General - Distributed Environments

Effective web presence …

We are growing used to the idea that simply making things available on the web does not necessarily make them widely discovered or discoverable. I have used the phrase ‘search engine interoperability’ in these pages already. This is a play on ‘search engine optimization’, which some do not like (although I think we should not … Continue reading Effective web presence …

VIAF design pattern

A blog entry by Paul Walk – An infrastructure service anti-pattern – drew some attention a while ago. He argues against a model in which a service provider independently develops APIs and a user interface, and in which, accordingly, the APIs are developed in advance of actual use or explicit external requirements. He claims that … Continue reading VIAF design pattern

The two ways of Web 2.0 – retread

[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 “Although a network can be … Continue reading The two ways of Web 2.0 – retread

Network environmental issues

I wrote a short piece for Portal last year. Reconfiguring the Library Systems Environment portal: Libraries and the Academy, Vol. 8, No. 2, April 2008. http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/archive/2008/dempsey-portal.pdf (.pdf: 195K/18 pp.) [Lorcan Dempsey: Selected publications [OCLC]] The introductory remarks about the environment repeat many of the topics discussed in these pages in the last few years …. … Continue reading Network environmental issues

A network generation …

Further to notes about NetGen, Fintan O’Toole’s wonderful remarks on public libraries, and networking and the Obama campaign, here is Fintan O’Toole on generations, networks, and the election. Thirdly, and closely related to this change, is the cultural impact of the internet. The fears expressed about the internet even a decade ago were that it … Continue reading A network generation …

LeVan on Yee on mashups

I mentioned Raymond Yee’s book on mashups a while ago and signaled that a fuller review would follow from my colleague Ralph LeVan. This has now appeared: Ralph reviews the book positively in the current issue of Ariadne. I can’t imagine a more comprehensive book on mashups. This book would make a great textbook for … Continue reading LeVan on Yee on mashups

Web 2.0 again

I have just got around to looking at Programming Collective Intelligence [O’Reilly][Worldcat] by Toby Segaran. This fascinating book demonstrates how you can build web applications to mine the enormous amount of data created by people on the Internet. With the sophisticated algorithms in this book, you can write smart programs to access interesting datasets from … Continue reading Web 2.0 again

TagCrowd: yet another tag cloud generator

Several services will now generate tag clouds for you based on a submitted URL or text. I suppose these make ideal ‘cloud’ services (ho, ho, …). I have just come across TagCrowd. Here is what it makes of this morning’s CNN home page. It is pretty clear what is on folks’ minds! arrested bailout battle … Continue reading TagCrowd: yet another tag cloud generator

Chrome links

The new Google Chrome browser has captured major attention since it was launched a few days ago. Here, without extensive comment, are links to some interesting posts about Chrome. Nicholas Carr considers strategic motivations …. To Google, the browser has become a weak link in the cloud system – the needle’s eye through which the … Continue reading Chrome links

Stuck in the middle ….

Much of our current model of network information and communication behavior is in the middle ground, it is based on the personal computer (desk- or lap-top) as a consumption target and the organizational website as the delivery target. In other words, the library website is the front door to network library services consumed on the … Continue reading Stuck in the middle ….