is pretty positive. One notable aspect is the tight coupling of the service for delivering ebooks and other materials and the device for presenting them. This is a model...read full entry...
  • Dis-owning collectionsOctober 07, 2007 – It is now conventional to make a distinction between what libraries own (e.g. books, DVDs, ...) and what they license (e.g. e-journals). However, we can only use 'own' in a circumscribed way. This has been made clearer in the mass digitization projects. Libraries cannot do as they wish with the...read full entry...
  • ReferencesJuly 07, 2007 – Alma Swan has an interesting post discussing the value added by the publisher in copy editing and concludes that it is ... variable. She notes a publisher study: Wates and Campbell looked at copy editing changes carried out on a set of science, humanities and social science articles at Blackwell...read full entry...
  • Systemic change: CIC and GoogleJune 06, 2007 – Today Google and CIC announce an agreement to digitize ten million volumes across the CIC libraries. Google has been adding new partners since the first announcement was made about the Google 5. Some folks have wondered what rationale has governed selection of partner opportunities. We do not know, but they...read full entry...
  • The digital creates interest in the physicalJune 06, 2007 – Carla Montori spoke about the Google digitization initiative at the University of Michigan at the LIBER Think Tank on the future value of the book artefact and the future value of digital documentary heritage [pdf]. She reported an interesting finding: experience of the digital version of an item is creating...read full entry...
  • Resolving the serials supply chainMay 29, 2007 – Link resolvers and the serials supply chain [pdf] is the title of an interesting report commissioned by the UK Serials Group and written by James Culling. From the summary: The current knowledge base data supply chain is characterized by a complex series of roles, relationships and inter-dependencies between publishers, other...read full entry...
  • Books are technology tooApril 16, 2007 – The Google digitization of books appears to have caught the public imagination. Recent weeks have seen high profile articles in The Economist [subscription required]and The New Yorker as well as several newspaper pieces (see the links and response on this OUP blog entry for example). Google Book Search is a...read full entry...
  • Discovery at the network levelApril 10, 2007 – Evan Schnittman of OUP responds to an article in the FT (now behind a subscription wall) on Google digitization:The reality is we are not running scared from Google - frankly it's quite the opposite. Through initiatives such as Google Book Search, Amazon's Search Inside the Book, Microsoft's Windows Live Book...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Libraries and learning management systemsApril 06, 2007 – I have just acquired Virtual learning environments: using choosing and developing your VLE by Martin Weller. VLE is a term popular in the UK for Course or Learning Management System. Weller is Professor of Educational Technology at the Open University where he directed their VLE project. The Open University is...read full entry...
  • Wales, Ohio and library poemsMarch 26, 2007 – The National Library of Wales is celebrating its centenary with a series of events and exhibitions, and with a new website. I discovered this as I stumbled across the Wales-Ohio project, no less. As a resident of Columbus, Ohio, I need to watch how this develops!The experiences of the Welsh...read full entry...
  • Finding TimeMarch 20, 2007 – A funny video about a library website? Yes, it is possible .... One of the highlights of the CIC 2007 Library Conference was in the presentation from Ellysa Cahoy of Penn State (you can see Ellysa's presentation on Slideshare). Her topic was how the library website should help the user...read full entry...
  • Paper platformsMarch 14, 2007 – From BuzzMachine:Yesterday, Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of the Guardian, told the staff of his newspaper that now “all journalists work for the digital platform” and that they should regard “its demands as preeminent.” [BuzzMachine » Blog Archive » ‘The web is preeminent’]Folks will notice that I occasionally quote from the Guardian...read full entry...
  • GBS FRBRMarch 12, 2007 –  I mentioned Augustine of Hippo the other day, in the context of the interesting work that Google is doing to develop a contextual page for each book (resources about it, resources related to it, etc. See this Penguin Classic with the nice cover, for example). Searching for the 'City...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Google booksMarch 06, 2007 – Peter Brantley, the new Director of the Digital Library Federation writes about the library digitization initiatives with Google:We poisoned our hand before we played it. We were approached singly, charmed in confidence, the stranger was beguiling, and we embraced. For the love of selfish confidence, we spoke neither our fortune...read full entry...
  • Music libraryJanuary 28, 2007 – I was listening to the audio for the ALA Top Tech Trends session on the LITA Blog. Cliff Lynch discussed the emergence of personal libraries and used music as an example. This reminded me that I had spent an interesting while (well, an hour or so) looking at the iTunes...read full entry...
  • Tundish, maps and emergent knowledgeJanuary 27, 2007 – There is a famous passage in A portrait of the artist as a young man where Stephen Dedalus is talking to an English priest and is made uncomfortable about the Irish way in which he speaks English. Stephen uses the word tundish for funnel, a word unfamiliar to the priest....read full entry...
  • Mass digitizationDecember 17, 2006 – In preparation for my trip to France recently, I read, in English, Jean-Noël Jeanneney's critique of the Google digitization of library books, Google and the myth of universal knowledge : a view from Europe ('available' here, on, er, Google Book Search). Whatever one's response to his argument, it is a...read full entry...
  • QOTD: hiding things on the library websiteDecember 10, 2006 – Libraries struggle with how to present multiple digital materials on their websites. Here is The Oldie magazine on the rewards and frustrations of using public library websites.First, get to know the catalogue; the entire regional catalogue is available for you to look at from home. You can search for a...read full entry...
  • All the online peopleOctober 19, 2006 – Collections of personal papers are important areas of interest for libraries and archives, and for the scholars and students that use them. In the last few weeks, several examples of digital - or digitized - personal papers have come over my horizon: Cambridge University has just launched The complete works...read full entry...
  • Compare bibliographic resourcesOctober 03, 2006 – I notice that the new JISC Collections service has made available an "academic database assessment tool" to help libraries as they make choices about A&I and related services.This database assessment site aims to help libraries to make informed decisions about future subscriptions to bibliographic databases. The site provides access to...read full entry...
  • A note on Google Book Search and librariesSeptember 17, 2006 – Recent developments with Google Book Search and links to library catalogs have been noted in several places, and I thought I would just note some stuff here. Several related features: individual results are now carrying a 'find this book in a library' link [an example]in the advanced search option you...read full entry...
  • Open DataSeptember 14, 2006 – Peter Murray Rust writes about Open Data on his recently inaugurated blog. His work in chemical informatics is well known and may be of interest to some readers. However, I am drawn to write this entry by another small point. Having discussed the origins and uses of 'open data' as...read full entry...
  • Fingering volumesSeptember 04, 2006 – In December 2004 I wrote:Walter Benjamin famously asserted that "that which withers in the age of mechanical reproduction is the aura of the work of art". In his terms, the aura is that which is original or authentic about a work. Aura depends on the position of a work within...read full entry...
  • The Google 6? August 02, 2006 – The University of California is in discussion with Google about participating in the Google Book Search initiative. From the LA Times:Google is keen to have access to UC's 34 million volumes from 100 libraries on 10 campuses, which is described as collectively the largest academic research library in the world....read full entry...
  • Photo synthesisJune 26, 2006 – There was a flurry of conversation last week about Hitwise's blog entry report on use of web-based image management sites. The surprise was they claimed that PhotoBucket.com had about 44% of the photo-site market, ahead of Yahoo! Photos (18%) and Webshots Community (8.34%). Flickr was in sixth place with around...read full entry...
  • Obscure Shakespearean gemsJune 14, 2006 – For Prospero, his library was dukedom enough. I verified this through a search of The Tempest on Google Book Search just now. Many readers will have seen that Google Book Search has a Shakespeare page:This summer we're working to make Shakespeare even more accessible with our website at www.google.com/shakespeare, where...read full entry...
  • Guardian on the webJune 12, 2006 – An interesting note on the UK Guardian newspaper:We have come to one of those forks in the road that affect the direction of the entire newspaper industry. From tomorrow, the Guardian will publish stories first to the web, ending the primacy of the printed newspaper. [Guardian Unlimited Technology | Technology...read full entry...
  • How much is that book in the window ...April 18, 2006 – Jack Ammerman has an interesting point in relation to my entry about what 'owning' a book might actually mean (Sharable and licensable). I note that given the restrictions on what one can do with the intellectual content of a book which is still in copyright that the gap between our...read full entry...
  • Sharable and licensableApril 10, 2006 – We have several mass digitization initiatives underway. And there seems to be an expectation that these will continue, that more of our current collective book and journal collection will be digitized. There are a variety of drivers for this, both for libraries and for the other organizations which have stepped...read full entry...
  • Further FRBR applicationsJanuary 04, 2006 – University of Chicago law professor Randy Picker recounts some experiences with Google Book Search. He talks about looking for The Wealth of Nations. Of course, the publication of Smith's work was the second great event of 1776 (or was it the first?), so it would be surprising if the work...read full entry...
  • Keeping the public in publishing?January 03, 2006 – We are used to buying books. To sharing them. To giving and receiving them as gifts. To quietly marking them. Even sometimes to proclaiming ownership in a bookplate. We are used to copying parts of them for study, to quoting from them. Books circulate - through libraries, private collections, bookstores...read full entry...
  • On demand book searchDecember 13, 2005 – Thinking about book content indexing again .... John Battelle announced the Alexa Web Search Platform on his blog earlier today. In short, Alexa, an Amazon-owned search company started by Bruce Gilliat and Brewster Kahle (and the spider that fuels the Internet Archive), is going to offer its index up to...read full entry...
  • QOTDNovember 21, 2005 – The NYT story on Sid Verba has been noted in several places. This quote caught my eye. James Hilton, the interim university librarian at the University of Michigan, for example, said that he asked his staff a year ago to estimate how long it would take to digitize the library's...read full entry...
  • A book is a book is a book ...October 30, 2005 – I came across the following lines in Derek Mahon's Selected Poems this morning. They are from The Joycentenary Ode, a poem written in a Joycean idiom ...Everybaddy readsYour wooks now inUnlimited eruditions;Now maybe my ears are especially sensitized to such issues (from our FRBR work) but I wondered if we...read full entry...
  • Engaging the viewer/listenerOctober 30, 2005 – The BBC has been a web innovator, and has a significant international web presence. Tom Coates has a post on a current project looking at user annotation of audio. This was interesting to me for several reasons which touch very closely on current library issues. First, he briefly describes the...read full entry...
  • Open Content AllianceOctober 26, 2005 – The Open Content Alliance has been meeting. Some of the discussion has been blogged here and in an earlier entry. I am also grateful to Peter for a link to the following Book presentation of background. This is available on the open library website.Last week, the Internet Archive launched Open...read full entry...
  • Nature technologyOctober 25, 2005 – There is an interesting presentation [ppt] by Timo Hannay of Nature Publishing Group on the UC Berkeley Database Group Seminar pages. This shows how a major publisher is thinking about what it means to be a service in a network environment. It discusses how they are looking at structure and...read full entry...
  • Stanford and iTunesOctober 23, 2005 – An interesting announcement from Stanford and Apple about making Stanford materials available on iTunes:Stanford on iTunes will provide alumni--as well as the general public--with a new and versatile way of staying connected to the university through downloads of faculty lectures, campus events, performances, book readings, music recorded by Stanford students...read full entry...
  • WikibooksSeptember 28, 2005 – I had not come across Wikibooks before, which is a collection of textbook 'modules' created in the Wikipedia model. Wikibooks is one of the Wikimedia family. Naturally enough, coverage is still intermittent. I do not know what sort of momentum it has picked up. There is a skeleton - if...read full entry...
  • L'ogre anglophoneSeptember 21, 2005 – From BiblioAcid on the finding in our Aggregate collections article that about 50% of unique titles in the aggregate Google 5 collections were in non-English languages.Bref, l'�crasement de la francophonie par l'ogre anglophone Google semble largement fantasm�. [BiblioAcid]Of course, our figures refer to the collections themselves, not to the choices...read full entry...
  • The anatomy of an aggregate collectionSeptember 17, 2005 – Over the coming years we will take a more active role in managing aggregate or collective collections: thinking about the best disposition of collections within particular inter-institutional policy environments. The opportunity costs of managing print collections will ensure that this happens. My colleague and I state this as follows in...read full entry...
  • Thinking about the G5April 16, 2005 – Here are some random thoughts abot the Google library digitization discussions ....If large amounts of the G5 library collections are digitized, indexed and searchable then we have an index to books in all library collections. This initiative potentially improves access to all library collections, provided we have good ways of...read full entry...
  • The Annotated TimesApril 10, 2005 – Blogrunner has an interesting service where they integrate blog commentary with the New York Times: The Annotated New York Times. Paul Krugman appears to be the most commented upon author at the moment. Spotted in John Naughton's Memex 1.1....read full entry...
  • Reading in the bathFebruary 17, 2005 – One of the more dreary library arguments over the years has been the 'reading in the bath' case against digital resources. In this context, I was interested to see this story in the new(ish) Make: blog from O'Reilly:Here are some photos of a new iPod Shuffle waterproof case. I'm making...read full entry...
  • Unanticipated usesFebruary 11, 2005 – Now that people have economical access to large amounts of storage on the iPod new uses are emerging.Ratib and his programming partner Dr. Antoine Rosset set about developing a software application that uses the iPod and other off-the-shelf Macintosh equipment to manipulate, manage, and move medical imaging data between departments...read full entry...
  • iPods againFebruary 01, 2005 – I may have to get one of these things:All you Vegans with iPods can now rest easy when cooking away from home. Enrique Quintero's Pod Gourmet Vegan Edition is a collection of 277 Vegan recipes neatly organized and ready for download to your iPod. [Josh Rubin: Cool Hunting: PodGourmet Vegan...read full entry...
  • More on iPodJanuary 23, 2005 – Having noted the iPod killer app below (well maybe not ;-), and looked at the video, I keep coming across iPods. I notice the heavy concentration of iPod models and accessories in the current Amazon electronics top wishlist. The NYT notes a new iPod loading 'industry', where services are emerging...read full entry...
  • Powerpoint points: access, preservation and identityDecember 29, 2004 – People have different styles with powerpoint presentations. Mine tend to be developed close to presentation and to be somewhat elliptical: points to keep me on course. Others are more carefully plotted narratives. Nevertheless, I find that quickly looking through a conference or workshop program of presentations can give quite a...read full entry...
  • RSS and journal TOCsDecember 28, 2004 – Leigh Dodds reports that Ingenta is delivering TOC data using RSS. The Tony Hammond article linked to has been widely noted. To be precise: in excess of 20,000 new RSS feeds containing the latest table of contents data for the academic journals that are still being actively loaded into our...read full entry...
  • Aura, Google Print and digitized library booksDecember 14, 2004 – Walter Benjamin famously asserted that "that which withers in the age of mechanical reproduction is the aura of the work of art". In his terms, the aura is that which is original or authentic about a work. Aura depends on the position of a work within a tradition and its...read full entry...
  • Portable reading listsNovember 03, 2004 – Reading lists are an interesting site for discussion about interoperability between library and learning management systems, and one where one might imagine some progress given the shared interest.These are a place where library and learning management interests intersect. What requirements might one have of a reading list builder? To be...read full entry...
  • Adobe, Yahoo and service recombinationOctober 31, 2004 – There is a growing desire to provide service at the point of need, or "at the point of inspiration" as Tim Cadogan of Yahoo says. Yahoo and Adobe have announced a collaboration around the Yahoo toolbar which will put Adobe and Yahoo functionality together on the desktop. This is another...read full entry...
  • Recombinant potential displayedOctober 28, 2004 – A short video has been produced as part of the JISC X4L program to show interoperability in action. I like to think of interoperability as recombinant potential and this video shows this very well. It looks at assembling a learning object from other objects in a learning object repository and...read full entry...
  • Social creationsOctober 26, 2004 – Multi-user games, wikipedia, e-bay, Amazon, Internet Movie Database. They all involve -- in different ways -- the co-creation of value between a platform provider and a social network enabled by that platform. Which raises issues of trust and authority. From a Guardian article on Wikipedia:To its fans, it is a...read full entry...
  • My mediaSeptember 25, 2004 – Adam Bosworth summarises how he would like his various media options to work together. These days, like everybody else, my media is increasingly on my hard disks. It is on PC's, Mac's, iPod's and recorders of TV like Tivo although mine is a Time Warner supplied variant. As such, like...read full entry...
  • Festschrift for Wendy LougeeSeptember 21, 2004 – I recently came across this online Festschrift for Wendy Lougee, marking her departure from Michigan. Digital libraries : a vision for the 21st century : a festschrift in honor of Wendy Lougee on the occasion of her departure from the University of Michigan / [edited by] Patricia Hodges, Maria Bonn,...read full entry...
  • Wikipedia and reputationSeptember 05, 2004 – Ross Mayfield summarises current discussions about the 'trustworthiness' of Wikipedia.Which brings me to an lingering thought -- that explicitly codifying reputation introduces a cost which can constrain commons-based peer production. Wikipedia was never supposed to work, somehow does because of good club theory and transaction costs, and has gained a...read full entry...
  • Datuments - data and documentsJuly 24, 2004 – Murrary-Rust and Rzepa discuss 'datuments', where a datument is "a combination of data and document created using formal markup to allow the processing of individual data components". A datument is a hyperdocument for transmitting "complete" information including content and behaviour. We differentiate between "machine-readability", merely that a document such as...read full entry...
  • Trip report VALA conference MelbourneMarch 08, 2004 – I presented the closing keynote [ppt] at the recent VALA conference in Melbourne Australia [VALA2004 Conference Programme and Links to Papers]. (Added 13 March: just came across a trip report for the VALA conference by Steve Thomas, University of Adelaide.) Here are some brief notes about the meeting ......read full entry...
  • Electronic book collections at MichiganJanuary 15, 2004 – The University of Michigan University Library has unveiled a free online collection of more than 20,000 volumes. The body of materials, named the "Digital General Collection" in homage to the library's original print General Collection, represents the beginning of Michigan's efforts to make available online a comprehensive body of library...read full entry...
  • NeotericJanuary 01, 2004 – The word of the day on dictionary.com is neoteric. The illustrative quote is:Electronic books, they say, are asking them to make a mental transition -- to veer from their ingrained appreciation for the printed books that fill our nation's more than 120,000 public, academic and special interest libraries -- to...read full entry...
  • ResearchBuzz on Google PrintDecember 26, 2003 – When I think of Amazon I think of retail. It's sensible that they arranged their "Search Inside the Book" feature with contemporary publishers and volumes. When I think of Google I think of search. It doesn't make sense to me that they're bypassing the huge number of valuable, institutionally-created, full-text...read full entry...
  • OeBFDecember 23, 2003 – Slashdot contributor critical of the Open eBook Forum approach: Slashdot | Open eBook Forum Courts Controversy Over Formats. He claims it is too much in thrall to the interests of its primary sponsors....read full entry...
  • Google printDecember 23, 2003 – Barbara Quint discusses the recent Google Print initiative in Information Today. She notes teething troubles with the exposure of OCLC records in Google and wondes about a 'library tab' within Google.One alternative would be to put such records into a sub-domain, adding another tab to the spare Google home page....read full entry...
  • Oxford scholarship onlineDecember 22, 2003 – Couple of interesting things about this announcement from ingenta and Oxford University Press. They are taking 700 books online, with plans to add a further 200 per year. Equations are marked up in MathML, and the search service is built on top of Lucene. Ingenta�s team of developers and designers,...read full entry...
  • ebooks in the UKOctober 30, 2003 – Content suitable for UK (and European) markets was, until recently, in very short supply, although pricing and access models also put ebooks out of reach for many UK public libraries. In some subject areas it may not matter if materials have a US bias, but it is important in subjects...read full entry...
  • JSTOR e-archiving initiativeOctober 29, 2003 –  From the inception of JSTOR, we anticipated the need to preserve the "born-digital" editions of scholarly journals. In order to focus on the special preservation and access challenges that this content raises, we have created a new unit within JSTOR, known as the Electronic-Archiving Initiative, or "E-Archive" more informally....read full entry...
  • Digital Canterbury Tales at the British LibraryOctober 24, 2003 – On this site you will find William Caxton's two editions of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, probably printed in 1476 and 1483. The originals are both in the British Library. [Caxton's Chaucer - view the original Canterbury Tales]...read full entry...
  • Proquest archive of thesesOctober 24, 2003 –  Preserving a university's dissertations and masters' theses showcases its research and academic history and provides valuable study tools for students and researchers. [ProQuest Information and Learning :: Press Release] The Library of Congress recognizes ProQuest as the only nationally designated digital archive for dissertations. It's the first time the...read full entry...